Conference FAQ

About ALA Conference


The ALA Annual Conference provides the perfect opportunity to network with other lighting professionals, learn best practices, keep up with new technology and new regulations. Packed with informational seminars, interactive panels, networking and socializing, this event brings the residential lighting industry together for a three day working retreat. Specialized topics cover the concerns of manufacturers, retailers, sales reps, designers and associates alike.


The conference will begin with an orientation in the late afternoon on Monday, September 24. It will conclude the night of Wednesday, September 26. 




The Omni Grove Park Inn is located at 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804.  

With a history of serving guests for over a century, The Omni Grove Park Inn welcomes you with a tradition of Southern hospitality, modern conveniences and an unmatched setting amidst the beauty of Asheville. Complement your next North Carolina visit with a trip to the resort’s unique subterranean spa and a round of championship golf on our Donald Ross-designed course. 



Guest registrations include access to all conference events except the break-out educational seminars and panels. The guest registration is intended for a travel companion who is not in the lighting business, and does not include these specialized lighting sessions. Guests do have access to all keynotes and all meals. (Optionally, you may purchase an a-la-carte ticket to any single event. For instance, many spouses or guests will get individual tickets for the opening night reception and the closing night dinner. The rest of the time, guests are free to explore Asheville on their own. These individual tickets will be posted in the coming months.)


Golf Tournament

The tournament will be held September 24, at the Grove Park Inn.  As always, we will by playing a four-person scramble format, and there will be drink tickets, a boxed lunch and prizes. Rental clubs can be reserved through the course.



Fly in to Asheville. Most attendees arrive on Monday, September 24, in time for the evening reception. If you are golfing in the ALA pre-conference tournament, you will want to arrive on Sunday, September 23. The closing dinner will end late on Wednesday, September 26, so most members choose to fly home on Thursday, September 27.


Airport Transfers

Alamo         BY #529118               800-354-2322
Avis            AWD #B608500          800-331-1212
Budget        BCD #Z663400           800-527-0700
Hertz          CPD #089817             800-654-2200 (US)         800-263-0600 (Canada)
National       Disc. #5021601          800-CAR-RENT


Free Evening

Enjoy a free evening Tuesday night, September 25. 


This is a no-tie conference. Social events are chic urban casual and daytime meetings and seminars are business casual.


Refunds and Changes

Registrations are non-refundable. You can always transfer the registration to another attendee without penalty. Send requests to


Mobile App
Search "ALA Conference" in the Google Play or Apple app store, and download the app before you arrive. There will be lots of tips and discussions to help you make the most of your time at the conference.


Still Have Questions? Contact Elizabeth Ware at 800-605-4448 x221, or send her an e-mail at