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Updated communications regarding the IAO’s  2021 annual meeting at The Marriott Harbor Beach in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The dates have changed, the meeting will be held over May 30, 31st and June 1, 2021.

 The International Academy of Ocularistry Board of Trustees have met several times utilizing zoom and many factors were considered in making this change. The Pandemic has certainly affected us all in many ways. The meeting was moved forward for the following reasons:

 1- The Health and Safety for everyone involved. These are unprecedented times for all of us and we do not know what is going to be in the near future with this Pandemic. We want people to feel safe to travel and feel safe being around others once again.

2- Many folks have had their offices closed anywhere from a few weeks to several months. It was felt that moving the meeting forward allows more time for economic recovery thus easing the financial burden.

3- The BOT felt it important to hold the meeting over a three-day weekend to limit the number of days away from everyone’s office. The BOT is very intent on minimizing financial impact with maximizing credits and the shared experiences that our camaraderie brings.

Keep checking the website as more information becomes available it will be added along with the hotel reservation information. Details regarding the hotel amenities are listed below.

Ft. Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach 2021

New dates are:  Sunday, 5/30/21 - Tuesday, 6/1/21.  (Memorial Day Weekend)

Room rate is $299.00 + $25.00 (reduced Resort fee from $39.00) per night.
This is what it includes:  


Group room rates will be subject to a non-commissionable daily resort amenity package (currently $25.00 per room per night). The Daily Resort Amenity Package currently includes (subject to change):

  • ·       Resort-wide high-speed wireless internet access, including Guest rooms, public space, meeting space, and restaurant outlets 
  • ·       Two (2) beach chairs per day
  • ·       Two (2) resort Welcome Beverages per stay
  • ·       One-hour rental of non-motorized water sports equipment per day for up to two people (weather permitting) – select from skim board, paddleboard, boogie board or kayak, age restrictions apply.
  • ·       Two (2) fitness classes per day (visit the Spa for class schedule. Reservations required)
  • ·       $25.00 discount off any spa treatment excluding hair and nail services 
  • ·       90 minutes tennis court use, includes rackets and balls, per day v 
  • ·       One-hour use of beach games daily (Giant Jenga, Connect 4, Bocce Ball, Horseshoes) 


The daily resort amenity package fee of $25.00 plus tax per night will be added to each individual room. Total retail value of the above is over $200.00.  Wi-Fi Simplified™ for meeting space is basic service (1.5 – 3 Mbps).

We are also proud to have our IAO 2022 meeting dates:

                     San Diego Pendry Hotel

Dates:  Sunday, February 20th - Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022. 

Room rate is $279.00 + $15.00 (reduced amenity fee from $36.00)

Please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the board with any questions or suggestions.

Stay safe, stay healthy and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2021.

Board of Trustees, International Academy of Ocularistry

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