SICB Annual Meeting
January 4-8, 2005
Town & Country Hotel San Diego, CA



Hotel and Travel

Fiesta Fun in Tijuana Tour
Saturday, January 8, 1-7 pm
$37 pre registration/$45 onsite
Spend the afternoon shopping through an international array of colorful arcades and bazaars, bartering with local merchants and finding great values on everything from sombreros and serapes to leather goods and Waterford Crystal. The afternoon includes transportation by motorcoach, shopping map of Tijuana and a guide to make sure you enjoy your visit. Register early to save your place on this popular tour.

Whale Watching Cruise
Saturday, January 8, 12:45-5pm
Experience a spectacular adventure on a winter whale watching cruise while in San Diego. Tens of thousands of California Gray whales make an annual migration from the Bering Sea to the warm water lagoons of Baja California each winter to mate and bear their young. Their route takes them down the West Coast and within just a few miles of San Diego. This 3 Hour Whale Watching Cruise will depart from the hotel at 12:45 PM on Saturday, January 8, in search of whales in the coastal waters off Point Loma. All cruises include an interpretive narration by trained and knowledgeable staff. Whale sightings are guaranteed on all trips.

Fares are $28 for Adults (18 to 60), $24 for seniors and juniors (60+ and 13-17) and $22 for children 2-12. Onsite costs are $33 adults; $29 seniors and junior; $27 children

Hotel Reservations
The SICB Annual Meeting will be held at the Town & Coun- try Resort & Conference Center in San Diego (http:// www.towncountry.com), 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108, Phone: (619) 291-7131; Fax: (619) 291-3584. Reservations may be made by completing the hotel reservation form (click here to download as PDF) and faxing it to (619) 294-4681, calling the hotel at (800) 772-8527, or using the Town & Country website (http://www.towncountry.com, clicking on group reservations and using attendee code 14040) to make online reservations. SICB has arranged special rates of Single/ Double $109, Triple $129, Quad $149 for the Annual Meeting attendees at the hotel. The special rates are available three days prior and after the meeting dates of January 4-8, 2005, subject to availability. All reservations must be made by Tuesday, December 14, 2004.
If you drive to the SICB Annual Meeting, you may park at the Town & Country Resort. Daily rate for parking (subject to change) is $10 per 24 hours for hotel guests with in and out privileges. Local attendee parking fee is $2 per hour not to exceed $12 per day.

Air Travel
America West Airlines is offering discounted fares of 5% off most fares (and a 5% bonus discount for tickets purchased 60 days or more prior to travel) for air travel to and from the event. To qualify, call America West Airlines Group and Meetings Reservations at 800-548-7575 and reference AP6233. Call between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday, Central Time. Or go to americawest.com and enter the CAMS Code AP6233 into the eCertificate window on the Air Reservation Page. If the ticket is being purchased 60 or more days in advance, enter AP6233T in the eCertificate window to earn your bonus discount. Dates of availability are December 31, 2004-January 10, 2005, blackout dates are January 2 & 3.
US Airways is offering discounted fares of 5% off most fares (and 10% bonus discount for tickets purchased 60 days or more prior to travel) for air travel to and from the event. To qualify, call US Airways' Group and Meetings Reservations at 877-874- 7687and reference Gold File Number 82683202. Dates of availability are January 1-January 11, 2005.

Ground Transportation/Airport Shuttle Service
Taxis: Taxi fare is currently approximately $20 each way to and from the airport for one or two people sharing a cab. This price is subject to change. Plan on about 30 minutes to get to the hotel.

Airport Shuttle: Xpress Shuttle is the ground transportation provider for the San Diego Airport to the Town & Country Hotel. The shuttle currently costs $9 per person one way from the airport to the Town & Country Hotel and runs every 15-20 minutes during airport hours.

Car Rental
Special discounted rates have been arranged with Avis in San Diego available from December 28, 2004- January 15, 2005.

CarPer dayPer week
Subcompact$40.99$151.99
Compact$46.99$167.99
Intermediate$49.99$194.99
Full Size 4 Dr$55.99$218.99
Premium$60.99$230.99
Minivan$66.99$319.99
Conv/SUV$66.99$319.99


To book a car, call Avis at 1-800-331-1600 and use AWD code J901076. Online car registration is available at:
http://www.avis.com/AvisWeb/html/meetings/go.html?2648
Note that all fees quoted include unlimited free miles.