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Spring Conference & Expo

April 19-22, 2010
Doubletree Guest Suites
Historic Charleston, South Carolina

The Destination: Charleston

Since antebellum days, its stately mansions, romantic harborscape and bustling open market have enchanted visitors to Charleston. Now add acclaimed restaurants, chic boutiques, theatres, galleries and pulsing night spots - all have brought flavor and fashion to the city's historic allure. Southern hospitality and outstanding business resources are waiting for you in Charleston.


Drayton Hall is America's finest example of Georgian Palladian architecture.

Boone Hall's Avenue of Oaks is located in Mount Pleasant.

Charleston Harbor where maritime festivities take place.


The Invitation

TLPA President Victor Dizengoff invites you to attend the 2010 Spring Conference and Expo in Historic Charleston in April. This year President Dizengoff directs our focus on "Resilience, Recovery and Recreation" as we convene at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Historic Charleston. Adjacent to Charleston's City Market, the hotel is in an excellent location for your explorations of the city: carriage rides, shopping in the boutiques of King Street, Waterfront Park, the colorful homes of "Rainbow Row", and the city's best restaurants.


Sweetgrass Basket Making: A 300-year-old tradition, an African art form, is still practiced in Charleston.

See the USS Yorktown at Patriot's Point Naval and Maritime Museum.

Historic Carriage Tours: Climb into a horse-drawn buggy and tour Charleston at a slightly slower pace.


The Spring Expo

The exhibit hall will feature tabletop and floor exhibits from vendors eager to show you their newest products and services. As always, our exhibit hall will be the location of the food & beverage functions including the opening cocktail reception, buffet breakfast, and the buffet lunch. The Spring Expo allows for a more intimate setting than does our Annual Trade Show and our exhibitors take advantage of that time concentrating on you, their customers, in a more relaxed atmosphere.

If your company is a provider of goods and services to transportation companies and you have not yet exhibited at TLPA's annual trade show, our spring exhibition is a good place to start. Approximately 300 industry leaders will attend the conference to set the association's focus for the coming year. Make sure your company's products and services are in front of the transportation fleet owners…and watch your profits soar. Click here to view the Exhibitor Prospectus.


Attendees enjoy special closing night events at TLPA Spring Conference & Expos.

Exhibitors display to fleet owners as they enjoy lunch in the exhibit hall.

Company products and services made available to almost 300 industry leaders at once is a salespersons' dream come true.


The Agenda

This year we'll be meeting on a Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The conference is currently scheduled to begin Monday, April 19 with the Taxicab Committee and Paratransit & Contracting Committee meetings at 1:30 p.m. The exhibit hall opens with a Cocktail Reception from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday morning we will begin with a breakfast buffet in the exhibit hall followed a general session. After a luncheon buffet with our exhibitors, the Limousine & Sedan Committee will meet before three concurrent breakout sessions are offered during the remaining afternoon hours.

An open meeting of the TLPA Board of Directors is planned for Wednesday morning. The board will discuss what course the association will take for the coming year including establishing the legislative agenda; review the status of the strategic plan and future meeting site selections. Click here for a copy of the tentative agenda.


At the Aquarium Wharf one can visit the South Carolina Aquarium, IMAX, Fort Sumter Tours, or Bike the Bridge Rentals.

On Chalmers Street, hear the click of horses' hoofs on the cobblestone and know that you have arrived in a place where history lives.

Meeting rooms fill with interested attendees at our educational TLPA breakout sessions.


Sunset Blues & BBQ Cruise

Locals say that a harbor cruises is one of the best things to do while in Charleston — so we're taking their advice! Join us for a Sunset Blues & BBQ Cruise on Tuesday, April 20. We'll board Charleston Harbor Tours' Carolina Belle at 6:00pm and cruise from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

During our spin around the harbor you'll see famous Civil War sites like Fort Sumter, Patriot's Point, and the Battery. You'll also get a unique perspective of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. With a main span of 1,546 feet, this impressive structure is among the longest cable-stayed bridges in the Western Hemisphere.

But we didn't name this cruise "blues & BBQ" for nothing! Enjoy the sounds of one of Charleston's finest blues band, Shrimp City Slim, while sipping your favorite libation. Then dig in to Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ buffet which will serve up dry rub chicken and brisket that Ron says will "knock your socks off!"

The Carolina Belle has two decks — A "Main Salon", which is climate controlled and an "Observation Deck" (half of which is covered by awning). Decks are connected by stairs only, and restrooms are located on the observation desk. The upper level is normally used to board and disembark, but at times the tide dictates use of an opposite deck.

April weather is usually 70°-80° during the day and 50°-60° at night and it may be a few degrees cooler on the water. The dock is located less than one mile from the hotel. We will help arrange transportation for those who prefer not to walk.

This optional event is limited to the first 150 conference registrants who order tickets. Cost is $65 per person for member registrants and $100 per person for non-member registrants to include cruise, buffet, one drink of your choice, and entertainment. Cash bar will also be available.


Hotel Highlights

Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston — Historic District
181 Church Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Tel: 1-843-577-2644
Fax: 1-843-577-2697

At the intersection of Market and Church Streets, in the center of Charleston's best tourist district, you'll find the Doubletree Guest Suites. The hotel's grand lobby exemplifies traditional Charlestonian ambience that is further illustrated in small lavish touches throughout the hotel and the southern hospitality of the employees.

Behind the charm, you will find all the modern amenities you need like high-speed internet access in the guest rooms, complimentary WiFi in the public areas, a Fitness/Cardio Center, and full-service business center.

Spacious guestrooms overlook the tranquil fountain courtyard or the beautiful historic buildings and homes of the city. Executive King Rooms are the newest addition and have larger bathrooms. All other guestrooms are suites that offer a separate living area. Amenities include workstations with ergonomic chairs, wetbars, refrigerators, bistro tables, sleeper sofas, and Sweet Dreams® beds featuring plush-top mattress, luxurious linens, down comforter and an abundant supply of jumbo pillows.

Cut off Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 p.m.

TLPA's convention rate is $179 that can be extended 3-days prior and 3-days after our conference dates based on availability at the time you make the reservation.

Cancellation policy is 48 hours prior to arrival.

Please make your reservations early. TLPA's room block will expire on March 3, 2010, or whenever our block of rooms sells out, whichever happens first. You can reserve a room in two ways:

By Phone: You can call the hotel direct toll-free at 1-877-408-8733. Since this number goes directly to the property, the agents will be able to answer any questions you have about room choices. Please tell the agent that our group code is TLR and the conference dates are April 18-21, 2010.

On-line:Click here to be directed to the Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston — Historical District reservations page. In order to get our group rate you must enter the group code of TLR into the box under "Special Accounts" marked "Group/Convention Code" which you will find on the page where you enter your arrival and departure dates along with room type preferences.


St. Phillips Episcopal Church Steeple is known as the lighthouse steeple that once helped guide ships to port.

The Pineapple Fountain is located in Waterfront Park, overlooking the Charleston Harbor.

Historic Rainbow Row has colorful houses that are a symbol of Charleston.


Register Now

Early registration will begin soon.


Transportation to the Hotel

Charleston International Airport is located 12 miles west of downtown and a 20-minute taxi ride. Fares listed as $27 from the airport to downtown. Shuttles are available for $12 per person one-way. If driving to the hotel, parking available at $19.00 plus tax per night with in/out privileges.


Scenic Golf: Charleston served as the site of the first golf club in America in 1786.

The corner of Meeting and Market Street is a bustling intersection marked by shopping, tourism, fine dining and stellar accommodations.

Inviting Ironwork: Local artists like Phillip Simmons kept the craft alive.



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