GALA 2022 San Diego

24-27 April 2022

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About GALA Conferences

GALA conferences are a once-yearly intersection of learning, networking, motivation, and fun. They are your opportunity to connect with language industry professionals from around the globe who represent diverse companies, sectors, and specialties. No other conference is as open, welcoming, or as inspiring as a GALA conference! The focus is high-level, strategic, and growth oriented. Join us in San Diego (or online), 24-27 April 2022, to expand your mind and your network.  

Interested in having presence at GALA 2022 via a sponsorship or exhibit booth? Learn more about these opportunities here.  

Conference Details

  GALA Member Non-member

Full Registration

US$ 1350 thru 11 March
US$ 1550 after 11 March

US$ 1552 thru 11 March
US$ 1860 after 11 March

One Day

US$ 675 thru 11 March
US$ 775 after 11 March

US$ 810 thru 11 March
US$ 930 after 11 March


US$ 985 US$ 985

Full Registration

US$ 320 thru 11 March
US$ 385 after 11 March

US$ 385 thru 11 March
US$ 465 after 11 March


Pricing and Invoices
  • Please note that conference fees are fixed in USD 
  • If you need an invoice (or pro forma invoice) in order to make payment please select the "bill me" option during registration 
  • You (or any member of your organization) can access open invoices and make payment through their GALA account
    • Please log in at and select "View My Invoices" under the Take Action section of your user profile
What is Included in Full In-Person Registration?
  • All conference sessions and programming
  • Access to conference event platform and session recordings (not all sessions will be recorded)
  • Welcome Reception, GALA Dinner, and Happy Hour
  • Lunch and refreshments on Monday and Tuesday, GALA annual meeting meal on Wednesday 
What is Included in Full Virtual Registration?
  • All live virtual sessions* and 24 hour networking 
  • Access to session recordings 
  • Hybrid Speed Networking

*Note that in-person conference programming will differ from the virtual programming.

Guest Tickets

Guest tickets to the Welcome Reception and the GALA Dinner can be purchased during the registration process. Tickets are intended for those who are NOT in the industry and are not for colleagues. Delegates purchasing one-day registrations may also add on tickets to the social events that they wish to attend.

Ways to Save
  • GALA members save! Considering joining GALA to get member pricing (plus a whole lot more). For a limited time, save up to $300 when you purchase GALA membership and register for the conference at the same time! For more information, check out the GALA 2022 RegShip promotion.
  • Individuals from GALA partner organizations are eligible for a US$100 discount for the in-person conference and $25 on the virtual conference. Please contact your organization for a coupon code. (GALA members cannot add a partner discount to their GALA member discount)
  • Companies sending three or more participants to the in-person conference are entitled to a US$50 per person discount. If using the group registration function, the discount will be applied automatically. Otherwise, contact us for the coupon code.
What is Included in One-Day Registration?
  • One day attendance (Monday or Tuesday)
  • Access to conference recordings (not all sessions will be recorded)
  • Lunch and refreshments for the day you register
  • Welcome Reception and GALA Dinner are *not* included; purchase a guest ticket instead
Special Accommodations

GALA is committed to providing access to all individuals attending the conference. Those needing any special accommodations should contact [email protected] at least four weeks in advance of the conference.

COVID-19 Precautions

The health and safety of the GALA community is our top priority. We will optimize room sets and seating for physical distancing. We will provide masks and hand sanitizer to delegates. Weather permitting, we will have meals and refreshment breaks outdoors. Masks are encouraged, but not required. We do not have any activities requiring transportation by bus or car. We will follow all CDC guidance for group gatherings of our size and we will comply with all regional and state mandates. You can learn about the Hyatt's approach to safety and cleanliness as well. Our goal is ensure that delegates can focus on participation knowing their health and safety is being considered at all times.


Proof of full vaccination will be required to attend the in-person conference. We will follow the CDC's definition of "fully vaccinated". Delegates with vaccine exemptions will require a negative viral test taken within 3 days of the start of the conference. International travelers should review the entry requirements for air travel to the US. We strongly encourage international travelers to also understand their home country's re-entry requirements. While GALA and the event venues will have preventive measures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, gathering in groups does pose risks and delegates must acknowledge that they knowingly accept the risks of attendance.  

Please contact us with any specific questions you have about our approach to health and safety. 



GALA conferences welcome all members of the language industry community and provide a platform for high-value networking and candid peer-to-peer learning in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Industry Leadership

GALA conferences bring together the industry’s most-invested stakeholders and thought-leaders for open, collaborative exchanges around best practices, trends, and challenges.


Participation in a GALA conference is an investment with excellent returns. The value is measured in the increased knowledge, expanded contacts, and renewed motivation that each attendee carries away from the conference.


GALA conferences provide a way for individuals to learn, share, and inspire one another through high-energy discussions and exchanges. You’ll leave the conference reinvigorated and equipped to face challenges.


Whether you work for a language service or technology company, a global enterprise, or a university, you’ll find content (and peers) that addresses the trends and challenges that matter to you. Network, meet partners, benchmark, evaluate, get perspective, share experience, and forge alliances. GALA 2022 is the perfect opportunity to learn and network with your professional peers.


Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Explore Southern California’s vibrant culture and natural beauty from this waterfront hotel in downtown San Diego. Experience spacious rooms, stunning views, and upscale amenities just steps from the city’s top attractions. Located at 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101, USA. Visit the hotel website

GALA Room Block
Note: We have now reached the cutoff date for the GALA 2022 room block. The block will remain open based on hotel availability. At this time, the discounted GALA rate cannot be guaranteed. 

GALA has reserved a limited number of rooms at a special rate for conference delegates. Please make your reservations early!  Reservations within the GALA room block will be accepted until 17:00 Pacific Standard Time on 21 March 2022 or until the block is sold out. After that, reservations will be accepted at the hotel's discretion and will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.

Single/Double Occupancy: US$ 299
Triple Occupancy: US$ 324
Quadruple Occupancy: US$ 349 

Prices do not include taxes and fees
Cancellation Policy: Reservations may be canceled without penalty up to 48 hours prior to scheduled check-in


To book your room using our online group reservation portal, please use the above link. If you plan to arrive before the 21st or stay after the 28th, please make your reservations by phone as these dates may not be available through the online reservation system. Call the Reservations Center at +1 877-803-7534 (or click here to find contact information by region) and reference the GALA room block at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Please note: Beware of scams. GALA does not contract with any third party organizations to make hotel reservations for attendees of the conference. All attendees should make their own hotel reservations using the link above.

Hotel Address and Contact

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
1 Market Place | San Diego, CA | USA | +1 (619) 232 1234
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Citizens of foreign countries seeking to enter the United States need to have a valid US visa in their passport. Alternatively, certain international travelers are eligible to enter the United States without a visa using the Visa Waiver Prgram (VWP). Please see the section below to learn more about the VWP and the accompanying ESTA application. 

Obtaining a US Visa

US visa application steps vary depending on the country-of-residence. Please consult the US Embassy or Consulate nearest you in order to determine the appropriate steps to receive your visa. The visa application process can be lengthy so we encourage you to start as early as feasible. To learn more about the visa application process, please visit the US Department of State's visa website.

GALA is happy to issue you an invitation letter to attend the conference. If you require an invitation letter, please complete the 2022 Visa Invitation Form.

Using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables elgibile citizens or nationals of designated countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without first obtaining a US visa. Travelers using the VWP must complete an ESTA application (see below) before boarding a United States-bound aircraft carrier. Citizens of the following countries are currently eligible to travel to the United States under the VWP:

Andorra Hungary Norway
Australia Iceland Portugal
Austria Ireland San Marino
Belgium Italy Singapore
Brunei Japan Slovakia
Chile Latvia Slovenia
Czech Republic Liechtenstein South Korea
Denmark Lithuania Spain
Estonia Luxembourg Sweden
Finland Malta Switzerland
France Monaco Taiwan
Germany Netherlands United Kingdom
Greece New Zealand  

Recent changes to the VWP

As of December 2015, policy changes were announced in the United States stating that travelers who have entered Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen on or after 01 March 2011 are not eligible to use the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and must obtain a US visa before entering the country, even if they are a citizen of a VWP country.

For more details on visa waivers, please visit the FAQ page for the VWP.

Processing an ESTA Application

All travelers seeking to enter the United States via the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must also apply for travel authorization by submitting an ESTA application online. Successful ESTA application qualifies travelers to enter the United States for both business and leisure for less than 90 days. If you already have a US Visa, you do not need an ESTA. 

What do I need to process the ESTA?

  • Valid passport from a Visa Waiver Program country.
  • Valid credit card (MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover (JCB, Diners Club)) to pay US $14 per application.
  • Your contact information.
  • Your most recent employment information, if applicable.

How far in advance is it necessary to apply for travel authorization through ESTA?

ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to traveling to the United States under the VWP. In most cases, ESTA provides an almost immediate determination of eligibility for travel. However, travelers are encouraged to submit ESTA applications through the ESTA website as soon as the traveler begins to plan a visit to the United States. VWP travelers are not required to have specific plans to travel to the United States before they apply for an ESTA, but if the information is available applicants are encouraged to provide their destination addresses and itineraries. Each approved ESTA application generally is valid for two years or until the applicant’s passport expires, whichever comes first. A new travel authorization is required if: (1) the traveler is issued a new passport; (2) the traveler changes his or her name; (3) the traveler changes his or her gender; (4) the traveler’s country of citizenship changes; or (5) the circumstances underlying the traveler’s previous responses to any of the ESTA application questions requiring a “yes” or “no” response have changed. The associated fee will be charged for each new application submitted.

For more details about ESTA, or to apply, please visit the travel authorization website.

Content cited from the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of State. 

Last Updated 12 January 2022


GALA 2022 Terms & Policies       

GALA 2022 Code of Conduct 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What steps are you taking to mitigate transmission of COVID-19?
A: GALA will follow current CDC recommendations for events and will abide by all local and state mandates that apply to individuals and in-person gatherings. Furthermore, GALA will encourage social distancing by limiting the number of seats at tables and in rooms. We will hold events outdoors or in open-air whenever possible. GALA may require masking, daily health attestations, or other measures deemed appropriate depending on transmission rates and conditions at the time of the conference. Delegates wishing to attend GALA 2022 San Diego in person must be fully vaccinated. The Manchester Grand Hyatt outlines their COVID cleanliness protocols here.

Q: I am registered for the in-person event but can no longer make it. What are my options?
A: You may switch your in-person registration to a virtual registration at any time. GALA will refund the difference with no penalty. You may also substitute a colleague by providing notice to GALA at least one week in advance of the conference. Please send updates to [email protected]. For more information on substitutions and cancellations, please review the GALA 2022 Terms & Policies.

Q: What is included in my one-day registration?
A: One day registration includes all sessions and activities scheduled for the day for which you register. The GALA Dinner and the Welcome Reception are not included in one-day registrations, however, a guest ticket may be purchased for either or both.  

Q: When/how can I access the event platform?
A: All registered delegates will receive an email invitation to access the event app approximately three weeks before the conference. You may access the app via a mobile device (download through your app store) or a web browser of your choice. Haven’t received an invitation email? Email [email protected]

Q: Do I have to download the platform to my ios or Android device?
A: No, you are not required to download the mobile app. You are welcome to use the web browser version (URL provided in your email invitation). We strongly suggest using Chrome and logging in before the start of the conference to ensure you can properly access the platform and begin familiarizing yourself with it.

Q: How do I access specific presentations?
A: All sessions will be accessed through the event platform. To attend the presentation, use the Schedule tab (located at the top of the screen) to find the session you would like to attend. Click on “Join Session.”  Please note that if a session has already occurred and the recording is available, the button will say “Watch Replay.”

Q: Will sessions be available after the live event?
A: Session recordings will only be available via the Event Platform for a limited time.

Q: Will slide decks be available to attendees?
A: The decision about whether or not we share a slide deck is ultimately up to the presenter. If they agree to allow us to share their presentation, you can download the slide deck in the event app. If a presenter has given us permission to share their slides, a PDF of the deck will appear toward the bottom of the session details page.

Q: Can I get a list of all attendees?
A: GALA does not provide attendee rosters. Please use the event app to make connections with other delegates. This is an opt-in feature so it is possible that not all delegates will be listed. 

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions or technical issues?
•    Email us at: [email protected]
•    Message any member of the GALA staff in the event platform

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