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Houston, Texas Welcomes You To The 141st Imperial Session
July 5-9, 2015

Arabia Temple and Texas Shriners are excited to be hosting the 2015 Imperial Session, and we look forward to meeting Shriners from all over the world. The session will be at the George Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

Touted as one of the best cities in the country to live, work and play, Houston is a thriving urban metropolis that supports some of the most vivid cultural art and culinary scenes in the country. Activities abound in and around Houston. You will want to plan a few extra days to travel around the area. You can use the Attractions tab to find out what's going on in this part of Texas. Bring the family and make a memorable vacation out of Imperial 2015!

We have a lot of exciting news and information for you about Houston, the Convention Center, the host hotels and logistics for the event As we get closer and closer to July 5, 2015, we will be updating lmperial2015.com with more and more information.
April 2, 2015

It was a pleasure to be with most of you at the Assistant Rabban Conference.  Your time is near to reserve the rooms you will be needing in Daytona Beach in 2017. 
You will need to make an appointment with the 2017 Housing Committee at the Imperial Session in Houston  to pick out your hotel and pay your $20.00 per room binder fee. 


By now you should have received all of the info in the mail to set up your appointment.  You can also go onto the  www.Imperial2017.com web site to make your appointment
and to review all of the hotels available.  The earlier you get an appointment the better the selection will be.  The early bird will have priority choice on hotels.  You can also
contact Housing Chairman Art Horton at  386-562-8721 for information.


Below is a "Press Release" the Daytona Beach CVB sent out after the conference to the local news outlets for your reading pleasure. 


We'll see you at the beach in 2017,
The 2017 Imperial Housing Committee
Press Release
Media Contact: Lori Campbell Baker
Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
386.255.0415, ext. 125


Daytona Beach Gets Shriners Revved Up
Delegation of city and county officials meet 200+ incoming Potentates (Presidents)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 16, 2015)
- A delegation of Daytona Beach officials travelled to Tampa, Florida, Monday, March 9, 2015 to meet with over 200 incoming Potentates (Presidents). The gathering, held at the Marriott Tampa International Airport, gave the delegation an opportunity to get the crowd "revved up" about the 2017-2018 Imperial Sessions to be held in Daytona Beach.

"This was a great opportunity for us to meet with the influencers," said Daytona Beach Area CVB Executive Director Tom Caradonio. "These are the people who will impact how many people come to Daytona Beach for the Imperial Sessions in 2017-18." 

The group anticipates 10,000-15,000 attendees partaking in the weeklong event, July 9-13, 2017, with an economic impact of up to $8-million. The host hotels are Wyndham Ocean Walk, Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort and The Plaza Resort and Spa, and 25 additional hotels will be contracted by individual Shrine groups.

The Daytona Beach delegation warmly welcomed the audience then proceeded with a "Racing to Daytona Beach" presentation. The presentation included a brief history of how the event came to fruition with the major crux focused on providing the Shriners with support to book their rooms early. The group erupted in applause when they were informed that transportation to and from their hotels would be complimentary.

"After 5 years of working on Daytona Beach as the 2017-18 venue for the Shriners Imperial Session," said Imperial Assistant Rabban Gary Bergenske, "it is so exciting to get to this point where we are talking to the actual people who will begin arranging for the hotel reservations. I can't wait to see Daytona Beach filled with men wearing a Shriners Fez, enjoying the beach with their families." Bergenske will serve as Imperial Potentate, the highest leadership position of Shriners International, during the 2017-18 convention.

An event specific website - www.imperial2017.com - has been developed by the Shriners to showcase the Daytona Beach area, as well as the wide variety of area attractions which the Shriners' families and friends will be able to enjoy while the Shriners themselves are in session. Members of Shrine Centers will be able to book their hotel reservations beginning this July.

Attending from the Daytona Beach area were: Daytona Beach Shores Mayor Harry Jennings and his wife, Helen; City of Daytona Beach Athletic Manager, Leisure Services, Jacquelyn Pannell; Ocean Center Director of Sales and Marketing Angela Daniels; Ocean Center Sales Manager Lori Hunter; Daytona Beach Area CVB Executive Director Tom Caradonio; Daytona Beach Area CVB Director of Group Sales Linda McMahon; Daytona Beach Area CVB Sales Manager Lynn Miles; and Daytona Beach Area CVB Communications Coordinator Tonya West.
About the Daytona Beach Area

Discover the new Daytona Beach and its surrounding area, a resurging destination along Florida's East Coast comprising eight distinct communities. Recognized worldwide for its annual events including Bike Week, Biketoberfest®, the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Daytona 500, Daytona Beach's famed heritage also claims the headquarters of LPGA and NASCAR -- and is home to Daytona International Speedway, the 'World Center of Racing.' With more than 15,000 beds, the destination boasts accommodations for all lifestyles and budgets including resorts, B&Bs, hotels and everything in between. Visitors can enjoy the quintessential vacation experience beginning with the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier, or choose from a surprising list of attractions and cultural venues and a colorful culinary scene. With 23 miles of world-famous beaches ideal for shelling, swimming and surfing, it is no surprise Daytona Beach was chosen as a Best Florida Attraction in the Top 10 Best Readers' Choice travel award contest sponsored by USA TODAY. To order a complimentary comprehensive Official Visitors Guide or book a stay, visit DaytonaBeach.com. For real-time updates, visit Facebook.com/DaytonaBeach or Twitter.com/DaytonaBeachFun.

About Shriners International
Founded in 1870 in New York City is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of  brotherly love, relief and truth. Today there are 197 Shrine Centers located throughout the world. Shriners are men who share the legacy of commitment, concern and camaraderie. For more than 140 years that shared legacy has improved the lives of countless children. In 1922 the Shriners founded the first Shriners Hospitals for Children in Shreveport, Louisiana. Since then this unique philanthropy has grown to an extraordinary health system with 22 facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our hospitals provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. In order to continue our mission, Shriners Hospitals for Children relies on the generous donations of Shriners and the general public. All care and services are provided regardless of a family's ability to pay. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
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