Why was the region selected?
We have struggled to find affordable northeast locations for the meeting. This has resulted in making many of our members living and working in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions travel long distances or being unable to showcase their work to their peers in the form of tours.
Why was the Mohegan Sun selected vs. a city?
- We are priced out of Boston and New York City. Hartford and New Haven do not have a venue large enough to hold the meeting. We have outgrown the space we used in Providence in 2006 and the next option is too much space and cost for us.
- We can offer rich and diverse pre- and post-session programing. It is unlikely that we will ever be able to hold the meeting in New York City and/or Boston. However, the following locations are accessible:
- Uncasville is 45 minutes by bus from New Haven. We are planning to offer both workshops and tours at Yale University. It might be possible to arrange a two-day pre-conference package with an overnight in New Haven. Attendees could take the train to New Haven and then be bused to the Mohegan Sun.
- Uncasville is 45 minutes by bus to Hartford. We are considering offering tours and possibly workshops and receptions at the Mark Twain House, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum.
- Uncasville is 50 minutes by bus to Newport, RI. The Newport mansions are possible tour locations, including the possibility of an overnight tour.
- Uncasville is 90 minutes by bus to Boston. Tours of Boston museums are being planned. Attendees could fly into Boston and transfer to the tour site and then be bused to the Mohegan Sun.
- Uncasville is 2.5 hours by bus from New York City. A pre-conference overnight tour to New York City could be planned.
- Additionally, Uncasville is about 20 minutes to many great New England sites. Receptions are possible at the Mystic Seaport, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Lyman Alyn Art Museum, Florence Griswold Art Museum and many other great locations.
- While we keep registration rates as low as possible, we do hear from members that the cost of attending is still too high. This is especially true for those members in private practice. Being able to hold the meeting in the Northeast, within driving distance of a large percentage of our members, greatly reduces the cost to attend for many. In addition:
- The sleeping room rate at the Mohegan Sun is $139 (Sun-Thu) with a special block for students at $98.
- By using the hotel during the week (the Mohegan Sun’s busy time is weekends), we get a top-notch hotel at a good value.
- Parking is free
- Travel by Amtrak is easy and affordable
- We will be able to offer low-cost bus shuttles from New York City and Boston
We select meeting sites and dates so that the widest number of members are able to attend (at least some of the time). Not all dates and locations will appeal equally. However, by varying the dates and locations each year, we achieve a level of fairness and access for all.
How can a casino hotel live up to past locations?
- The Mohegan Sun is a Four Diamond Rated Hotel.
- The Mohegan Sun is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, which represents the finest and most diverse global portfolio of independent hotels. All must be 4 or 5 Diamond properties. Preferred Hotels & Resorts requires that each of its member hotels conform to the Preferred Standards of Excellence™, renowned quality standards that are measured by yearly anonymous on-site inspections carried out by professional third-party experts.
- All of the meeting space, all access to sleeping rooms and the hotel lobby, and access to most of the restaurants is on a level above the casino. Unlike large casino hotels in Las Vegas, one can access their room, the meeting space, and most restaurants while never setting foot in the casino.
- Travel & Leisure Magazine named Mohegan Sun the #1 Hotel in Connecticut for 2016.
- The hotel has 1,200 rooms and over 100,000 square feet of meeting space.
- More than 95% of the sleeping rooms and all common areas are non-smoking. The casino has smoking and non-smoking sections.
- Sleeping room rates on the hotel’s booking calendar on the website run from $179 on Monday and Tuesday nights to $599 on the weekends. However, our group rate is $139 per night – Sunday to Thursday.
- The property is owned and operated by the Mohegan Sovereign Nation.
- The resort has over 30 restaurants from quick service to fine dining.