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Media Registration and Accommodation Information for the APEC Ministerial Meetings in Big Sky, Montana, May 18-21, 2011


Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 13, 2011

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Date: 04/27/2011 Description: Welcome to Big Sky Mountain Village © Big Sky Chamber of Commerce

The State Department is now accepting media registration applications for the APEC Ministerial meetings in Big Sky, Montana. The meetings will take place May 18-21, 2011 at the Big Sky Resort. All media covering the meetings must hold a valid registration pass.

Register using the Press Registration Application Form at https://press.state.gov/APEC/.

The deadline to submit press registration applications is FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011 (11:59 p.m. EST).

Please note that this application is for media registration only. Official photographers who are travelling with their country’s delegation are required to contact their embassy for credential applications.

Your registration will not be processed if the required information and format are incorrect.

Note: Journalists who are not American citizens and are issued a registration pass must have a valid “I” visa or work permit (“Green Card”) to work in the United States, even for a short period. Please consult the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to you about obtaining an “I” visa.

Registered members of the press may pick up their registration pass starting Wednesday,

May 18. Times and location will be announced soon.

There will be a press filing center at the Big Sky Resort open from May 18-21, 2011. Only registered members of the press will be allowed access to the filing center and press events.

Official Ministerial press events will be pool press coverage unless otherwise noted due to significant space limitations; however, any media outlet will be able to access all APEC host video at no cost for their broadcast purposes via an FTP site to be identified in a later media note. APEC host video will also be provided to APTN, Reuters and Eurovision.

All journalists registered to cover the Ministerial meetings can cover the open press events.

The official media program is listed at the end of this note. There may be additional media events sponsored by individual economies/Ministers. These will be announced throughout the Ministerial meeting.

Media Resources

In order to assist journalists covering APEC 2011 events, the U.S. Foreign Press Center created an APEC 2011 Media Resource web page at http://fpc.state.gov/c41906.htm. The page includes a schedule of meetings, announcements and press releases, U.S. government statements, briefings, speeches, remarks and fact sheets, U.S. government web resources, and additional background information. This page is updated regularly. To get the latest updates and news, journalists may sign-up for the email listserv at http://fpc.state.gov/156705.htm.

Members of the press may send inquires about all aspects of the APEC 2011 meetings to APEC2011media@state.gov.

Official Media Program

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

APEC SME Competitiveness through Clean Growth Forum

Opening Remarks Pool Press Coverage

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Small and Medium Enterprises Green Facility Tour –

West Paw Design, Bozeman, MT Pool Press Coverage

Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting Opening Remarks Pool Camera Spray

Ministers Responsible for Trade Official Photo (Family Photo) Open Press

Ministers Responsible for Trade Official Lunch Pool Camera Spray

Ministers Responsible for Trade Dialogue with Private Sector Pool Press Coverage

Ministers Responsible for Trade and Private Sector

Dinner Pool Camera Spray

Friday, May 20, 2011

Ministers Responsible for Trade Press Conference Open Press

Ministers Responsible for Trade and the Small and Medium

Size Enterprise Ministerial Meeting Lunch with Private Sector Pool Camera Spray

Ministers Responsible for Trade and the Small and Medium Size

Enterprise Ministerial Meeting Pool Camera Spray

Small and Medium Enterprise Ministers Dinner Pool Camera Spray

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Small and Medium Enterprise Ministerial Meeting Pool Camera Spray

Small and Medium Enterprise Ministerial Official Photo

(Family Photo) Open Press

Small and Medium Enterprise Ministerial Press Conference Open Press

Accommodations

Two hotel properties have been blocked for members of the press covering the meetings in Big Sky. Both properties are conveniently located approximately 10 minutes by car from the meeting venues at the Big Sky Resort. Below is a description of each property and the reservation process.

Whitewater Inn

The Whitewater Inn is located only 10 miles away from Big Sky Resort. This hotel features a pool, spa, guest laundry, an exercise room and meeting rooms. Guests will enjoy standard hotel rooms equipped with free wireless internet access, voicemail, free local calls, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards. Further information can be found at http://www.bigskyresort.com/Lodging/Lodging-Locations/Whitewater_Inn.asp

Rates and Amenities: Complimentary continental breakfast is included in the hotel rate. A standard single hotel room is $135/night plus applicable taxes. Some rooms are able to accommodate up to four individuals. Each additional individual in a single room is $15/person per night.

Transportation: A complimentary shuttle will take guests to and from the Whitewater Inn to the meeting venue at Big Sky Resort.

Reservation Instructions:

Since the Whitewater Inn is a property within the Big Sky Resort’s management, reservations may be made by phone or on the resort’s website. Press must reference the following group code and designate they will be staying at the Whitewater Inn when making a reservation.

Press Group Code for Whitewater Inn: 5722

By phone: Call Big Sky Resort Central Reservations at 1-800-548-4486 and reference your group code. The resort is open between from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday, and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday, Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Online:

1. Go to www.bigskyresort.com

2. Enter dates (under “start planning” heading)

3. Click “GO”

4. Click on the “Groups” heading at the top of the screen in white lettering.

5. Enter in the 4-digit group code you have been assigned.

6. Follow directions to book and you will receive your confirmation letter within 2 days to the e-mail address on file.

Deadline: The Whitewater Inn is now accepting reservations. The deadline to make a reservation is April 30, 2011.

Buck’s T-4 Lodge

Buck’s T-4 Lodge is located in the scenic Gallatin Canyon area of Big Sky and is located only 10 miles away from the meeting venue, Big Sky Resort. This full-service hotel features one and two bed guest rooms, which include free wireless internet, microwave/refrigerator and satellite television. The property offers a full-service restaurant and bar and variety of meeting rooms. Further information can be found at www.buckst4.com

Rates and Amenities: Rates include a full hot breakfast and parking. The rate for a standard single or double hotel room is $125/night plus applicable taxes. Each additional guest is $20/night.

Transportation: A complimentary shuttle will take guests to and from Buck’s T-4 Lodge to the meeting venue at Big Sky Resort.

Reservation Instructions: Reservations may be made by phone, fax, email or through a website. Reservations for press will require that you use a promo code for all forms of booking.

Press Promo Code for Buck’s T-4 Lodge: APEC

By Phone or Fax: Guests may call 1-800-822-4484 to make reservations or fax their information to (406) 995-2191. Reservations made by fax will not be considered confirmed until guests receive a confirmation number from the hotel.

By Email: Guests may email info@buckst4.com with their reservation information. Reservations made by email will not be considered confirmed until guests receive a confirmation number from the hotel.

Online: Go to the website below and use the promo code to receive the APEC rate:

http://www.buckst4.com/reserve.php?begindate=05/06/2011&enddate=05/07/2011&adults=1&promocode=APEC

Deadline: Buck’s T-4 Lodge is now accepting reservations. The deadline to make a reservation is April 24, 2011.



PRN: 2011/583



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