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The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This year's fiesta overlaps with the SHOT meeting


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Auto production at the Rouge Plant from the Collections of The Henry Ford and The Henry Ford


We’re very much looking forward to seeing you in the fall for the 58th SHOT conference at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  If you haven’t visited this part of the world before, you’re in for a wonderful time – it’s incredible!

You might wonder why we’re writing to you so far ahead – it’s because the world’s largest balloonfest takes place while we are there which is good – and bad.  Good because you’re going to see the likes of a spectacle you cannot imagine (the size of 54 football fields is the space needed for all the balloons to ascend) and bad because hotel space will be impossible to get.  Let me say that one more time (hotel space will be impossible to get).  No cheap hotels, no airbnb – nada, zip, nothing.

But, don’t worry, SHOT has your back.  Graduate students will be staying at a hotel within walking distance and those rooms will be booked as usual through Jane at  The standard room block has been secured at the Hotel Albuquerque for everyone else.  If you’re very wise (and I know you are), you will call the hotel NOW to get your lovely, comfy bed (call 505 843 6300) and quote 16102016SH or go online here

Our room block will be released on September 13 and I can’t do anything after that date so please act very soon as over 100,000 people will be in Albuqerque when we are!  For this reason, we’re securing transportation, restaurants, tours etc now as much as we can so you won’t be disappointed!

To further whet your appetite, we have some amazing tours being planned – visit Acoma, the most ancient pueblo in New Mexico, the town of Los Alamos or the Sandia peaks.  Talk about technology!  And don’t get me started on the food ….

A final tip – book your flights as soon as possible for the same reasons as above – you’re competing with 100,000 people for seats!    We’re looking forward to seeing you and wish you safe and hassle-free travels!  In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at or call Jane at 434 987 6230.  See you in Albuquerque!



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