First Timers

Welcome to your first convention, we are so glad you are coming. We all know what it is like to come to the convention for the first time and we are here to help. There is no need to be confused or wonder what is going on. We encourage you to review this website for information you will need and want to know. After you visit the registration desk here at the convention center come to the First-timers’ Orientation. It will give you all the information you need to know about what to do and where to go while you are here. Please take advantage of this opportunity so you don’t miss out on all ICES has to offer. We want you to have a great time.

  1. To get started, be sure to register for the convention online. Registration opens starting April 1, 2018. Register early for the reduced price and so you can be assured of getting a seat in the Demos or Hands-on Classes you would like. Your registration fee includes one Friday breakfast ticket, one banquet voucher, entrance into the sugar art gallery and the vendor hall. You have the opportunity to purchase Demos and Hands-on Class tickets when you register so it is a good idea to look through them on this site before you register. You can also purchase extra breakfast or banquet tickets for a spouse or friends. For more information click on Registration.
  2. Make reservations for your hotel. Our host hotel is The Millennium Cincinnati, located directly across from the Duke Energy convention Center, connected to the hotel by a skywalk. ICES reserves a block of rooms which gives you a better rate for your hotel room. When you register there will be a link for you to book your room.
  3. If you need transportation from the airport to the hotel click on Transportation.
  4. Take some time to visit Cincinnati. The areas surrounding downtown have a great number of attractions and events going on that you and/or your family might enjoy.  The Cincinnati Reds will be in town.  We have the Kings Island Amusement park within 30 minutes from town.  Cincinnati has a great zoo and botanical gardens.  There is the Findlay Market, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and so much more.  Please check out our website for information about these and other attractions in greater Cincinnati.  Feel free to come a little early or stay a little longer.