Q    Could developments regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) affect the International Convention?
A.    As we look forward to the 2020 International Convention in Detroit, Michigan, USA, we want to assure you the health and safety of our attendees is our priority.  We are fully aware and are closely monitoring the relevant health advisories regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Please be assured we will continue to assess the advisories and we will inform registered attendees of any impacts to the Convention.  We will be updating our website page regularly to ensure Convention attendees have the necessary information for a safe and joyful experience


  • There are many hotel rooms still available through the Convention Housing Bureau, including dorm rooms. (Shuttle busses are provided for hotels/dorms outside downtown Detroit).
  • For questions about housing for the Convention or if you are having difficulties making your hotel reservation, please call the Housing Bureau (South by Southwest) at (512) 872-2159.
  • If your hotel/dorm room is in Windsor, Canada, you will need your passport for all border crossings. If you have a felony or DUI conviction, which may impact your immigration crossing, please consult with either U.S. or Canada immigration authorities. Please research your status prior to the Convention. The following websites are provided as resources:


Q    What about RVs and Campsites?
A    For information about RV parks in Metro Detroit please click hereFor additional RV options and other helpful information about Detroit, please visit the Travel/Transportation section in the About Detroit Microsite ‘About Detroit’



    How can I volunteer to help at the Convention?
    It has been said that International Convention volunteers are like greeters at an A.A. meeting room door, except they are greeting 50,000 people.  This wonderful event will need a welcome committee of 3,000 to 4,000 volunteers to welcome members from around the globe.

To volunteer for the Welcome Committee at the 2020 International Convention in Detroit please visit the volunteer hub 



Q. Are service animals allowed in the meetings of the International Convention in Detroit?

A. The 2020 International Convention in Detroit is guided by the rules and regulations of the facilities that we are using during the Convention. Both the TCF Convention Center (previously Cobo Center) and the Ford Field Stadium make allowances for service animals, provided the animal is certified and is wearing a service vest. Both facilities may request documentation showing that the service animal has completed training.



  • The Cobo Convention Center has a new name: it is now called the TCF Center Detroit.
  • For information about parking downtown Detroit, RV parks in Metro Detroit, and other helpful information about Detroit, please visit the Travel/Transportation section in the About Detroit microsite’
  • Coming soon in January/February 2020 on
    • Information on how to volunteer for the Welcome Committee in Detroit


  • Please note that the charge for your convention registration will appear on your credit card statement as “2020IC GSB.”

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