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Conference VIP Wins Deluxe Deals: Dinners, Meet and Greets, and Upgrades

by Chelsea Simens
March 6, 2014

Experience New Orleans The VIP Way Compliments of IRA!The International Reading Association is taking host city New Orleans’ motto “laissez les bonnes temps rouler” to heart this year with the spectacular VIP contest.  Attendees who register for the International Reading Association’s 59th Annual Conference and book an IRA-approved hotel on or before April 14, 2014 will be automatically entered. The winner will let the good times roll with $600 dollars in restaurant vouchers, a hotel upgrade, exclusive meet and greets with star speakers, and more—just for registering!

Upon arrival in New Orleans, the winner will be showered in luxury. The 2014 VIP package includes a complimentary room upgrade. Tired of waiting in lines? At the conference, the winner will receive VIP seating at all three General Sessions. This will put you up close with Captain Underpants series author Dav Pilkey on Friday, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series author Jeff Kinney on Saturday, and renowned researcher P. David Pearson and legendary educator Rafe Esquith on Monday. Additionally, the winner will receive the exclusive opportunity to attend a meet-and-greet with select speakers.

The 2014 VIP winner also gains elite access to some of New Orleans’ culinary treasures. Looking to dine at one of NOLA’s only four-star/four-diamond restaurants with one of the most impressive wine selections in the city? Look no further! The winner will receive a special chef’s tasting dinner for two at Windsor Court’s Grill Room. As if that isn’t enough, the package also includes $100 gift certificates to Antoine’s Restaurant, the country’s oldest family-owned/world-renowned restaurant; Arnaud’s Restaurant, where classic Creole Cuisine meets live Jazz; and The Pelican Club, a three dining room restaurant in a historic 19th-century townhouse all located in the heart of the French Quarter.

The VIP package also includes goodies from IRA! The winner will receive a $100 voucher towards books and merchandise at the IRA Bookstore as well as a one-year online membership to IRA. (Existing members will receive a one-year extension to their current membership.)

Register on or before the Early Bird deadline on April 14, 2014 for a chance to win this package and receive the best discounts on conference rates. Enter the code AC14VIP for the chance to win the VIP promotion.

IRA 2014 rolls into New Orleans on May 9 for Institute Day; the Conference and Exhibits runs from May 10 to 12, 2014. Visit www.iraconference.org for details.

Chelsea Simens is the strategic communications intern at the International Reading Association.

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