NFDA Convention Housing Opens, Sets Record
Brookfield, Wis. – According to Experient Housing Bureau, the official housing bureau for the 2015 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) International Convention & Expo, funeral professionals booked 1,654 room nights in a matter of four hours on April 1, the first day attendees could book reservations (1,915 room nights were booked within eight hours of housing opening; 2,026 room nights were booked during the first 24 hours). In 2014, 1,523 room nights were booked during the first three days housing was open. The NFDA International Convention & Expo will take place October 18-21 in Indianapolis, Ind.
“It is absolutely incredible that more than 2,000 rooms for our 2015 Convention were booked so quickly,” said NFDA Senior Vice President Connie Smith. “This demonstrates that members, suppliers and other funeral professionals know that the NFDA Convention is an unmatched opportunity for education, exhibits, networking and fellowship. Funeral professionals eagerly anticipate the day and time housing opens just like a concert event. It’s amazing.”
Smith urges funeral directors and suppliers who want to attend convention to book their hotel rooms as soon as possible, because some hotels are already sold out.
“While the deadline to book hotel rooms is September 25, we encourage everyone who is planning to join us in Indianapolis to book their rooms early,” she said. “In the past, room blocks have sold out. Given the response yesterday, I am sure that our room blocks will fill up sooner than they did last year.”
Attendees can choose from several reasonably-priced hotels within walking distance of the Indiana Convention Center. The 2015 NFDA Convention website, www.nfda.org/indy2015, has complete details about each of the NFDA Convention hotels; attendees can use the NFDA Housing Bureau to compare hotel rates and amenities, and make reservations.
The NFDA International Convention & Expo is the world’s largest gathering of funeral directors. It offers funeral service professionals unprecedented opportunities for learning, networking, and discovering new products and services. The latest information, including details on how to register for the Convention and reserve hotel rooms, can be found by visiting www.nfda.org/indy2015 or calling 800-228-6332. Those who wish to attend convention can save up to $100 on the registration fee when they register on or before September 11.
NFDA thanks its 2015 International Convention & Expo sponsors:
- Platinum: Chrysler, Federated Insurance
- Gold: Batesville, Frazer Consultants, NGL Insurance Group, Physicians Mutual
- Silver: ASD – Answering Service for Directors, Bass-Mollett Publishers, Carriage Services, The HELPCard, Homesteaders Life Company, Implant Recycling, Live Oak Bank, Madelyn Company, Messenger, Nomis Publications Inc.
- Bronze: Doric, Hunter-Warfield, Inman Shipping Worldwide, LoveUrns
NFDA is the world’s leading and largest funeral service association, serving 19,700 individual members who represent more than 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 39 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.nfda.org.