The 2015 International Convention will celebrate A.A.’s 80th Anniversary, July 2-5, in Atlanta, Georgia. Members of the Fellowship are gearing up for this event! Information is available on G.S.O.’s website, Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the Convention.


Q     What about  on-site registration?
A     On-site registration will be set up in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta and will open on Wednesday morning, July 1, 2015.

Q     How much  will registration cost?
  The on-site registration fee is $110.00 (USD).

Q     Must everyone register? I thought I didn’t have to pay to go to an A.A. event.
    Yes.  Everyone  must  register.  Attendance  at  this  special  celebration  is  voluntary  and,  as responsible A.A. members, “we pay our own way.” The International Convention is paid for by those A.A.s who participate in it.

Q     Can travel agents  register groups or individuals?
     No. Payments from travel agencies to register groups or individuals will not be accepted.

Convention Schedule

Q    What is the general schedule for the Convention?
    On Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m., the “Party in the Park” in Centennial Olympic Park, which is located next to the Convention Center, kicks Convention activities and Marathon meetings begin at midnight. The A.A. topic meetings at the Convention center begin Friday morning from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. through Saturday. The Big Meetings in the Georgia Dome stadium are on Friday and Saturday evening, and Sunday morning. The Sunday Closing Meeting at the Stadium ends at 11:30 a.m.

The Advance Program is available on


Convention App

Q     When will the Convention app be available for the 2015 International Convention?
    The Convention app is available for download in you app store.



Q     What if I have questions regarding my reservations?
     The phone number for housing calls is 404-222-5709. For any changes or cancellations, please contact your hotel directly.

Q     What about  RVs and Campsites?
    RV  and  campsite   information   is  available   on  the  2015  International   Convention   pages at



Q     Will local transportation be available?
    Yes, MARTA is Atlanta’s Metro system that services all of the downtown (including stops at the Georgia  World  Congress  Center/Georgia  Dome),  midtown  and  the  Airport.  A  discounted MARTA Convention Pass is available through the Convention pre-registration process and will also be available on-site for purchase.

Many members will be within walking distance or a short ride on public transportation from their accommodations.  Most  of the  housing  blocked  for this  event  will be less  than  a 30-minute MARTA ride from the Georgia World Congress Center and the Georgia Dome

Where there is no MARTA station nearby, a shuttle bus service will be provided at no charge to outlying properties booked through the Convention Housing Bureau. Shuttle service for these properties will begin on Thursday and will run until the conclusion of the closing Big Meeting Sunday. The shuttle schedule will be provided on the Convention app and onsite at the Convention.

Q     Will there be shuttle service?
    A limited shuttle will be provided only for special needs guests and caregiver.

Q     What about  special airline rates?
    As at other  International  Conventions,  there  are  special  fares  available.  Discounts  are  also available  on  car  rentals  and  train  fares.  That  information  is  available  in  the  Convention Registration brochure at

Q     Where can I find information about  crossing the border into  the U.S. for this event?
    For accurate, specific and up-to-date information about visas and travel into the U.S., visit the United States Department of State website:

If you are coming from abroad you may need a visa. Most Canadian citizens, and many citizens of countries in the United States Visa Waiver Program (VWP), do not need a visa. However, you will need a machine-readable  passport valid for at least 90 days past your date of departure. The  VWP   countries   are:  Andorra,   Australia,   Austria,   Belgium,   Brunei,   Czech   Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Kingdom.

If you do not come from a VWP country you must obtain a nonimmigrant visa. Plan ahead; it may take 6 months to receive a nonimmigrant visa, depending on the demand in your country.


Special Needs-Accessibilities

Q     Will there be scooters available for physically-challenged attendees?
    Scooters  and  wheelchairs  will  be  available  for  rent  and  there  will  be  a  Special  Needs-Accessibilities Hospitality area located at the Convention center. There is a box to check off on the registration form for special needs-accessibilities information that will be available.

If you have difficulty walking long distances, then you may want to arrange for a scooter or wheelchair. You can reserve this in advance for pickup at the Convention center by calling (888) 441-7575 or visit Wheelchair companion assistance is not provided.

Q     Can I make a special request for housing close to the Convention center?
    Given the number of overall attendees and those with special needs, we cannot take special housing requests for close accommodations. Every effort has been made to assure your participation, as well as to be in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. A shuttle bus will be provided only for special needs guests and caregiver from all of the hotels we have booked through the Convention housing.


Q     Is it hot in Atlanta?
    In Georgia, the climate is typical of a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers.
On  average,  July  is  one  of  the  warmer  months  with  average  highs  around  88°  degrees Fahrenheit  and  lows  around  70°  Fahrenheit.  As  it  is  hot  outdoors,  be  prepared  for  cool temperatures indoors-the air conditioning will be on.

We look forward to greeting you in Atlanta to celebrate
"80 years — Happy, Joyous and Free"!

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