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Air Travel

SICB's travel coordinator, Flying Colors, has negotiated special discounts for travel to Atlanta between December 30 and January 13, 2000. For every 35 airfares booked through the official meeting airlines, SICB receives a complimentary airline ticket, which are used by the officers for conducting SICB business. Help SICB defray expenses by purchasing your ticket through Flying Colors ... and still earn frequent flyer miles!

Flying Colors will proactively research airfares on ALL airline carriers to ensure they offer the lowest available fares. They are dedicated to offering the best customer service to all attendees.

American Airlines is offering:

A five percent discount below the lowest published airfare. Early Bird Special: A 10 percent discount below the lowest airfare will apply to tickets purchased no later than 60 days in advance of the travel date. If you cannot meet the restrictions of those discounted airfares, you can still take advantage of a 15 percent discount off American's round-trip, full coach fares. A seven-day advance purchase and two-night minimum stay is required. If you prefer, you can contact any agency or the American Airlines Meeting Reservation Desk directly at 800/433-1790. You must reference # 23D9UI to receive American's discounts.

Delta Air Lines is offering:

A five percent discount below the lowest published airfare. Early Bird Special: A 10 percent discount below the lowest airfare will apply to tickets purchased no later than 60 days in advance of the travel date. If you cannot meet the restrictions of those discounted airfares, you can still take advantage of a 10 percent discount (or 15 percent Early Bird Special as noted above) off Delta's round-trip, full coach fares or the new published Zone fares. A seven-day advance purchase and two-night minimum stay is required.

If you prefer, you can contact any agency or the Delta Meeting Network Reservation Desk directly at 800/241-6760. You must reference #131154A in order to receive Delta's discount.

Call FLYING COLORS at 800/477-4402 within the U.S. and Canada, or 312/494-3010 within Illinois. Reservation lines are open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. CST. Or contact us via e-mail at flying_colors@sba.com. Space may be limited. Fees, restrictions and cancellation penalties will apply.


Ground Transportation

Hartsfield International Airport serves the Atlanta area. The airport is approximately 20 minutes from the Atlanta Hilton and Towers.

Car Rental

Special discounted rates have been arranged with Avis Rent-a-Car, Inc. Ask your Flying Colors representative to reserve an Avis car when you make your airline reservation or call Avis directly at 800/331-1600 and reference # D002133. Outside the United States call 310/646-5600 and ask for reservations.

Airport Shuttle Service

Atlanta Airport Shuttle provides round-trip transportation to and from Hartsfield International Airport. The one way fare is $10.

Taxi Service

Cab fare is approximately $20 one way from Hartsfield International Airport to the Atlanta Hilton and Towers. Taxis are available outside the baggage claim.

Public Transportation

Atlanta's MARTA train system can get you from the airport to within two blocks of the Atlanta Hilton for $1.50. Our intrepid president has blazed the path and provided the following directions and map.


Hotel Reservations

The SICB Annual Meeting will be held at the Atlanta Hilton and Towers at Courtland and Harris Streets, Atlanta, Georgia.

The Hilton no longer has rooms available to SICB members, but alternate lodgings are available at the Sheraton Atlanta, located one block from our meeting hotel. Room rates are as follows, plus 14 percent tax per night (tax subject to change):

$140   Single or double
$160   Triple
$180   Quad


You can make your reservations at the Sheraton Atlanta either by calling 1/800-833-8624 or you can using the SICB Hotel Reservation Form and faxing it to 404/523-3301.

Please notify directly either the Sheraton Atlanta or Atlanta Hilton and Towers (as appropriate) with any changes and/or cancellations. Reservation must be canceled 72 hours in advance or your deposit will be forfeited.

An alternative hotel
The Atlanta Downtown Travelodge is a block past the Hilton on Courtland Street. It is not a large hotel like the Hilton and Sheraton, but its prices may not be as high. Singles are approximately $86 and doubles approximately $100.

Contact information:
E-mail: sleepybear@mindspring.com
Toll-free reservations: 800-578-7878
Hotel phone: 404-659-4545
Fax: 404-659-5934
Address: 311 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta GA 303033-1212
There is also a Courtyard by Marriott and a Fairfield Inn on the block "behind" the Sheraton; rates and availability are unknown.

Need a roommate for the meeting?
Please email Susan Heckman at susan_heckman@sba.com with the days you'll be in Atlanta and whether you're male or female. No guarantees, but we'll do our best.


More Atlanta information...

  • Atlanta Local Committee Information -- The SICB Atlanta Meeting Host Committee put together this site, which includes local information hand-selected and tailored to the needs of SICB members and without "commercial interruption." The site also includes announcements concerning two latebreaking opportunities for registered meeting participants. These are 1) a confocal microscopy information session and workshop and 2) the presence of the Georgia State University BioBus.
  • Access Atlanta -- maps, things to do, weather, and more. Follow the "travel" link to a useful Atlanta visitor's guide.
  • Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau -- this site will give your browser a workout, but has some useful information, including arts events, hotels sorted by area (with prices), and a restaurant database that can be searched by "cuisine" and "area" (follow the "yum!" link).
  • Atlanta Guidebook -- if you don't find what you want at the above sites, you might try this one. Includes lists of hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and more.

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