National Division launches 2018 convention website

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, July 24 — The BLET National Division has launched a new website — https://bletconvention.org — to provide key information to delegates, vendors and guests attending the union’s Fourth National Convention, which will be held October 1-4, 2018.

The BLET’s Fourth National Convention will convene at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Monday, October 1, 2018, through Thursday, October 4, 2018. Delegate registration begins on Sunday, September 30. Approximately 500 delegates will represent nearly 37,000 active locomotive engineers and trainmen throughout the United States.

The new website has numerous sections containing news and other information for delegates, visitors and vendors. The goal is to expedite the registration process by providing as much information as possible in advance of the convention, and to serve as a one-stop information source for convention-related news, photographs and videos.

The delegate section includes a video from BLET National Division President Dennis R. Pierce explaining the convention process. There is a special link directly to the Rio Hotel website that allows delegates to make their room reservations, and another to reserve transportation between the airport and the hotel.

The visitors section provides an online pre-registration form for non-delegates who plan to attend the Fourth National Convention and observe the proceedings. Advance registration for visitors is encouraged as visitors will be required to display a name badge when they are in the convention visitor seating area. The visitors section also contains links for hotel room and airport ground transportation reservations.

Vendors are required to register in advance. A vendor application is available online, and the website provides information regarding vendor booth set up, loading and unloading, security, and other specifics, as well as access to links for hotel room and airport ground transportation reservations.

Additional key elements of the website include a tentative agenda for both the BLET Convention and the BLET Auxiliary Convention, as well as maps of the hotel and the convention area. In addition to the link allowing delegates, visitors and guest to make hotel and airport ground transportation reservations, the new website also contains weather information for the Las Vegas area.

Lastly, the BLET Auxiliary will hold its Third National Auxiliary Convention at the Rio from October 1-3, 2018. Auxiliary delegates will elect National Officers and consider important resolutions. A separate section of the BLET convention website focuses on the Auxiliary’s Convention, and similarly includes links for hotel room and airport ground transportation reservations.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
bentley@ble-t.org