The DestinationName a city that boasts nationally recognized chefs, exciting nightlife, endless shopping, history and culture PLUS 300 days of sunshine per year? It's Denver—the site of the TLPA 2007 Annual Convention & Trade Show.
President Brian Wier and our host operators invite you to attend the most comprehensive meeting anywhere for owners and operators in the transportation industry. The TLPA Annual Convention not only provides workshops and discussions on what you need to know, but it also brings together industry leaders whose knowledge and experience you can tap into for the benefit of your business. No matter what captures your attention, you're sure to find it in the Mile High City.
The ExhibitsThe Trade Show will be held in the expansive Colorado Convention Center directly across the street from the Hyatt. The TLPA Trade Show is the showcase for the latest in technology and service for your business—look, listen & learn and you will find something to save you time and money and improve your business! Immediate Past President Brian McBride says, "Nowhere else in the world can you find these vendors waiting to display their products and talk serious business with you. The savings in time and travel makes this the premier industry event…you need to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity". Click here for a listing of contracted exhibitors by product category.
Trade Show HoursThe grand opening of the Trade Show will be held on Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday the exhibit hall will be open from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. with lunch being served early and an open bar served later in the afternoon. On Thursday, the exhibit hall will be open from noon to 3:15 p.m. with lunch being served early and prize drawings being held later in the afternoon.
27 Roundtable DiscussionsOn Tuesday afternoon, October 9, the convention's educational sessions open with three sets of nine concurrent roundtables. This newest feature of the convention received rave reviews from the participants the past two years and is expected to be even more popular in Denver. You will want to arrive early for the sessions you want to speak at to assure yourself a seat at the table.
Opening General SessionFirst thing Wednesday morning, at the Opening General Session, President Brian Wier will give his state of the industry & TLPA address. Following President Wier will be the keynote speaker for the convention. A leading public official has been invited and we should soon be able to announce their participation.
Taxi Company ToursTLPA convention registrants are in for a treat — your registration fee will include two company tours in Denver. All convention registrants are invited to tour Denver Yellow Cab on Tuesday, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon and tour Metro Taxi on Thursday, October 11 from 3:25 p.m. - 5:25 p.m. Refreshments will be served at both locations.
Metro Taxi opened its doors on August 1, 1985 and now our TLPA convention host operators Robert McBride and Bill Cotter are pleased to open their doors to the TLPA convention attendees. Metro Taxi has nearly 500 taxis in operation with nearly 100 employees making it Denver's largest taxi company. Metro Taxi offers a variety of vehicles including Ford Crown Victorias, mini-vans, wheelchair accessible vehicles and Toyota Hybrid Prius. Tour participants will also see the computerized dispatching system and hear about how their Taxis Fiesta brand is fairing with its service to Denver's Hispanic population.
Colorado Cab Company, doing business as Denver Yellow Cab, is pleased to be one of the TLPA convention host operators and is offering convention attendees a tour of their 8-acre facility. Yellow Cab houses 300 plus taxis with full GPS computer dispatch, complete maintenance garage, administrative offices and a driver training facility. Come and see their facilities and enjoy the great refreshments they will be serving. They invite you to visit their web site at http://www.yellowtrans.com/yellow_cab/yellow_cab_home.htm to get a preview of their company.
Optional Ticketed EventsGolf Tournament: The Annual Gateway Insurance Golf Tournament to benefit the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Foundation will be held on Monday, October 8, with departure from the Hyatt Regency Denver at 10:45 a.m. and a shotgun tee-off at noon. The tournament will be held at the Riverdale Dunes Golf Club in Denver which has been voted the best public golf course in the state for the last 10 years. An awards ceremony sponsored by the John Burnham Insurance Company will include dinner, drinks, and drawings for door prizes will conclude the event. Click here for more information and a registration form.
Women In Transportation Dinner: The annual dinner will be held on Tuesday evening, October 9 in a private dining room at Tamayo, a modern and energetic festive Mexican restaurant. TLPA guests will have their choice of two appetizers, three entrees and two desserts featuring marinated halibut, flambe' shrimp or grilled chicken as the entrée.
This event is a social/problem-solving event where female operators, spouses, vendors and lots and lots of males attend. It is held on the first night of the convention to help build relationships early in the convention. This event was originally meant as a social icebreaker for women operators new to the convention and has grown into a social icebreaker for everyone new to the convention. If you are a first time attendee to the convention, you should consider attending this optional function.
Spouses Program: All spouses registered for the convention may also register for a 3 ½ hour City Tour of Denver and the Red Rocks Amphitheater. We'll board the buses Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. from the Hyatt Regency and begin our tour with a morning snack while our route includes a leisurely and revealing drive through the "ritzy" historic slice of downtown Denver's residential neighborhoods. Learn of the infamous characters and some of their stories that affected the development of "Denver City." Venture back in time to the early 19th century as we learn of our local heroine, Molly Brown and her experiences in Denver after the Titanic. As our day unfolds we continue to Larimer Square, a thriving marketplace in the Lodo region (lower downtown) and witness the Victorian mansions that many now believe to be haunted. You will also see many other points of interest including the State Capitol building and the United States Mint.
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Photo Credit: DMCVB
Photo Credit: DMCVB
Next, travel 15 miles west of the city to Red Rocks Amphitheater. This internationally known amphitheater sits between towering red sandstone formations where musical artists perform evening concerts in the incredible natural acoustic setting. We'll enjoy time at the Visitor's Center along with some interesting historical facts (and musical factoids!).
Our tour will conclude at the Colorado Convention Center where we will de-board for lunch in the exhibit hall.
Closing Banquet: The closing night banquet will be held on Thursday evening, October 11. The fun filled night features an open bar, a great meal, entertainment and the silent auction to benefit TLPA's legislative arm, the TLPA Action Fund.
Plan to Attend Mark your calendars now to attend TLPA's 89th Annual Convention & Trade Show. Included in the convention registration fee are two breakfasts, two lunches, two cocktail receptions, a tour of a transportation company, a prize drawing, and, of course, the items the exhibitors and sponsors give away. In addition, plenty of time is still built into the convention schedule for you to use to relax, enjoy and to speak informally with your fellow industry members.
TLPA & TLPF Annual Business MeetingsOn Wednesday, October 10, the TLPA and Foundation Annual Business Meetings will be held where new budgets will be adopted, bylaw changes will be reviewed and board members will be elected and sworn into office. The highlight of the Annual Business Meeting will be newly elected TLPA President Brian Hunt presenting his vision for the future course of TLPA and the industry.
Hotel HighlightsConvention headquarters will be at the Hyatt Regency Denver. The Hyatt made its grand opening in December 2005 and offers over 1000 spacious guestrooms with the plush new Grand Beds, flat-screen TVs and extensive health club with indoor lap pool—not to mention the panoramic views. The striking, new, state-of-the-art hotel is perfectly situated to give you unequalled access to all of the Downtown Denver attractions, from shops and restaurants to sporting events and nightlife.
Please make your hotel reservations early. TLPA's room block will expire on September 17, 2007 or whenever our block of rooms sells out, whichever happens first. Make your reservations directly with the Hyatt Regency Hotel. By identifying yourself as a TLPA registrant, you will receive our special group rate starting at $185.00 Single/Double; $205 Regency Club; $210.00 Triple and $235 Quad. The Hyatt Regency Hotel reservations department number in Denver is (303) 436-1234. We also have a few overflow rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn located across the street from the Hyatt Regency. We have the same room rate of $185 per night at the Hilton Garden Inn, which can be reached by calling (303) 603-8000.
All rooms have mobile workstations, video on demand, high-speed internet access, dataport, hairdryers, 25 inch or larger flat screen TV, cordless phone(s), windows that open, iron/ironing board, coffee maker, cable/satellite TV channels, clock radio, large safe and morning newspaper. The hotel also boasts:
- Full-Service Fitness Center
- Indoor Lap Pool
- Sauna, Outdoor Hot Tub
- Cardio Theater
Denver Arts Week October 5-12, 2007Denver will celebrate creativity with Denver Arts Week during TLPA's visit to Denver. Denver Arts Week is a first-time innovative collaboration of the entire arts and cultural community where residents and visitors alike will find art districts, galleries, theaters, museums and area attractions offering special programming, valuable discounts, interactive events, prize giveaways, food, fun and festive receptions during this special week.
One of the major exhibits opening during Denver Arts Week is the opening of the Artisans and Kings — Selected Treasures from the Louvre at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibit opens on October 6, 2007 and runs until January 6, 2008.
The Denver Art Museum announced that it will host Artisans and Kings — Selected Treasures from the Louvre, as the first international exhibition in the new Frederic C. Hamilton Building. The Museum will present an array of masterworks including mainly decorative arts, such as Gobelin's 1775 tapestry The Loves of the Gods, Vertume and Pomone and a selection of Sèvres porcelain, completed by sculptures, antiquities, paintings and drawings by Rubens, Titian, Velazquez and Dürer, among others.
Other events in and around Denver for Denver Arts Week include:
- The Rhythms of Nature that will be held at the Denver Botanic Gardens on October 6. This festive event will feature a mosaic of musical rhythms, "Chapungu" African sculptures, amidst the amazing array of colors of the lush gardens.
- The High Plein Aire Arts Celebration will be held in the Golden Triangle Museum District from October 6-12 where Plein Aire artists will be painting at various locations.
- Green Days at the Zoo will be held at the Denver Zoo on October 7 emphasizing wildlife conservation & environment.
- Third Class Bash will be held at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Anchored by the Titanic exhibit, DMNS, in collaboration with the Molly Brown Museum, will throw a party for all ages on October 11. In addition to live music from the local band, The Indulgers, there will be beer, pub food and other entertainment geared toward young professionals.
Go to www.DenverArtsWeek.com for a complete calendar of the week's events and activities.
Everyone knows the Mile High City has breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, but the nation's tenth largest downtown has something for everyone. In the center of the city (and near the Hyatt Regency) is a 9-mile pedestrian promenade lined with shops, restaurants and brew pubs. Speaking of brew pubs, Denver brews more beer than any other city, registering 80 different varieties for you to sample. You need to schedule an evening to explore one of the surrounding neighborhoods like Lower Downtown (commonly referred to as "LoDo"). Filled with sports bars, jazz clubs and restaurants, LoDo's restored Victorian buildings provide the background for the new "place to be". No matter what time of year, sports fans can find a game to attend between the seven professional sports teams that call Denver "home". The Denver Art Museum and Performing Arts Complex are world-class. And the city is quickly gaining a reputation for young, innovative chefs who dabble in serving unique native dishes like buffalo burgers and rattlesnake tails along with the more traditional T-bone steak!
TransportationHyatt Regency Denver is accessible from Denver International Airport via several modes of transportation:
Taxi Service: Approximate cost is $45 one way
- Metro Cab, TLPA Convention Sponsor – (303) 333-3333
- Denver Yellow Cab, TLPA Convention Sponsor – (303) 777-7777
- Cost is $19 per person each way
- Shuttles run 6:00 a.m. to Midnight, approximately every 15 minutes
- Shuttle ticket counters are located on Terminal Level 5, across from the rental car agencies. Reservations are not required between 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Shuttle stops at Hyatt Regency Denver for pick up every 15 minutes
- For ticket information, call 800-258-3826 or 303-316-3865
- Super Shuttle features blue vans with SUPER SHUTTLE printed on the side
Limousine Service: Approximate cost is $40-100 (one way, dependant upon company and number of passengers).
The place to be in October is Denver-we'll meet you there!
Photos courtesy of DMCVB.