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Wedding & Event Video Expo 2008 Set for August 11-14 in Orlando
March 06, 2008

Sarasota, FL - Mark your calendar and prepare now for an extraordinary experience in professional development this summer! The WEVA 18th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo (WEVA EXPO 2008), our industry’s biggest convention and trade show, open to all wedding and event videographers worldwide, will be held August 11-14, 2008 at the breathtaking 500-acre Grande Lakes Orlando Resort, Florida’s premier destination.

Only 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, Universal Studios, and Sea World, Grande Lakes Resort features two of the most respected names in hospitality - The JW Marriott, which will host WEVA EXPO 2008, and The Ritz-Carlton. Both hotels are directly connected and situated in the heart of a pristine and eco-friendly nature reserve that stretches across 500 lush and tropical acres surrounded by lakes.

Premier Destination - Discount Rates

The special guest room rate at The JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, a 26-story masterpiece in Mediterranean design, will be just $99/night (single or double occupancy & kids 18 and under stay free with parents) for all EXPO attendees. This exceptional rate is valid three days before and after WEVA EXPO 2008. Each elegant guest room is equipped with high-speed Internet access that will be free for all WEVA guests. WEVA EXPO 2008 attendees staying at The JW Marriott will be able to enjoy all the facilities and services Grande Lakes offers indoors and outdoors, at both hotels, without any add-on resort fees.

To reserve rooms click here! and in the "Additional Information" area, checkmark the “Group Code” box. Then enter the code: WEVWEVA. The special EXPO discount rate is also valid 3 days before, and 3 days after WEVA EXPO 2008. Marriott reservation operators are already taking WEVA guest room reservations toll-free, too, from the USA & Canada at 1-888-236-2427.

Visit www.grandelakes.com now and click on the videos, the photo galleries and cool 360-degree panoramas to get introduced to this lush and lavish tropical paradise.

WEVA EXPO 2008 officially opens Monday evening, August 11 at 5:45 pm with the 2008 Opening Night Gala and complimentary WEVA Awards Dinner. WEVA EXPO 2008 state-of-the-art sessions for wedding and event videographers begin Tuesday morning and will end by 5pm Thursday August 14. The WEVA EXPO 2008 Trade Show will also include edit-system training on the show floor and will be open two full days on August 12 & 13.

Over 70 Wedding & Event Video Sessions Planned

Cutting-edge digital technologies, including new HD camcorders from Panasonic, Sony, JVC, and Canon, will be available for hands-on comparisons at the WEVA EXPO 2008 Trade Show along with state-of-the-art editing products and system-specific training for enhancing wedding and event video workflow.

The WEVA 18th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo (August 11-14, 2008) will be presenting new video and audio systems and techniques in-action with a slate of over 70 conference sessions for professional wedding and event videographers, including "WEVA LIVE!" a new original series that demonstrates shooting and editing techniques in mock wedding environments.

"It’s a brand new interactive series created by WEVA that builds on the success of last year’s ‘Mock Wedding Xtreme,’" Zale said. “Attendees will be able to see how different systems and different techniques are utilized by different wedding videographers simultaneously under the same ‘live wedding’ conditions. It’s the kind of instant-learning experience that’s not only inspiring to watch, but gets you up-to-speed, fast!"

Optional Pre-Convention Programming

Arriving early? Registration will open soon online for optional WEVA EXPO 2008 Pre-Convention Power Sessions for wedding and event videographers (both newcomers and veterans) who want extended business education and system training. These optional sessions, which have a separate fee structure, will be held at the JW Marriott Monday afternoon starting approximately 12:30pm and will conclude before the WEVA EXPO 2008 Opening Night Gala begins.

For Monday morning, WEVA has introduced another "industry-first" by partnering with Universal Studios Florida Production Group to plan an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Universal Studios Production Facilities. The cost for this optional pre-convention event, which will include transportation, will be announced shortly. For more information CLICK HERE!

"Grande Lakes Orlando is an ultra, world-class property for hosting our industry’s largest and most exciting convention and trade show of the year," said WEVA International Chairman Roy Chapman. "The special rates and discounts arranged for WEVA attendees make it affordable for all videographers working at all levels to attend this year's EXPO."

Longtime EXPO attendees will recall the EXPO was held in Orlando in both 1994 and 1995. For 2008, EXPO returns to Orlando for a superlative experience unmatched in the history of our industry. "Grande Lakes Orlando is a picture-perfect environment for videographers who want to network. There are so many spots to relax and share information – whether you’re in a cutting-edge session on new wedding editing techniques, or at the huge trade show or sharing production clips on your iPod or iPhone at poolside - and you'll find a lot of pools, and whirlpools, dotted all around this scenic mega resort," said Dan Argenas WEVA’s Director of Association Communications. Watch WEVA.com for continuous WEVA EXPO 2008 updates.

About Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA)

Founded over a decade ago, WEVA International is the world's largest trade association for professional wedding and event videographers and leads the field with education that's on the cutting-edge of industry developments. WEVA is dedicated to advancing the professional interests of videographers globally through continuing education at events such as Wedding & Event Video Expo and WEVA's Wide World of Weddings & Events, technical support, group benefits, advocacy committees, new media, including Wedding & Event Videography Resource Guide, plus WEVA NEWS MINUTE videos, WEVA On-The-Air Podcasts, and streaming video on WEVA-TV.

Join WEVA online today to access valuable WEVA membership benefits that can help you succeed in your business, including new opportunities through ImageSpan's LicenseStream and CurbStream programs, plus low-cost Visa/MasterCard Merchant Status, Equipment Insurance, E&O Insurance, the new Equipment Financing Program, WEVA NEWS MINUTE videos, WEVA On-The-Air podcasts, and more. Membership also provides opportunities for professional videographer (MPV) accreditation, and system-training at WEVA EXPO 2008 our industry’s biggest international convention and trade show. For more information contact the association at 941-923-5334 or email: info@weva.com

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