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How do I get from the airport to the Fontainebleau?
We suggest flying into the Miami Airport (MIA).
It is about 20 miles to the hotel. A cab from MIA to the hotel will cost approximately $35.
10% discounts are available on Super Shuttle and ExecuCar by using the Discount Code CLLMC.
First time Uber users can receive a $20 discount on your first trip.
First time Lyft users can receive a $5 discount on your first trip.
Rates for Uber & Lyft are approximately $18 - $24.
As an alternative, you can also fly into Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL). It is about 30 miles to the hotel. A cab from FLL to the hotel will cost approximately $78.
Rates for Uber & Lyft are approximately $33 - $42.

What is this I hear about new TSA travel restrictions?
For the latest information, you may check the Homeland Security website at: https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-enforcement-brief

Should I rent a car?
Transportation will be provided for all conference activities that are not located at the Fontainebleau. Taxi, Uber and Lyft service from the hotel is readily available. The normal parking fee at the Fontainebleau is $47 per day for valet.

How should I dress for the Factoring Conference?
Casual attire is recommended for all conference sessions, receptions as well as the closing event.

What is the weather like in Miami Beach in May?
The average high in May is 83 (28) degrees with a low of 74 (23). The average rainfall amount is 4.96 inches (12cm).

What meals are included with my conference registration?
On Thursday and Friday, your registration includes Continental Breakfast at 7:30am, two breaks during the day, and lunch at 12:30pm. If you choose to attend the Idea Exchange on Saturday morning, Continental Breakfast is included. Additionally, an open bar and appetizers will be set up for the Wednesday evening Triumph Welcome Reception. An open bar and appetizers will also be offered at the Reception on Thursday evening that is being sponsored by Crestmark Bank, Lenders Funding, LLC and Saint John Capital Corp. Dessert and drinks will be offered at the Tax Guard Dessert Reception on Thursday night. Also included is Friday evening’s Closing Event which includes drinks, appetizers and dinner at Nikki Beach.

What time is the conference registration?
Registration will be available on Wednesday from 1:00 - 7:30pm in the Luster Gallerie on the main floor of the Fontainebleau. You will need to pick up your name badge before attending the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening. Registration on Thursday will open at 7:30am.

What time does the conference start?
The Triumph Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening is from 5:30-7:30pm. Actual conference sessions begin at 8:30am on Thursday and Friday. Please plan to arrive a little early if you are not able to register on Wednesday.

What restaurants are in the hotel? What are their hours?
Hakkasan is open from 6pm - 11pm and serves Cantonese cuisine.
Scarpetta is open from 6pm - 11pm and serves Italian cuisine.
Stripsteak is open from 6pm - 11pm and is a steakhouse.
La Côte is open from 11am - 6pm and is casual dining poolside.
Pizza & Burger is open from 5pm - Late and is casual dining.
Vida is open from 7am - 11pm and is casual dining.
Blade is open from 12pm - 11pm and serves Sushi.
Room service is available 24 hours.

Is there a fee for internet from my room?
The Resort Fee is included in your room rate. It includes:

  • In-room wired and wireless access
  • Toll-free and local calls
  • Beach chairs
  • Use of Gym
  • Daily newspaper

I have special dietary restrictions. What can I do?
Let the IFA know of any special dietary restrictions and we will work with you.
The IKFA (International Kosher Factoring Association) is planning a dinner on Thursday evening. Contact the IFA for additional details.

What's the Fontainebleau like?
Situated on oceanfront Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire's Row, Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels on Miami Beach, Florida. Its iconic design is a spectacular blend of Miami’s glamorous golden era and stylish modern luxury. A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than half a century, Morris Lapidus’ emblematic curvilinear building sets a new standard for business and pleasure. The 22-acre oceanfront Miami Beach hotel features signature restaurants by award-winning chefs; two chic nightlife venues; a two-story spa, a virtually endless poolscape, miles of pristine beach and state-of-the-art conference and event facilities. Even before it opened in 1954, Fontainebleau had a rich history shaped by the rapid expansion of the Miami area and its popularity with celebrities.

Are there any resort fees?
There are no additional resort fees, it is included in your room rate.

How do I register my spouse for the receptions?
Name badges are required for admission to all conference events. Guests who have purchased a spouse ticket may attend evening receptions and the closing event with a registered attendee. Spouse tickets are $295 and do not include conference admission, breakfast or lunch. Spouse tickets are not applicable for co-workers. For more information please call the IFA.

What's going on with the separate course on Wednesday?
Factoring Essentials is an add-on course designed for individuals new to factoring or those possessing basic factoring experience that want to learn more about how to operate a successful factoring portfolio. This course is recommended for factors at any level. This is an add-on course for an additional fee of $445 for members / $495 non-members.

Tell me about golf.
The Miami Beach Golf Club was originally opened as Bayshore Golf Course in 1923 as part of pioneering developer Carl Fisher's ambitious Alton Beach subdivision that was designed to lure wealthy winter residents from New York, Indianapolis and Detroit. The City of Miami Beach hired Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates for the latest and most extensive transformation. The once tired and under-utilized Bayshore has now become the elegant and highly regarded Miami Beach Golf Club. The result is a beautifully restored landmark that will be enjoyed by South Florida residents and visitors from around the world for years to come.
The fee for golf is $225, which includes transportation, green fees and cart, practice range balls, and a lunch.
Rental clubs are available for $70.
Golf will run from 6:30am - 2:00pm.

South Beach Food & Art Deco Tour, what’s that about?
Your enthusiastic guide will take you through five different restaurants and cafes in South Beach. On our tour, you’ll by-pass the tourist traps and go straight to the eateries that the locals frequent to discover the mouth-watering dishes that will fill you up for lunch! Besides tasting the foods of Miami, you’ll learn about the dramatic history, diverse culture and stunning Art Deco architecture of Miami Beach.
The fee for this private tour is $80 which includes transportation, the tour and taxes and gratuity.
The food tour will run from 10am - 2pm.

Tell me about the guest tour.
We are not conducting a guest tour this year.

Is there a tour on Saturday?
We are not conducting a tour on Saturday this year.

Tell me about this year's Closing Event.
Nikki Beach Miami Beach is located at the prestigious address of 1 Ocean Drive and has established itself as a quintessential South Beach landmark and luxury beach club since its inception in 1998. The brand’s flagship location is comprised of a large oceanfront complex that features a beach club, award-winning restaurant, cabana bar, garden area café and second floor nightclub.

Each year the conference gets bigger and better. What is going on this year?
We are returning with our roundtable sessions. We've organized the conference so that there will be at least one roundtable that is relevant for every conference attendee. The roundtables are designed to promote interaction and education amongst the conference attendees. The roundtables that we have planned are:

  • Roundtable for Women in Commercial Finance
  • Roundtable for Senior Executives
  • Roundtable for Young Professionals
  • Roundtable for Operational Issues
  • Roundtable for Small Factors
New this year will be the Young Professionals Reception. This is designed to give Young professionals under 40 years of age the opportunity to mix and mingle freely with other Young Professionals. This high-energy reception will provide an opportunity for attendees to grow a strong peer and professional network of colleagues. Designed to inspire and connect, attendees will learn even more about our dynamic industry from other participants who are similar in age. This will take place on Wednesday from 4:30 - 5:30.

Are you having the conference app again?
Yes. It can be viewed at www.eventmobi.com/fc2018. It will also be available a week before the conference in the app store for IOS and Droid devices. You can locate it by searching for Factoring Conference.

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