Annual Conference

Sister Cities International is excited to host its 61st Annual Conference in Virginia Beach, VA July 13-15!




July 13-15, 2017


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Virginia Beach

1900 Pavilion Drive

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

This year we are excited to announce SCI's US-Russia Mayors' Summit taking place July 12th and 13th in conjunction with the Annual Conference July 14th and 15th. To register, please click here.



A block of rooms is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at a special disounted rate of $229/night. Please call reservations toll free at 855-275-4790 or the reservations local phone at 757-422-8900 and mention "2017 Sister Cities International Conference" to reserve you room or book online HERE. The hotel cut-off date to receive this special rate is Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT. 

Please note: Rooms offered at the special room rate are available on a first come, first serve basis. Book your room early!

So you may better budget your hotel stay, current state and local taxes are currently 14%. This will be added per hotel room, per night at the end of your stay. 


Full conference registration is available at a discounted early bird rate when you register by April 15, 2017!

Full Conference Registration: Members (Early Bird Rate - before April 15, 2017) $495
Full Conference Registration: Non-Members (Early Bird Rate - before April 15, 2017) $595
Full Conference Registration: Members (Regular Rate - after April 15, 2017) $595
Full Conference Registration: Non-Members (Regular Rate - after April 15, 2017) $695
Young Professional Conference Registration $395
Friday Only Conference Registration $350
Saturday Only Conference Registration $350
US-Russia Mayors' Summit Registration (July 12th-15th) (Early Bird Rate - before April 15, 2017)  $595
US-Russia Mayors' Summit Registration (July 12th-15th) (Regular Rate - after April 15, 2017)  $695
US-Russia Mayors' Summit ONLY Registration (July 12th-13th)   $350

Thank you to our Honorary Host Committee!

Stay tuned for a full list of our 2017 Annual Conference Honorary Host Committee.

Agenda Highlights

Stay tuned to view the full 2017 Annual Conference agenda. 

Youth Leadership Summit

Sister Cities International welcomes high school students (ages 14-18) to participate in the 2017 Youth Leadership Summit at the 61st Annual Conference in Virginia Beach, VA.

Click here to learn more about the Youth Leadership Summit and read past Summit recaps.

Email Alyssa Fox at for more information. 

Donate Your Community's Flag for the Opening Ceremony Parade of Flags

Include your community's flag alongside 150 others during the Parade of Flags at the 60th Annual Conference Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 14.

Each member community or organization is encouraged to donate a community/city/county or sister city organization flag for the Parade. Note: If you donated a flag for the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Conferences, it will be used again this year. New flag donations are considered to be a one time member gift to Sister Cities International and will be retained for use during future Annual Conference Opening Ceremonies. 

Please ship flags to:

     Sister Cities International

     915 15th Street NW, 4th Floor

     Washington, DC 20005

Flags should be 3 ft. x 5 ft. (92 cm x 152 cm) with sheath diameter greater than 2 1/4 inches (57 mm) and no larger than 3 inches (76 mm). Sister Cities International will provide standard size flag poles.

Please notify when your flag is en route. 

International conference attendees are invited to provide a city flag as well, however it is emphasized that this is a parade of community/city flags and NOT a parade of country flags/national colors. Country flags/national colors will NOT be accepted as a substitute for a community or city flag.

All flags must be received by Friday, June 30, 2017. If we have not received your flag by this date, we cannot guarantee the flag will be in this year’s parade. 


Click here to see the top 10 moments from the 60th Anniversary Celebration, click here to see a recap of the 2016 Youth Leadership Summit, and click here to view official photos from the Celebration. 


Email  or call 202-347-8630

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