One of the unique attractions of the Catfish Convention is the Friday night evening-long shopping party and social event where in-room fish sellers are clustered together on one hotel floor, room doors are open, and convention guests can walk from room to room looking to purchase fish or just engage in conversations with friends, new and old. Hospitality rooms will also be available with refreshments and snacks. This year the Friday night event once again will be on the 3rd floor of the Hyatt Regency Dulles, on Friday, October 5, 2018.
Registered AACC18 convention attendees may sell fish, plants, hobby-related items, and crafts from their hotel guest rooms. No fish, plants or other items may be sold in the public areas of the hotel or on hotel grounds ( no exceptions are permitted by hotel security). In-room fish sellers must have a room booked under the Catfish Convention hotel block of rooms (https://aws.passkey.com/go/ CatfishConvention2018), and be registered for the convention.
If you intend to sell from your room AND want to be located on the 3rd floor, you must inform the in-room sales coordinator, email@example.com. The staff at Hyatt Dulles will not place you on the 3rd floor at the time you make a room reservation, only the convention staff can do so.
AACC18 will provide large bulletin boards both on the 3rd floor and convention lobby area for displaying what each room has to offer for sale for Friday night and during the entire convention. Pre-formatted pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, will be provided for each seller which may be filled out either by sellers or at the convention site by the in-room coordinator, and displayed on the bulletin boards.
The hotel will also place one 6 foot table upon your arrival in your room on the 3rd Floor to assist you in displaying your fish or other items for sale. Feel free to provide your own racks, tables, or other ways to display your fish or items for sale.
All questions may be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: There are only 26 rooms on the 3rd floor of the hotel, so if you plan on selling from the 3rd floor, try to book early. Double rooms are limited in number on every floor, so if you are fine with a king bed, please request a king room for the 3rd floor in-room sellers event.
Additional information is provided below in the attachments to help plan how you might want to arrange the suite side of your room for table placement or for your own racks or set-up materials. The pdf drawing with measurements could be a reverse image room (sleeping part toward left or toward right). This is the general layout, but some rooms may vary from this diagram, but still with plenty of space.
A downloadable page for listing your items for sale on the AACC18 bulletin boards will be sent in an email to all 3rd floor sellers closer to the actual convention date, along with your actual room number of the room on that floor.
Need a Tank in Your Hotel Room?
The Potomac Valley Aquarium Society has a large number of 5 and 10 gallon tanks that we keep in storage for use as "in-room tanks" at our conventions. We make these tanks available to people coming from out of town who can't bring tanks with them and want to keep their fish comfortable during their stay in the hotel. These tanks can be picked up from Thursday afternoon through Saturday night, but must be returned by Sunday at 6:00 PM so they can be returned to our storage area. If you desire tanks to be there when you arrive, please make your request known to the in-room sales coordinator at email@example.com.
Air pumps, filters, and heaters if required are not available from PVAS or the convention staff and should be brought with you.
In Room Photos
Guest Room Layout
Room Sales List