b"LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORMariTrends 2022 Heading AT THE HELMto Covington, Ky., March 47JOHN GROUNDWATER // EXECUTIVE DIRECTORB ynowyouhavenodoubtheardthatthePassengerVesseland as a result, has strongly endorsed keeping the COVID-19 policy AssociationBoardofDirectorsvotedthismonthtomoveand guidelines, which were developed for California, in place for all thePVAAnnualConventionatMariTrends2022fromindividuals attending the PVA convention in Covington. The PVA CaliforniatoCovington,Ky.ThiswasadifficultdecisionwhichCOVID-19 policy follows for your reference:involved direct input from PVA members in California about the potential for COVID-19-related facility shutdowns, employee workGuidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stoppages,andotherrelatedchallengesduringourconvention.(CDC) have been thoroughly reviewed. As a result of this painstaking analysis,wehavedevelopedthefollowingCOVID-19protocol, In a letter to PVA members about this change, PVA President Colleenwhich we will require convention attendees to follow during the Stephens wrote, The PVA Board of Directors is committed to safelyMariTrends 2022:holding a face-to-face convention for PVA members. Our decision tomovetheconventiontoNorthernKentuckywillallowusto A full COVID-19 vaccination will be required of allaccomplish this goal. We hope to reschedule the convention in Longindividuals attending the MariTrends 2022 or a negative Beach in the next several years. COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival at the convention.The fact is that the prospects for holding off-site events such as theProof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 Meet and Greet the Fleet event, the PVA Leadership Dinner and thetest will be managed by 42Chat, a third-party organization highly-anticipatedclosingdinneronCatalinaIslandweredashedcontracted by PVA.because of soaring COVID-19 infections in southern California.Masks will be required for all indoor convention activities. WHERE ARE WE GOING FROM HERE?NORTHERN KENTUCKY CONVENTION CENTER PVA will have masks available for PVA convention attendees.AND THE MARRIOTT AT RIVERCENTERWith the help and generous support of Alan, Terri, and Ben Bernstein,Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the longtime PVA members at BB Riverboats, the PVA Board of DirectorsNorthern Kentucky Convention Center and the Marriottvoted to hold the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2022 inat RiverCenter. Covington, Ky. Convention sessions and the MariTrends 2022 exhibit hall will be held in the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. ThisA CONVENTION PROGRAM THAT IS SECOND-TO-NONE204,000-totalsquarefootmulti-purposefacilityhas110,000sq.It is exciting to know that PVA members will be getting together face-ft. of meeting, exhibition, and social function space. The center isto-face for the first time in more than two years at the PVA Annual designed to make it as convenient and efficient as possible for meeting,Convention at MariTrends 2022 in Covington. A variety of social conference,andexhibitionplanners,andisdirectlyconnectedevents have been planned to allow you to reconnect with your fellow byanenclosedwalkwaytotheMarriottatRiverCenter,PVAs PVA members safely and easily. We are planning an event aboard headquarters hotel.BBRiverboatsBelleofCincinnatiwhereyouwillnotonlyenjoy the culinary offerings, but you will have an opportunity to see the GETTING TO AND FROM COVINGTON IS EASY Cincinnati skyline unfold from the vantage of the Ohio River. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is consistently ranked as one of the best airports in the world. NorthernPVAmembershaverequestedthatweholdseveralroundtable Kentucky is within a two-hour flight from 60 percent of the nation'sdiscussions at MariTrends 2022. Given the pressures and changing population.Cincinnati/NorthernKentuckyisalsowithinonlyalandscape associated with the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, PVA two-hour drive of the Port Columbus International Airport (CMH),members have expressed a desire to gather together informally in these Dayton International Airport (DAY), Louisville International Airportroundtablestocomparenotes,exchangeinformation,andengage (SDF) and Lexington's Blue Grass Airport (LEX).ingeneraldiscussionsaboutcommonproblemsandchallenges. We believe that much can be learned during these types of sessions. In addition, driving to Covington is also a viable option from manyFollowing are just a few of the roundtable discussions being planned points in the East, South, and Midwest.just for you:HEALTH AND SAFETY: PVAS CONVENTION Roundtable Discussion: Strategies to Attract and Keep EmployeesCOVID-19 POLICY REMAINS IN FORCEThe PVA Board of Directors is committed to protecting your healthMarketing Roundtable Discussion: What's New andand safety during the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2022What's WorkingContinued on page 397 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022"