THE SECO 2019 VIP BUYERS PROGRAM
Enjoy exclusive benefits when you register five or more members of your team in the program.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
February 20-24, 2019
We’ve moved to New Orleans for 2019! SECO 2019 will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center located at 900 Convention Center Boulevard; New Orleans, LA 70130.
Registration for SECO 2019 opens on October 1, 2018. Sign up for updates at attendseco.com/pre-register and we’ll notify you when registration opens.
You can book your hotel in the SECO block today! SECO has contracted discounted rates with our headquarters hotels, the New Orleans Marriott and the Sheraton New Orleans, and at hotels throughout the city to offer you luxury accommodations at the best possible rates. Reservations must be made through our official housing company, Eventsphere, by February 4 in order to reserve rooms at the discounted rates. Hotels sell out quickly, so we recommend booking your room today. If you have any questions or need assistance with your hotel needs, contact Eventsphere at (866) 393-0555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Marriott New Orleans ($239/night)
- Sheraton New Orleans Hotel ($239/night)
- Marriott New Orleans Downtown Convention Center ($250/night)
- Hilton New Orleans Riverside ($254-$304/night)
- Courtyard by Marriott ($217/night)
- Renaissance New Orleans Arts Warehouse District Hotel ($239/night)
- JW Marriott New Orleans ($250/night)
Note: Only Official hotels will have shuttle service to the convention center.
IMPORTANT: Beware of Housing Scams
Large conferences and events often become targets for companies seeking to take advantage of the attendees. Some of our attendees and exhibitors have recently reported to us that they’ve been contacted by third party companies for a number of reasons including hotel reservations and offering to sell our attendee list to them.
These third-party “pirate” companies create websites and email solicitations offering special discounted hotel rooms for other associations’ meetings. They use web domain names and email addresses that look similar to the official versions for the conference. Often, these discounted rooms do not exist. The primary objective of this solicitation is to obtain your credit card information.
We have a more information and listing of known scammers to assist you.
There are two headquarters hotels for SECO 2019:
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Sheraton New Orleans
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Click here for a complete list of hotels and to book your room.
Yes. SECO will provide
a free shuttle buses from our host hotels to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. For hotels listing serviced by Shuttle bus routes click the following link for details: https://attendseco.com/2019/
For more information about SECO 2019, you can reach us at email@example.com.
Yes. You can check your items for a nominal fee in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, outside of Registration Hall J.
Yes. Located outside of Hall I in Room I120 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Room will contain some nursing supplies and a refrigerator.
Children ages 18 and younger may attend SECO 2019 at no charge. SECO verifies the age of attendees registered in this category onsite. Children may not attend continuing education courses.
Yes! Childcare will be available during education hours at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Childcare services are available on a first come, first served basis in half and full day increments. Babysitting services in your hotel room will also be available. Advanced registration is required. Learn more and register today.
Yes! The Official SECO 2019 mobile app is available on both iOS and Android. The app is a great resource to use before, during, and after the conference. Use the app to pre-plan your experience, stay up to date, and refer back to information.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities at the event. Assistance for accommodations for the SECO education sessions, meetings and Optometry’s Marketplace™ can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit requests no later than February 13, 2019. To make accommodations for hotel stay, please contact our housing partner, EventSphere, at email@example.com. Flying to SECO? The TSA Cares program can simplify travel for attendees requiring special accommodations.
Yes. Lost and Found with be held in Room 283 (CE/EDU/Show office).
You can register online here.
You have two options, visit your registration dashboard to make changes, access your registration dashboard via the SECO2019 APP, visit the registration desk or one of the kiosks on levels 2 and 3 of the convention center.
You can reach out to our Customer Service Center at (844) 353-2916 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Guest package ($100) gives guests access to SECO sponsored event(s) and the exhibit hall. Guests are not eligible to earn continuing education credits. Children ages 18 and younger may attend SECO 2019 at no charge. SECO verifies the ages of attendees registered in this category on-site. Children may not attend continuing education courses. Childcare services are offered at SECO 2019.
Badges, which are required to access every part of SECO 2019 (including special events, education courses and the exhibit hall), can be picked up onsite in Registration Hall J of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
All cancellation requests must be made in writing by January 25, 2019 by completing the Cancellation Request Form. All cancellation requests will be processed after SECO 2019 in the form of a credit rollover. If approved, you will receive notification of your credit rollover within 60 days of processing. Credit rollovers are valid for SECO 2020 continuing education only. Please note that refunds will not be issued. SECO regrets that refunds will not be given for no shows.
Credit rollovers will not be granted for unused hours. Credit rollovers can be transferred to another person from the same company. Continuing Education credit is not awarded if a credit rollover is issued. Credit rollover will expire if not used by SECO 2020.
Send Cancellation Request Forms via email to email@example.com, via fax to 770-451-3156 or mail to:
SECO International, LLC - Cancellation Request
c/o SECO Registration
4661 North Shallowford Rd
Atlanta, GA 30338
QUESTIONS ABOUT OPTOMETRY’S MARKETPLACE™ AT SECO
Thursday, February 21 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, February 22 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, February 23 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
New for 2019, we offer the opportunity to earn more continuing education credits each day--up to 50 continuing education credits over the course of the four-day conference, with 30 continuing education credits available to earn over the weekend sessions. To review please view our at-a-glance education program.
Repeated courses generally offer the same material, but sometimes the courses are led by different lecturers.
You can now download course handouts via the APP or at attendseco.com (education/course handouts.)
Attendees are allowed a 10 minute break per hour during each course. If attendees arrive later than 10 minutes after the course begins or take a break longer than 10 minutes, they will not receive credit. 50 minutes of class time constitutes one hour of credit.
Visit attendseco.com during or after the conference and select Verification of Attendance. Please allow at least two hours after the completion of the attended course to verify your attendance. You will need your username (attendee badge ID) and password (full last name) to access VOA records via the website.
Presentation Theater courses are located within the exhibit hall (Optometry’s Marketplace™) and participation is granted on a first come, first served basis. You cannot reserve a spot, but you can receive credit for attending official continuing education courses and your Verification of Attendance will note your participation.
Team-centered learning courses are courses open to all attendees. It is important to note that not all courses are accredited for EVERY group. For example, not all courses are COPE, ABO/NCLE, AOA para, etc. approved.
Five special sessions will be offered at SECO 2019, totaling 10 hours of continuing education credits.
The Symposia Series is a set of free, non-accredited courses presented by industry supporters. Free meals are served at each symposium. Pre-registration is required to attend all symposiums at SECO 2019. Once registration has reached its maximum, registration will close. A limited amount of open seats may become available onsite on a first come first serve basis. Entrance is not guaranteed but we encourage attendees to stand in the queue outside of each symposium to gain access.
Learn More about our Symposia Series.
SECO 2019 courses that will count towards Kentucky's ETP hours are confirmed as follows: #107, 700, 120, 701, 702, 133, 595, 140, and 137. More information about these courses is available on our Kentucky ETP page.
The leading companies in the optometric industry supports SECO international year-round by sponsoring, partnering and exhibiting. Their goal is to provide optometric professionals with the tools to achieve the highest levels of clinical knowledge and performance.
As the owners and producers of SECO 2019, we work diligently to protect our exhibitors’ commitment to and investment in both the trade show and the industry by taking a firm stance against outboarding. Outboarding is when any non-exhibitor hosts an unofficial event anywhere in the city that attracts SECO attendees. SECO is organized so that companies in the optometry industry can showcase and demonstrate their latest products and services, meet with industry partners and customers and examine market trends and opportunities, while participation dollars provide SECO with the funds to host this event and invest back into the industry. The integrity of the show is diminished, and the value becomes diluted when companies seek—in an unofficial capacity—to capitalize on SECO attendees.
If you hear of an outboarding event, please contact management at (770) 451-8206 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you observe this activity during SECO 2019, please inform any of the SECO volunteers or visit the show office in the Engagement & Registration area in Hall J.
SECO 2020: March 4-8, 2020 in Atlanta, GA
SECO 2021: February 24-28, 2021 in Atlanta, GA
SECO 2022: March 9-13, 2022 in New Orleans, LA
SECO is committed to partnering with our member State Associations to provide value to association members and promote the profession of optometry. SECO International has formal relationships with 12 state optometric associations and four schools of optometry. We work together on issues, concerns and opportunities relating to optometric education. Within our 12 member states, SECO provides annual optometrist and paraoptometric grants totaling more than $40,000. Any practicing optometrist that is a member of the state association of any of these 12-member states is considered a member of the Southern Council of Optometrists and receives a $50 discount when attending the annual SECO Congress.