2018 National Convention

December 4 – 7, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Registration deadline is Monday, October 1, 2018. Individuals will have seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival to cancel without penalty. If cancelled after this time, a charge of one night’s room and tax will be incurred. 

The Convention Hotel is the Embassy Suites Hotel New Orleans Convention Center at 315 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

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For hotel reservations you can also call 1-800-362-2779. Use the group code SDP.

Reserving your room at the convention hotel allows us to use the hospitality room and banquet room at no cost to SDPHS. Additionally, the Embassy Suites offers its guests 2 free drink tickets for the Manager’s reception each night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available to Hilton Honors members. If you have not applied for Hilton Honors membership, you might want to consider it before making your reservations

Room Rates: $115 per night plus taxes and fees for two (2) occupants in a room over the age of 18 years. There will be a $20.00 per person charge for each additional occupant over the age of 18 years. Nine ADA equipped rooms have been reserved in our block of rooms. Rooms are two-room suites with double and king sized beds. Rollways are not permitted in suites. Ninety percent (90%) of rooms have balconies. The room rates will be offered, based on availability, to attendees three (3) days before and three (3) days after convention.

Early Departure Fee: If an attendee checks out prior to the attendee’s reserved checkout date, the hotel will add an early checkout fee to the attendee’s account of $90.00. Attendees wishing to avoid an early checkout fee should advise the hotel at or before check-in of any change to planned length of stay.

For those driving and staying at the convention hotel, valet parking is available for $28.25/day. For those flying into New Orleans, shuttles are available at the airport for a fee of $24 per person one-way with stops at multiple hotels, and taxies for $36 for 2 persons direct to the hotel.



Tuesday 12/4
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Executive (outgoing) Board Meeting
Prytania Room

1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Registration, Small Stores
Prytania Room
Wednesday 12/5
8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Registration, Small Stores
Prytania Room

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Welcome to New Orleans Bus Tour
Bus outside hotel

1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Steamboat Natchez Cruise
with lunch and jazz band
Bus outside hotel
Thursday 12/6
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Registration, Small Stores
Prytania Room

8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
General Membership Meeting
Prytania Room

11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lunch and show at WWII Museum
WWII Museum

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Final Registration, Small Stores
Prytania Room
Friday 12/7
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration
WWII Museum

3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Executive (new) Board Meeting
Small Meeting Room

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Convention Banquet
Fontainebleau Section 4