The 2016 ALA Annual Conference has been cancelled.



After much discussion, the ALA Board of Governors and the ALA staff have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2016 ALA Conference due to the elevated health risks associated with the Zika virus.


This decision was based on the health risks outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health OrganizationWe sincerely regret any inconvenience resulting from this decision, but our members' health and safety is our number-one concern.


We are working diligently to minimize the financial impact that this decision has on our members as well as the association. The ALA Conference was scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, suitable alternative properties were not available during those dates. Therefore, all 2016 Conference registrations will roll over and are guaranteed the lowest rate for the 2017 ALA Conference in Vancouver, Sept. 10-12.


"ALA is our industry family and our decision was entirely focused on ensuring the safety of our members," said Rick Seidman, 2016 ALA Conference Committee chair. "We hope you understand, and we look forward to seeing all of you in Vancouver in 2017."


"Thank you to all of our members who called with pertinent information to assist the Board of Governors in making this important decision," added Eric Jacobson, ALA president and CEO. "The member support we have received is a testament to the strength of both the industry and our organization, and we look forward to working together to develop a great 2017 Conference in Vancouver." 


More information will follow soon. In the meantime, please continue to check this website for the latest updates.







Eric Jacobson, CAE

President and CEO,

American Lighting Association

Michael Estrin

Owner, Estrin Sales Agency

Chair, ALA Board of Governors

Rick Seidman

President and CEO, Quoizel

Chair, ALA 2016 Conference Committee


2016 Hotel Reservations Information

If you have already made your hotel reservation for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference at El Conquistador Resort, you must contact the hotel directly if you choose to cancel your reservation. Refer to your hotel confirmation email or email Jessica McDougall at, to cancel your hotel reservation.


Registration Fees

All 2016 Conference Registrations have been automatically rolled over to apply to the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Vancouver, Sept. 10-12. By rolling over your registration, you are guaranteed the lowest rate for the 2017 event and you will not be charged additional registration fees in 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns about your registration fees, please call ALA at 214-698-9898 or 1-800-605-4448, or email us