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A Sneak Peek of the 2018 Convention & Expo

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It’s almost time to plan your summer getaway to Amelia Island, Florida—for a sunny family vacation and the Georgia Dental Association’s beachfront Convention & Expo.

We’ve heard from members like you, and learned what makes this annual event special for you and your families—and we have a sneak peek of some of the new and returning activities you’ll find this summer.

Look for registration to open by February 22 at

Back by Popular Demand

The District Challenge

Win bragging rights for a year! You’ll compete with your colleagues from other districts in challenges for your mind, body and talents. In previous years, points have been awarded for activities including a beach ball run, tricycle race, trivia, attendance at key Convention & Expo events, and more.

Look for a brand new list of challenges for the 2018 Convention & Expo to be published soon, and start building your team. Here’s a hint: make sure you invite a few rock star singers with a flair for karaoke!

Downtown Pub Crawl

In 2017, our new mixology tour at local Fernandina bars had incredible attendance —so we’re bringing it back. Party with the locals and meet some awesome bartenders! On each stop, our tour guests will meet the bartenders who will be mixing up unique drinks just for you. You’ll hear about the art and craft of mixing cocktails while finding out about each bar’s history, and then enjoy a tasting of a specially prepared cocktail.

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New in 2018

Registration Has A Few Perks

Included in your reservation at The Ritz-Carlton, GDA attendees receive additional value, including:
•Complimentary Valet Parking (value of $26/day)
•Access to the health & fitness center ($20 daily value)
•Resort beach access with complimentary beach chairs
•10% off published spa pricing
•Housekeeping twice daily including nightly turndown with two bottles of water
•Morning newspaper daily in your guest room

Adults-only GDA Lounge

On Saturday night, a live band headlines the GDA Lounge—and the vocals are supplied by you. This isn’t your average karaoke: Atlanta’s Metalsome, a live karaoke band, backs up your song choice, and helps you own the stage. Make sure to be there for our lip sync battle at 7:30—part of the district challenges!
The evening also includes fun for all ages! We’ll start with inflatables and family activities from 5:30–8 pm and a dinner buffet at 6:30 pm. Kids 5–12 years old can stay for a family movie (supervision provided from 8–10:30 pm) while adults unwind in the GDA Lounge from 8–11 pm. It’s a night you won’t want to miss!