AORE-AEE Peel Back the Curtain on Conference Pricing

From time to time we’re asked about the cost for attending the annual conference. “Why is registration so high?” When you factor in travel, housing and meals, attending a national event like the AORE-AEE Conference is certainly a considered purchase. 
For some perspective, I’ll share with you that the annual conference I attend each year with my professional association ranges from $1,199 to $1,699 per person (and that’s just the registration fee!). 
On the other end of the continuum, we know that a variety of student-led and regional events that serve the outdoor industry are relatively inexpensive. Moreover, we know it feels like a considerable increase for AEE attendees as compared to past years.
But we hope you’ll read on to gain a clearer understanding of the robust experience we have planned for you in Spokane. For example, AEE traditionally breaks apart meal costs from registration and this year six meals are included as part of the registration fee — and that's just the beginning. 
So, while the AORE/AEE rates may be higher than some other outdoor industry events, all member rates prior to Aug. 2 are well below $600 per person. And we hope you’ll plan to register early so you can take advantage of this early registration discount.
Likewise, to shed some additional light on why our event may cost a little more, following are just some of the factors impacting expenses (and, therefore, overall cost):
Despite these various cost centers, you can expect at least two things: a professional conference experience and a value-laden event that promises to deliver return on investment in the following areas (each of which serves as our overarching conference goals):
We hope you will invest in yourself. Registration is now open. 
And should you need help finding the right words to share/discuss this opportunity with your supervisor, department head or manager, download and modify this justification letter. In the meantime, we’ll look forward to seeing you Nov. 13-15 in Spokane, Washington.