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Reserve Your Hotel Room for the 2011 NFDA Convention Today

April 17, 2011

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Reserve Your Hotel Room for the 2011 NFDA Convention Today

Brookfield, Wis. – Funeral professionals planning to attend the 2011 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) International Convention & Expo, hosted in conjunction with the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), can make their hotel reservations and lock in exclusive room rates just for convention attendees. The first-ever NFDA and CANA joint convention will take place October 23-26 in Chicago, Ill.

Reserving a room at one of the official convention hotels gives attendees access to a complimentary shuttle service. The shuttle is only available to guests staying at official convention hotels; a shuttle pass will be provided to guests upon check-in and will be required for boarding the shuttle. The complimentary shuttle service will help attendees save time and money. Taxi fare in Chicago is time-based, not mileage-based; a taxi trip from the hotel to the convention center could cost $20 or more depending on traffic patterns.

There are three hotel properties from which attendees can choose:

Hyatt Regency Chicago: Exclusive Convention Rate: $239 plus tax per night

  • Host hotel
  • Site of the Friends of Facebook gathering and the International Reception
  • Stetson Chop House Restaurant
  • The Bistro at 151
  • J’s Express
  • BIG Bar
  • Complimentary 24 hour Hyatt Stay Fit gym
  • Internet available for a fee
  • Hertz car rental on-site
  • Business center
  • The Fairmont Chicago: Exclusive Convention rate: $234 plus tax per night

  • Site of the Closing Celebration
  • Award-winning Aria Restaurant
  • Eno Wine Room
  • Aria Bar and Sushi Club
  • mySpa and mySpa Fitness Studio
  • Internet available for a fee
  • Pet-friendly hotel
  • Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers: Exclusive Convention Rate: $244 plus tax per night

  • Shula’s Steak House
  • Chicago Burger Company
  • LB’s Bistro & Patisserie
  • Chi Bar
  • Java Bar
  • Health Club with swimming pool
  • Internet available for a fee
  • Business center
  • “If you’re planning to come to the NFDA/CANA Convention, I encourage you to reserve your hotel room and make your travel arrangements as soon as possible,” said Connie Smith, NFDA senior vice president of professional development. “October is a really busy month for meetings and conventions in Chicago and travel costs will increase the longer you wait. I especially encourage you to reserve your room at one of the three fabulous convention hotels so you can take advantage of the complimentary shuttle. Staying at a convention hotel also gives you easy access to social events and allows you to connect with fellow attendees on the shuttle. It’s the best way to go.”

    NFDA International Convention & Expo attendees should visit and click on the “Hotel/Travel” link to learn more about the hotels and to make reservations.

    About Chicago

    Chicago’s great magic lies in its mix: sophisticated yet friendly, bustling city streets adjacent to long stretches of green parks and sparkling blue Lake Michigan, and a stunning year-round array of things to see and do unique in all the world.

    Chicago is more walkable than most global cities, and visitors of all ages enjoy the proximity of such attractions as Navy Pier, Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and other treasures.

    The city’s explosive performance art scene delivers audience-thrilling theatre, music and dance in historic venues. And, of course, an endless assortment of restaurants, shopping and nightlife are all at visitors’ fingertips, ready to match every taste, budget and mood.

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    About CANA

    Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America is an international association of more than 1,500 members, comprised of funeral directors, cemeteries, crematories, consultants, and suppliers.