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The Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association’s

119th Annual Seminar will be held 

August 7 – 9, 2024, at the

Westin Canal Place in New Orleans



We are continuing to shape our program and agenda. Our speaker list and presentations this year will again be highlighted by senior leaders in industry, government, and our Federal partners. We’ll have relevant, timely, and interesting topics addressing the inland waterways.


CLICK HERE for a Copy of the Latest Agenda




The Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association (GICA) is pleased to announce Senator Katie Boyd Britt (R-AL), who serves on the Committee on Appropriations, where she is ranking member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee; the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; and the Committee on Rules and Administration, will be the keynote speaker during the 119th Annual GICA Seminar.


Senator Britt will provide her remarks during lunch on Thursday, August 8th.


CLICK HERE for more information regarding Senator Britt.




Rooms have been reserved at the Westin Canal Place at the Special GICA rate of $149 single/double per night.


CLICK HERE to Reserve your room using the GICA Group Rate using the hotel’s website or call 855-516-1090 or 504-566-7006.


IMPORTANT RATE INFORMATION: Marriott has introduced a “Destination Fee” for hotels in select destinations. Please DISREGARD this fee as it will NOT be charged to you and your attendees for your stay. At check in your rate will be as contracted $149.00 and not the fee showing on this confirmation. Unfortunately, this is a Marriott generated confirmation so the verbiage could not be removed but we assure you this fee will NOT be charged to you, our valued group customer.


NOTE the GICA Special Room Rate closes on Wednesday, July 16th. Reserve now as available rooms are going fast!!


Federal Government Employees: A limited number of rooms have been set aside at the federal travel rate of $143. Federal government employees should use the following link to access the government room rate:




There are four different registrations for the 119th Annual GICA Seminar:


Seminar Attendee Registration

Golf Registration

Sponsorship Registration

Exhibitor Registration


Electronic Registration through this website is the PREFERRED method and is available for all four registrations by simply clicking on the red ” Get tickets” button on the Eventbrite website


However, if you would like to register and pay with a CHECK or CREDIT CARD by MAIL, please download, print and complete the Combined Reg form 2024 and mail to:


GICA Seminar

P.O. Box 2698

Covington, LA 70434


with your check or credit card information enclosed. Please make all checks payable to “Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association”.





There are four (4) seminar attendance registration options:


GICA Member $420;

Non-GICA Member $500

Government Employee $210; and

Maritime Student $60.





Our golf outing is scheduled for the morning of Wednesday August 7th at the Lakewood Golf Club, 4801 General DeGaulle Dr., New Orleans 70131. Tee Time is 0830 and we recommend you arrive at 0800. There will be sponsored holes with plenty of food and drink on the course.


There is a nominal fee of $120 for golfers, and we are accepting Hole Sponsorships again this year!


Put together your foursome, sponsor a hole, or just come out to enjoy a round of great golf and great comradery.





Please consider continuing your support of GICA through a Seminar Sponsorship. The financial support we gain from our generous sponsors is essential to maintaining the posture and credibility of our organization. This will be especially true as we look to improve the excellent industry support provided by GICA to date.


There are four levels of sponsorship:


Platinum$2,500 and up; Gold$1000 and up; Silver$750 and up; Bronzeup to $750


All seminar sponsors are recognized throughout the event for their commitment to GICA. Please respond with your level of support prior to July 30th to ensure your company is included on all published materials prepared in advance of the seminar.





Exhibitors are an integral part of our Seminar. Exhibitors can expect to reach an outstanding audience of waterway, maritime and industry experts during the event. Don’t miss the opportunity to highlight your company before our large and diverse list of seminar attendees!


Displays should be set up prior to 3:00 pm Wednesday, August 7th and may remain until the close of the Seminar on Friday August 9th at 12:00 p.m.


Exhibitors receive one (1) complimentary seminar registration as part of the $700 Exhibitor fee. If you plan on additional personnel attending and participating in the seminar (i.e. attending the GICA sponsored social events after hours, lunch on August 8th, etc.), a separate seminar registration will be required. Additional persons attending to merely staff a booth who will not participate in the above activities will NOT be required to complete a separate seminar registration. Exhibitor registrations must be received by August 1st, 2024, to facilitate space availability.


The hotel will provide each Exhibitor a 6-foot table, wastepaper basket and two chairs. Please contact Paul Dittman at if you have any additional needs. Please note, Exhibitors are responsible for any additional charges assessed by hotel.


See you soon!


Paul Dittman

President, GICA


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