First-time attendee

Welcome to the Golf Industry Show! As a first-time attendee, GIS week may seem overwhelming. Using the tips and tricks outlined below should help you feel confident and ready to take on the week!

Registering for GIS

  • Communicate with your employer the importance of attending GIS and the impact it can make for your facility.
  • Register!
  • Book housing within the official GIS room block. Only through the GIS room block will you receive the lowest guaranteed rates with no booking or service fees. You can book online 24/7, and review or alter your reservation at any time. Room rates are valid three days prior to- and three days following GIS, making it a great opportunity to take a vacation before or after GIS!

Before you head to Orlando

When you arrive at GIS

  • Print your badge at Registration at the OCCC West Concourse on Monday and Tuesday, and at the OCCC South Concourse Sunday through Thursday. Use Express Pass to get through the line even faster!
  • Pick up a registration bag.  
  • Grab a directory to help you navigate the show.
  • Know where to go. GIS 2020 will be held in two different buildings, the OCCC West Concourse and the OCCC North/South Concourse.
    • All paid seminars will take place in the West Concourse on Monday and Tuesday.
    • All free sessions will take place in the North Concourse on Monday and Tuesday.
    • The trade show floor will be in the South Concourse on Wednesday and Thursday.

Just for for First-Time Attendees

First-Time Attendee Lounge

Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30
Booth #10200

Pick up a First-Time Attendee ribbon in registration and attach it to your GIS badge to be granted access to the First-Time Attendee Lounge. The lounge provides refreshments, networking opportunities and fun!

GCSAA First-Time Attendee Lunch

Tuesday, January 28, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Rosen Centre, Junior Ballroom

By invitation only. All GCSAA first timers will receive an invitation via email in January. Questions? Contact Libby Queen.


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what not to miss

Career Consulting

Wednesday and Thursday – GCSAA Member Services Booth #2007
Carol Rau, PHR, Career Advantage LLC consultant, will be available to provide professional career and resume advice and assess your interview skills.

Career Photo Booth

Wednesday and Thursday– GCSAA Member Services Booth #2007
Corporate Visual Services is on site to provide complimentary headshots. Photos will be shared via email.

Closing Celebration

4:30-6:30 p.m.

North Hall, Main Stage – North Concourse

Drone Zone

Wednesday and Thursday
Booth #214

Edwin Budding Award Presentation

11 a.m.
Wednesday– Inside the Shop Booth #4800

Visit Inside the Shop to see Jim Nedin, consultant at Turf Industry Service Business Optimization, receive the 2019 Edwin Budding Award.

GCSAA Member Services

Wednesday and Thursday – GCSAA Member Services Booth #2607
Drop in to visit with GCSAA team members about all the programs and services available to you through your GCSAA membership.


Wednesday and Thursday
Booth #3235

Golf Course Dog Demonstrations

Wednesday and Thursday
Booth #5612

GIS Silent Auction

Wednesday and Thursday
Visit the GCSAA Member Services Booth #2916 for more information or bid online.

Inside the Shop

Wednesday and Thursday
Booth #4800

New Product Showcase

Monday through Thursday
Booth #3235

Opening Reception

5-6:30 p.m.
Rosen Centre Hotel, Poolside

Opening Session

8:30 a.m.

North Hall, Main Stage – North Concourse

Trade Show Block Party

3 p.m.
Trade Show Floor

Wellness Pavilion

Wednesday and Thursday
GCSAA Member Services Booth #2607