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The 2008 NIA-WIACO Convention
May 7–10, 2008
Paradise Island, Bahamas

Evening Entertainment

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Welcome Reception: Welcome to Paradise

FESI and NIA—together again.

We want to extend you a very special welcome to the 2008 NIA-WIACO Convention in the Bahamas. The opening night’s festivities will reveal the mysteries of the Lost City of Atlantis. Set on the stunning Royal Deck, you’ll enjoy the magical backdrop of the Royal Towers of the Atlantis perfectly illuminated in the night sky. Delicious food, drinks, and music will round out the evening’s events.

The tropical setting of this elegant reception will set the tone for your stay in the Bahamas. You’ll be welcomed to this undersea world by the soft steel drums of a Calypso trio.

The Welcome Reception will put you in a laid-back, island frame of mind and will allow you to gear up for the week’s activities. It will put you in just the right mood for your relaxing visit to the Bahamas, and it’s a perfect start to a week of wonderful food, exciting entertainment, and endless networking opportunities.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Appreciation Night: A Bahamian Oceanside Celebration

This beachside party promises colorful island entertainment.

This outdoor Junkanoo Festival, a traditional Bahamian island celebration, is one party you will not want to miss. This is a great time to “get your toes in the sand” and network by the light of tiki torches with the sound of waves crashing on the shore and the salty smell of the ocean filling the air. The vibrant, brightly colored décor sets the stage for the festivities.

You won’t be able to resist the beat of the 5-piece spank band, which plays high-energy island music. Each guest can participate in the party by donning the miniature Junkanoo masks or playing the maracas and tambourines scattered at each table. You’ll also be introduced to some exciting island traditions, such as a limbo dancer and exotic Bahamian fire dancers, who will perform daring acts with fire and flaming torches.

This party is only the beginning! As a transition to the manufacturers’ dessert suites, performers will lead guests in a traditional parade, much like a conga line, in which everyone is encouraged to “rush” or dance to the rhythm of the bells and drums. This extraordinary tradition is known for its brightly colored, incredibly elaborate costumes, as well as the harmony of the music, which is unlike any other.

Dessert Hospitality Suites

The celebration continues with a taste of paradise.

The final parade of the Junkanoo Festival will lead guests directly to this year’s dessert suites. This year there will be various offerings from numerous companies, and you’ll want to sample every one while networking with colleagues and friends along the way. This amazing array of delicious treats is sure to satisfy any craving you may have. You’ll definitely want to take full advantage of the opportunity to introduce yourself to your hosts, and to other attendees from both NIA and FESI.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

President’s Gala

This elegant convention finale will include cocktails, dinner, and dancing.

The President’s Gala will mark the conclusion of the NIA-WIACO Convention, and this event is a fitting way to wrap up the week. Because of the convention’s tropical setting, cocktail dresses and business attire will be appropriate for this event (no tuxedos please). Attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception, followed by a topnotch gourmet meal and dancing. This will be a final opportunity to celebrate with NIA and FESI members before leaving the island paradise that is Atlantis.

The President’s Gala will feature an awards ceremony honoring NIA’s outgoing President, Wayne W. Killion, Jr., for his year of service to NIA and our industry. As a special treat, this year’s gala will feature a DJ who will inevitably play songs that make you want to get out of your seat and dance. Between the food, the entertainment, and the company, the gala will be a perfect ending to the week’s activities and will no doubt leave attendees with wonderful memories for years to come.

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