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General

1. What are the show dates/hours?

  • Sunday, September 30 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Monday, October 1 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 2 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

2. What is the cost to attend the show?

The advance registration fee for an Exhibits-Only pass is $30; after August 31, 2018, the registration fee is $45. An Exhibits-Only badge is valid all 3 days of the show. Day Passes are available for the conference program and will include access to the exhibit hall (valid all 3 days).

 

Click here to register online or download the registration form to submit via fax or email.

 

3. What method of payments are accepted?

The following credit cards are accepted forms of payment: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Checks and money orders made payable to "Association for Print Technologies" in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank are also accepted. Cash is accepted (on-site only).

 

4. How do I add or delete sessions or cancel my registration?

You can add seminars to your existing registration online, by phone, by fax or on-site.

 

To do so online, visit the Registration Resource Center, or use the link provided on your e-mail confirmation letter.

 

Type in your Badge Number and e-mail address exactly as you submitted it when you registered. When your record is found, click on the Upgrade link.

 

Phone (800) 748-5056 or (508) 743-8515 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Eastern.

 

Or you can fax a registration form with the information on the sessions you wish to add and your payment information (credit card number and expiration date) to (508) 743-9634. Include your name and company name as originally used for registering, be sure to note on the form that you are already registered and include your registration/confirmation number to avoid duplicate registrations. (Download registration form)

 

Please note: To remove seminars that you have registered for, you must call (800) 748-5056 or (508) 743-8515, or e-mail print@xpressreg.net. If you would like to cancel your seminar registration altogether, you must submit your request in writing via e-mail: print@xpressreg.net or fax: (508) 743-9634 no later than September 14, 2018. If your badge has already mailed, certain restrictions apply. Your seminar registration refund (minus a $50 processing fee) will be issued within 30 days of the close of the show.

 

If you registered by August 31, you are considered a pre-registrant and pre-registration prices will apply to seminars added to your registration regardless of when you add them to your record, even if you purchase them on-site.

 

5. What are the registration hours at the show?

  • Sunday, September 30: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Monday, October 1: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 2: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

 

6. What is the closest airport to the show?

Chicago Midway International Airport is the closest airport and is approximately 10 miles from McCormick Place.

 

7. Are hotel discounts available?

Yes, PRINT 18 exhibitors and attendees receive the lowest rates, with most hotels ranging from $182/night to $291/night. There is no deposit charged at the time of booking. A credit card is required to guarantee all room reservations and the hotel will charge a deposit 2-4 weeks prior to arrival.

 

Click here to reserve online through the official PRINT 18 hotel reservation company, Expovision, or to download and complete the hotel reservation form.

 

WARNING! HOUSING POACHER ALERT!

APTECH SHOW MANAGEMENT IS IN RECEIPT OF REPORTS FROM EXHIBITORS AND ATTENDEES REGARDING COMPANIES (CONVENTION HOUSING SERVICES, EXHIBITORS HOUSING SERVICES, FAIR POINT, GLOBAL HOUSING, ETC.) WHO HAVE CONTACTED SHOW VISITORS TO "ASSIST" WITH HOTEL RESERVATIONS. AT PAST SHOWS, EXHIBITORS AND ATTENDEES HAVE USED THESE 3RD PARTY COMPANIES ONLY TO FIND OUT THEY:

  • DON’T HAVE AN ACTUAL RESERVATION.
  • LOST A DEPOSIT OR FULL PAYMENT.
  • DO NOT RECEIVE THE ROOMS THEY RESERVED.
  • ARRIVE AT SOLD OUT HOTELS WITH NO RESERVATION.
  • HAVE NO RECOURSE FOR THE PAYMENT OF ROOMS.

THESE 3RD PARTY COMPANIES OFTEN DISGUISE THEMSELVES AS PRINT EMPLOYEES OR CLAIM TO REPRESENT OFFICIAL SHOW HOTELS. THEY ALSO CLAIM BETTER RATES, LIMITED ROOMS AND SALES METHODS TO SECURE DEPOSITS OR FULL PREPAYMENT. IF YOU RECEIVE A CALL OR EMAIL FROM ANY COMPANY CLAIMING TO REPRESENT PRINT OTHER THAN THE OFFICIAL PRINT HOTEL RESERVATION OFFICE – EXPOVISION – PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS MAY BE A SCAM. WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU NOT TO MAKE RESERVATIONS WITH THESE COMPANIES AS THEY ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH PRINT/APTECH IN ANY CAPACITY.

 

THE OFFICIAL PRINT HOTEL RESERVATION OFFICE – EXPOVISION – IS THE ONLY HOTEL RESERVATION OFFICE SANCTIONED AND CERTIFIED BY PRINT/APTECH.

 

8. What is the cancellation policy for hotels booked through PRINT 18?

All cancellations and changes should be received by the PRINT 18 Hotel Reservation Office (Expovision) by Friday, August 31, 2018. After this date, reservations and changes will be processed subject to availability. Each hotel has a specific cancellation policy that will appear on your confirmation once you have booked a room, but in general, your one-night room and tax deposit is forfeited if you do not cancel at least 3 days prior your arrival date.

 

Expovision is the official hotel reservation company for PRINT 18. Contact them by:

PRINT 18 Hotel Reservation Office
c/o Expovision
3141 Fairview Park Drive, Suite 550
Falls Church, VA 22042

 

9. Are there free shuttle buses to and from the show?

Yes, PRINT 18 offers free transportation from all hotels in the 2018 hotel block (except those noted in walking distance) to McCormick Place South at 15-20 minute intervals in the morning, and from McCormick Place South back to the hotels each afternoon, Sunday, September 30 through Tuesday, October 2.

 

View the hotels, routes, and hotel pick-up locations on the Hotel & Transportation page.

 

Please note: PRINT 18 Shuttles are only for show attendees and exhibitors staying at the listed PRINT 18 hotels.

 

10. Where can I park?

Visit the McCormick Place Getting Here - Parking & Rates page for parking lot options, locations, and rates. You can also purchase parking online – a limited number of prepaid guaranteed parking spaces are available at the rate of $36 per day by advance order of an Attendee & Exhibitor Parking Permit. This permit allows access to the garages with in-and-out privileges. Parking spaces are guaranteed even if lots fill to capacity.

 

Parking is also available at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Garage.

 

11. Where can I rent a scooter or wheelchair?

You may rent scooters and wheelchairs through Scootaround. More information and online reservations are available here. Or call (888) 441-7575.

 

12. Is there a bag/coat check?

Yes, it will be located on Level 1 of McCormick Place South in Room S100c. The cost is $3.00 per coat and $4.00 per bag.

 

Hours of Operation:

  • Sunday, September 30 & Monday, October 1: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 2: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

13. Is WiFi available?

High-speed Wi-fi will be free throughout McCormick Place South at PRINT 18 for use on personal devices.

 

14. How can I find out about other events?

Go to www.printtechnologies.org and click on “Events” in the menu header. You may also request information by e-mailing the Association for Print Technologies (APTech) at PRINT@aptech.org, or calling (703) 264-7200.

 

Attendee

1. Is my badge valid all days of the show?

Yes, your badge is valid for all 3 days of the show.

 

2. I am only able to attend one day of the show; are day passes available?

An Exhibits-Only badge is valid all 3 days of PRINT 18. Day Passes are available for the conference program; click here for more information. A seminar badge includes access to the show floor (valid all 3 days).

 

3. I lost my badge. How can I get a replacement?

A replacement badge may be obtained on-site at no charge. We only allow for one replacement badge per person.

 

4. How do I make changes to my badge contact information?

If your badge has not mailed (badge mailing begins in late August), you may make changes to your badge contact information through the Attendee Registration Resource Center.

 

You may also call (800) 748-5056 or (508) 743-8515 Monday- Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Eastern, or e-mail print@xpressreg.net.

 

5. I registered but have not received a confirmation. How do I get a copy?

Online registrations should generate an immediate e-mail confirmation if you have provided a valid e-mail address. If you registered by fax or mail (and provided an e-mail address on your registration form), please allow up to two weeks to receive your registration confirmation. You may get another confirmation by accessing your registration through the Registration Resource Center (you will need your badge number).

 

You may also e-mail print@xpressreg.net, or call (800) 748-5056 or (508) 743-8515 Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Eastern.

 

6. Are there any restrictions on who can attend the show?

The only restriction is age-related. No one under the age of 14, including infants, will be admitted to the show floor or seminars at any time. Proof of age may be required. Anyone 14 years of age or older must register. There are no exceptions. Childcare will not be provided.

 

7. Can I bring my children to the show?

No one under the age of 14, including infants, will be admitted to the show floor or seminars at any time. Proof of age may be required. Anyone 14 years of age or older must register. There are no exceptions. Childcare will not be provided.

 

8. What is the registration cancellation policy?

Exhibits-Only registrations are non-refundable.

 

Seminar registrations may be cancelled/refunded provided a cancellation request is made in writing by September 14, 2018. You may e-mail your request to print@xpressreg.net, or fax it to (508) 743-9634. No cancellations will be accepted after September 14. Refunds (minus a $50 processing fee) will be issued within 30 days after the close of the show. If your badge has already been mailed to you, certain restrictions apply. There are no refunds for "no-shows."

 

9. When will I get my badge?

Badges will begin mailing in late August. If you register after September 16, your badge will not be mailed, and will be available for pick-up at the show at the Pre-Registered X•Press Check-in area in Registration. Badges mailing to destinations outside of the U.S. will not mail for registrations received after September 9.

 

10. Is an exhibits entry badge included in the seminar registration price?

Yes, if you register for a seminar, your seminar badge includes access to the exhibit hall (valid all 3 days).

 

11. Are sessions handouts available for download?

Seminar registrants may contact Jodie Haynes at jhaynes@aptech.org with requests for session handouts.

 

12. Where can I get a plastic badge holder?

Badge holders will be available on-site at the Badge Holder Pick-up counters. Please be prepared to turn in the left-hand side of your badge, so we can verify your attendance.

 

13. Do you have a Spanish registration site?

Our registration site has Google Translate, so you can select your language from the dropdown menu with the Google logo and “Select Language” on the top right side of the page. You may also call (800) 748-5056 or (508) 743-8515 Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Eastern, to register by phone.

 

14. How can I get a Letter of Invitation?

A Letter of Invitation is available during the online registration process if you have provided an address outside of the U.S. The letter will be available to view and print through a link in your registration confirmation e-mail. You may also request that this letter be mailed to you or an alternate contact. Please note that the registration fee for an Exhibits-Only pass is $30 (U.S. dollars) per person through August 31; after August 31 and on-site at PRINT 18, the cost is $45 (U.S. dollars). This badge will give access to the show floor all 3 days.

 

Please note: there are no refunds for Exhibits-Only registrations, even if a Visa is denied.

 

Alert for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Countries: Under new rules introduced by the U.S. government, visitors traveling to America from a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) country, are required, as of April 1, 2016, to have an electronic passport “e-Passport.” An e-Passport is an enhanced secure passport with an embedded electronic chip. The chip can be scanned to match the identity of the traveler to the passport. E-Passports are issued by the proper passport issuing authority and must be in compliance with standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). You can readily identify an e-Passport, because it has a unique international symbol on the cover. More about e-Passports is available on the DHS website.

 

Exhibitor

1. How do I sign up to exhibit at PRINT 18?

To become an exhibitor, you first need to view the online floor plan to select a booth space. After you’ve selected your preferred space(s), complete the PRINT 18 Space Application (accompanied by proper payment), and email it to Kaitlyn Greene at kgreene@aptech.org. She will confirm receipt of application and follow-up with next steps.

 

2. What is the cost to exhibit & what is included in that cost?

The Standard Rate for exhibit space is $32 per square foot. Included in that cost is booth drapery for linear spaces (8 ft. high back wall and two 3 ft. high side rails), 7"x44" identification sign with company name and booth number, complimentary WiFi on the show floor for personal devices (10 megabits per device), complimentary machinery handling, 5 staff badges per every 100 sq. ft. you occupy, and many promotional opportunities that come at no cost!

 

3. How do I register for my exhibitor badges?

Access to the Exhibitor Registration site requires a User ID and Pass Code. After you’ve entered that information into the login portal, you have the option to register new booth staff and/or re-register your same staff from PRINT 17.

 

If you do not have your User ID and Pass Code, contact Erin Harrison at eharrison@aptech.org or (703) 264-7200.

 

4. I am an exhibitor and want to register for seminars. What do I do?

If you are already registered for an exhibitor badge and would like to purchase seminars, access your registration in the Registration Resource Center (badge number and e-mail address on file required), or call (800) 748-5056 / (508) 743-8515, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm Eastern.

 

If you need an exhibitor badge and would like to purchase seminars, register as an exhibitor first (company login required), then access your registration in the Registration Resource Center to purchase seminars.

 

5. When will I receive my exhibitor badge?

All exhibitor badges will mail as a group the week of September 3 for registrations received by September 3 (online) / August 28 (paper form) to the Main Contact and/or to up to two designated Alternate Contacts. Badges will mail via the United States Postal Service and you should expect to receive them within two weeks.

 

6. I am exhibiting. How can my company present a seminar?

Exhibiting companies may participate in the Exhibitor Presentation Series program. Click here for more information.

 

7. I am an exhibitor. Where can I park?

Lot A is the primary parking location. Visit the McCormick Place Parking & Rates page for details. You can also purchase parking online – a limited number of prepaid guaranteed parking spaces are available at the rate of $36 per day by advance order of an Exhibitor Parking Permit. This permit allows access to the garages with in-and-out privileges. Parking spaces are guaranteed even if lots fill to capacity.

 

Media

1. How do I register for a media/press badge?

Media/Press Registration is available online only. Proper media credentials are required.

 

2. Who is eligible for a media/press badge?

Individuals who perform editorial functions at recognized trade media disseminated to the graphic communications trade, on specific assignment to cover the event, will be granted credentials. Click here to register for a media/press badge.

 

3. Will my media/press badge admit me to the show floor before the show opens?

No. For security reasons, media and others will not be allowed onto the show floor before or after show hours, unless an exhibitor escorts them with a special admission pass.

 

4. Will my media/press badge be mailed to me?

No. Your media badge will be available for pick-up at the show in the News Room.

 

The News Room will be open:

  • Saturday, September 29: 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 30: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Monday, October 1: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 2: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm