2018 Safety+ Symosium FAQs
Where is the closest airport?
Nashville International Airport (BNA) is located about 9 miles away from both the Gaylord Opryland and Downtown Nashville.
Take advantage of the VPPPA and Delta partnership and earn SkyMiles for you and VPPPA through Delta’s SkyBonus® Program. When purchasing your ticket for Safety+ 2018 online at www.delta.com, enter your SkyMiles number and the VPPPA SkyBonus® number (US458190813) in the information section. Be sure to save the VPPPA SkyBonus® number in your profile to continue earning more points on future flights.
Is there transportation to and from the area airports and the event hotel?
The Gaylord Opryland has an airport shuttle service to and from the hotel. Round trip tickets are $30 per person. Guests 65 and older received a rate of $28 round trip and children under 18 are complimentary with an adult ticket purchase.
Taxis are also available and a more economical choice if you are traveling in a group. Taxis in Nashville offer a flat-fee service between the airport, downtown and the Gaylord Opryland. For up to 4 passengers from point to point, the rate is $25.
Is there a parking discount for attendees?
Yes, you may park at the hotel with a 20% discount.
For parking at the Gaylord, directions, and/or maps, please click here.
Does the Safety+ Symposium have a dress code?
The dress code for the symposium is business casual. Most attendees wear slacks and either a polo or button-down shirt; the most important thing is to dress comfortably. There is no need to pack a suit or fancy dress. The event hotel and hall also tend to be chilly, so remember to bring a sweater or light jacket to wear during the workshops. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended as the hall is large and you may have to walk long distances between events.
What should I bring to the symposium?
Upon picking up your name badge, you will receive a complimentary tote bag which you can use throughout the conference and the expo. Although the workshop rooms will provide you with pens and notepads, a backup pen or pencil could come in handy. New this year, we will offer an Onsite Journal, which will have the symposium agenda and other essential symposium must-knows, as well as plenty of lined pages for note taking.
You are also encouraged to bring any mobile or tablet devices with you to access the Safety+ Mobile App – it’s great for finding the schedule, presentation sharing and social networking purposes. Any updates during the symposium, such as room, time, or schedule changes, will be communicated via the app.
There are plenty of water fountains around the Convention Center but we recommend bringing water or a water bottle as well.
The conference is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn about different ways to improve your safety and health program. Bring your business cards and don’t be afraid to ask new connections for theirs.
Will the symposium have Wi-Fi?
No, the convention hall areas will not have free wireless Internet access. If you are staying at the Gaylord, there is Wi-Fi in your room.
What can my spouse/guest do during symposium hours?
Downtown Nashville is filled with good music, good food, and a good time. Check out things to do here.
Can my spouse/guest participate in meal functions?
Guests are invited to the opening and closing receptions only on Tuesday night and Thursday night. All other meal functions are for registered attendees. Guest badges can be obtained at the registration desk in Delta Lobby BCD.
What is there to do in Nashville?
There are a plethora of museums, music venues and food you need to try while in Nashville.
For things to do, check out this page.
For special discounts in the city, click here.
When does registration officially open? Where is registration located?
Registration will open Monday, August 28 at 7:00 am at the Delta BCD Lobby in the Gaylord. You may retrieve your badge and welcome bag at this time. You must have your badge to go to any sessions and into the Expo Hall.
Self check-in is also available in the lobby for those who are already registered. We suggest using the kiosks as it is much faster.
Do I need to sign up or register for the workshops?
No. All workshops have open seating and are first-come, first-serve.
Can I add days to my registration onsite?
Yes, simply visit the registration desk at the Convention Center and a VPPPA staff member will assist you.
Do I need to wear my name badge throughout the entire event?
Many events throughout the symposium will be ticketed and your badge will grant you access to those events. Your badge will also be scanned before certain workshops and general sessions. Be sure not to lose it.
Are there any sessions not included in my registration for the day(s) I have paid for?
You are granted access to all sessions and events taking place on the days in which you are registered.
Will I receive copies/access to materials presented at the symposium?
Copies of presentations will be collected before the symposium and available on the mobile app for viewing/printing.
Are hotel arrangements included in the symposium registration fee?
No, hotel arrangements are not included in your symposium registration. We do provide a special group rate for Safety+ attendees at the Gaylord Opryland.
What meals are included in the conference registration?
Lunch on Tuesday-Friday will be provided to all registered attendees. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day during breaks. The Tuesday reception and Thursday reception will both have heavy hors d’oeurves that can constitute as a meal.
Do you provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs)?
Do you have a mobile app for the event?
Yes! If you download the FREE app before Safety+ you can save time onsite. Find the Safety+ app:
- In the Google Play or iTunes stores on your phone simply search for "Crowdcompass Attendeehub.” Its free to download!
- Once downloaded, it will appear on your home screen.
- In the app, search for “Safety+”
- Click on the event and you will be connected to our show.
There will be a mobile app training session at Safety+ on Tuesday, August 29, at 8:30am. You can also get additional help with the app at the information booth throughout the event.
Who should I reach out to for more questions?
If you still have questions regarding the conference, please reach out to the VPPPA office at (703) 761-1146. A staff person will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Safety+ Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee!