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International Workshop & Tech Tour

The Wallcovering Installers Association’s first international event takes place this May “across the pond” in the United Kingdom! Experience the amazing historical sites and attractions of London and Oxford while witnessing firsthand how some great and innovative wallcovering products are made and applied.

Each day, the tours and events scheduled will let WIA members and guests have up-close access to some of the best wallcovering products available today. Additionally, participants will have the ability to ask detailed and in-depth questions about how to use and install these products from the creators of the products themselves.

Your registration fee of $395 will include transportation to-and-from factory tours and the hotel, workshop fees, three scheduled group meals and a tour of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

Please contact the WIA office at 800-254-6477 or info@wallcoveringinstallers.org if you have any questions or inquires.

Non-refundable deposit of $175 due at registration, and remaining fee due by May 1, 2017

Proposed Itinerary (subject to change):

  • May 22nd

Arrive to the UK

  • May 23rd

Breakfast available at hotel (cost not included in registration fee

Factory Tour of Lewis & Wood – hand printed classic wallpapers, wide width printed designs and fabrics

Lunch with Stephen Lewis of Lewis & Wood (generously hosted by Lewis & Wood)

Tour of Allyson McDermott restorers to see the studio, restoration studio and archives

Group dinner at The Swan in Swinbrook – a quintessential Cotswolds pub (cost included in registration fee)

  • May 24th

Breakfast available at hotel (cost not included in registration fee)

Factory Tour of Zoffany/Anstey – innovative fabrics and wallpapers in a wide variety of styles based on historical references and using cutting-edge techniques

Tour of Blenheim Palace – a private tour of the Indian Room to view recently restored wallcoverings, as well as a historic tour of the Palace State Rooms

Evening activities at personal leisure

  • May 25th

Breakfast available at hotel (cost not included in registration fee)

Tour of Chelsea Harbour and the Fromental Showroom

Tour of China Tang to view wallcoverings

Group lunch at local establishment (cost included in registration fee)

Walking tour of west London

Optional tour of Meystyle (requires 1 hour of travel each way)

Evening activities at personal leisure

  • May 26th

Breakfast available at the hotel (cost not included in registration fee)

Workshop in Oxford

Group lunch at a pub in Oxford (cost included in registration fee)

Afternoon activities at personal leisure

  • May 27th

Depart from the UK

Lodging and Transportation:

The Oxford Four Spires Hotel has offered our group a discounted rate of £130 ($165.11 USD) per night if you register for this event by April 10, 2017. This option is included on the registration form, and WIA staff will take care of the logistics with your booking at the Oxford Four Spires. The hotel room rate, taxes as well as fees are not included in the WIA registration fee and will be the responsibility of the attendee. All hotel specific requests or cancellation needs must be communicated with the hotel directly, and WIA is not responsible for any cancellation penalties.

The Oxford Four Spires is set upon miles of beautiful parkland alongside the Thames, and is a leisurely 15-minute walk from Oxford’s city centre. For more information about the hotel visit www.oxfordspireshotel.co.uk.

Your registration fee will include transportation to-and-from the factories as well as the hotel. Other travel means (including airfare) are not covered with registration. However, the WIA staff is happy to assist in your coordinating travel needs. Please e-mail us at info@wallcoveringinstallers.org if you need any assistance!

Your registration fee does include three group meals (excluding beverages) during your trip. Other meal arrangements are at your personal expense.

It is a long bank holiday weekend May 27-29, so it’s important to make hotel and flight reservations quickly!

If you do not currently have a U.S. passport, start the application process for a passport immediately.

While a visa is not needed to visit the United Kingdom, you must have a valid U.S. passport. For instructions and a listing of places to go to obtain your passport, visit https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/where-to-apply.html.

Other Costs to Consider:

Hotel room rate, taxes and fees (Oxford Four Spires discounted rate is £130 per night until 4/10/17)

Airfare

Non-group meals (suggested minimum budget of £130)

Tube travel in London (currently £12.10 maximum

Transportation to-and-from airport

Personal activities

Passport (if not already obtained)

Currency exchange

Contact Information

Wallcovering Installers Association
Wallcovering Installers Association

136 South Keowee Street
Dayton, OH, 45402

toll-free: 800.254.6477
http://www.wallcoveringinstallers.org/


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