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You're Invited! Unique Venues Annual Member Conference

You can . . . in Portland

No matter what it is you'd like to be, do, eat, or drink - even if you've never tried it before - you can, in Portland.  
Ten Fun Facts about the City of Roses:

  • Portland is situated on two rivers - the Willamette (pronounced: Will-am-ette) and the mighty Columbia.
  • No sales tax (except on hotels and rental cars).
  • Speaking of cars, don't try pumping your own gas. Oregon is one of two U.S. states where an attendant must pump your gas.
  • The food cart scene is just that, a scene. You'll find them grouped in pods, one of the largest located downtown with 40 carts.
  • Portland has more microbreweries and brewpubs than other US city.
  • There are more bicyclists per capita pedaling the streets than any other US city.
  • Portlanders love their parks big and small and the tiniest of them can be found downtown at just 2 feet in diameter.
  • There are miniature horses all over the city - you'll have to join us on our venue and city tour to find out what's up with that.
  • You won't find any locals carrying umbrellas, that's because it mists more than it rains. 
  • Keep Portland Weird? You bet. They love their quirky city and its people and they're fighting to keep it that way!

2018 Conference Highlights

  • Speed Sessions: Choose your favorite 3 (out of 4 sessions) to attend, while also earning up to 13 CEU's towards your CMP designation. 
  • Headquarter Hotel Options: Your choice again. We have room blocks at two hotels, so you can book the one that best fits your budget.
  • Registration is FREE: Registration is free for all members except our $595 package, it's only $395 for those members as well as additional registrations.
  • Venue & City Tour Now Included: One of the most favorite add-ons in past years is now available to everyone and included with registration.
  • Registration Includes: Keynote speakers and presenters, roundtables, networking, BEST of Awards Celebration, a member appreciation party and so much more!

The UVAMC Schedule

Dates and Times

Sunday, October 21, 2018
  Arrival Day
7:00pm Optional meet-up and activity (details coming soon)
Monday, October 22, 2018
6:30am-8:00am Breakfast available at Headquarter Hotel for Hotel Guests
8:30am-9:00am Registration - Portland Art Museum
9:00am-9:30am Unique Venues Welcome
9:45am-10:30am Educational Session 1: Choose from 4 options
10:45am-11:30am Educational Session 2: Choose from 4 options
11:45am-12:30pm Roundtables
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:45pm-2:30pm Educational Session 3: Choose from 4 options
2:45pm-3:45pm Q & A with speakers from all educational sessions
4:00pm-5:30pm Sip & See
6:00pm Dinner (on your own)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
6:30am-8:30am Breakfast available at Headquarter Hotel for Hotel Guests
9:00am-9:30am Meet at Headquarter Hotel Lobby 
9:30am-10:30am Venue Tour #1
11:00am-12:00pm  Venue Tour #2
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch
2:00pm-3:00pm Venue Tour #3
3:30pm Return to Headquarter Hotels
6:00pm-8:30pm Member Appreciation Party/BEST OF Awards Celebration
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  Departure Day

Learn  |  Network  |  Unwind

UVAMC Venue Tours  

Every year, Unique Venues holds a tour of venues in the city where our Annual Member Conference is being held. The tour provides our members with a behind-the-scenes look at how meetings/events are hosted at different venues. This is a great opportunity for you share, network and learn from your colleagues while earning up to 7 continuing education credits towards your CMP.

Join us on Tuesday, October 23 beginning at 8:30am and concluding at 4:00pm. The tour is included in your registration for 2018. 
  • Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into 3 venues' operations
  • Network with other non-traditional meeting/event professionals
  • Gain new ideas that you can take home and implement
  • Tour the city of Portland along the travel route

Best of Awards Celebration & Member Appreciation Party


Tuesday, October 23 from 6:00pm-8:30pm

This night is for YOU! Socialize, unwind, have some fun, bowl, karaoke, play some pool and board games with other UV members. This is our way of saying THANK YOU for being a valued member of Unique Venues. You'll enjoy appetizers, cocktails, and our Best of Awards Celebration. And the best part, it's on us.

Portland Art Museum

Every year, we book UVAMC at one of our member venues. It's an opportunity to showcase and celebrate our uniqueness as an industry. We're excited to announce that the Portland Art Museum, located in the heart of Portland’s cultural district, will be our host venue this year. 

Founded in 1892, the Portland Art Museum (PAM) is the oldest art museum on the West Coast and the preferred venue for many of Portland's most prestigious meeting and social gatherings. 

PAM is a short walk from the Marriott and easily accessible from both headquarter hotels via public transportation, Lyft or Uber.



We have negotiated group room blocks at two hotels to make sure that we have room rates for all of our members' budgets.

Portland Marriott City Center The Marriott City Center hotel is located in downtown Portland. This boutique, 4-star hotel enables guests to tap into the pulse of Portland's most enchanting urban rhythms. Situated in the center of the city's business district, this downtown hotel is near great shopping, restaurants and MAX Light Rail. 

$189 (w/o breakfast), free wifi
$211 (full breakfast), free wifi

University Place Hotel & Conference Center - Owned and operated by UV member Portland State University, University Place Hotel & Conference Center is downtown Porltand's only 3-star casual, economical hotel and conference center. Located just steps from the light rail, you will be able to choose from two room styles: comfort or standard.

Comfort - $119 with full service breakfast onsite restaurant, free wifi
Standard - $89 with 
full service breakfast onsite restaurant, free wifi
University Place Hotel COMFORT Room
University Place Hotel STANDARD Room
Marriott City Center Guest Room


There's a reason Portland International Airport (PDX) was rated "The Best Airport in the United States" in Travel & Leisure Magazine every year from 2013-2017: free wifi, easy light rail connection to downtown, healthy food options, mircobrews, food carts (yup, you start seeing them at the airport!), and tax free shopping.

Eighteen international and domestic airlines service over 500 daily arrival and departures and downtown Portland is just 9 minutes away. Here's how to get to and from the PDX:
  • Downtown Airport Express by Blue Star – Runs every 30 minutes and costs $14 one-way, $24 round trip. When leaving the airport, you can find the Downtown Airport Express and other hotel shuttle buses on the terminal’s lower roadway (outside of baggage claim) on the far side of Island #2, closer to the parking garage. 
  • MAX LIGHT RAIL – The Red Line is the easiest way to and from the airport and takes about 38 minutes. Tickets run $2.50 and you can take your luggage with you. For a complete schedule visit
  • Uber/Lyft – Transportation networking companies Uber and Lyft are now authorized to pick up and drop off passengers at PDX.
  • Taxi – The average taxi fare from the airport to downtown is approximately $40-$48 before gratuity.
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