*Please check this page regularly for health and safety updates. Last update: 09/03/21.

After more than a year of waiting, we are excited to see you in person at the 2021 FICP Annual Conference. But let’s also be practical — we’re watching the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance carefully in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, and realigning our health and safety measures on an ongoing basis.

As an association of meeting professionals, FICP’s responsibility is to share best practices as well as lead by example. The health and safety of our 2021 Annual Conference attendees remains our top priority as we return to in-person events. Therefore, to safely reconvene in person, there is a new requirement being put into place.

New Health and Safety Requirements

For public health and safety reasons, everyone attending the 2021 FICP Annual Conference will agree to comply with all health, safety and distancing guidelines and must provide proof that they have completed the vaccination for COVID-19 no later than two weeks prior to arrival, according to the protocols recommended by the CDC and other medical professionals. If a health or religious reason requires an exemption from being vaccinated, a negative test will be permitted. View all health and safety FAQs here.

These rules apply to all in-person meeting professionals, hospitality partners, sponsors and FICP staff, regardless of your registration date. The process for submitting proof of vaccination and/or exemption status will be shared in the coming weeks. 

We will evaluate the need for mask requirements closer to the event, based on the latest CDC guidelines. You can expect an official decision regarding masks to be shared on November 1. We are also partnering with InHouse Physicians, a health care services provider, for onsite medical needs and will be serving all meals outside, weather permitting. More information about these details is available on the Health & Safety FAQs page . Please note that all information, policies and protocols are subject to change at any time, should the situation evolve.

While we are constantly updating our health and safety protocols, know that FICP is committed to holding the 2021 Annual Conference in person this November and continues to work with the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa to ensure the highest standards of safety, hygiene, cleanliness and operational effectiveness for all participants. We can't wait to see you this November! 

CDC Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently updated its travel recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

For the latest guidance, visit the CDC website for guidance on travel within the United States.

Air Travel

Your airline is the best source for personal safety protocols at the gate and on the airplane.  Be sure to visit your airline website the week you are traveling and sign up for notifications related to your trip. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport website has a Coronavirus Information page that is updated with information about what they are doing and what travelers should expect when arriving and departing from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. 

The PHX has obtained the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accrediting rating which means Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is implementing the industry’s highest standards for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention. 

Be sure to check your state's travel restrictions when planning to attend this event. 

Hotel Stays

JW Marriott has implemented a variety of protocols and elevated practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and kept up with high standards of cleanliness and a commitment to providing excellent service. Learn more about how JW Marriott is taking care of you.