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Important USA Travel Advice Regarding Visas
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About the Hotel
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A block of rooms at discounted cost has been made available for GECCO 2005 attendees at the conference hotel:
Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel
480 L'enfant Plaza Sw
Washington, D.C. 20024, USA
+01 202.484.1000
http://www.lenfantplazahotel.com


Rates:
$145.00 Per Double/Double room per day, Single/Double occupancy
$165.00 Per King room per day, Single/Double occupancy


NOTE: the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel is no longer under "Loews", but is now under "Crestline Hotels & Resorts", a company managed by Barcelo-Crestline, Inc.

Reservations must be made on or before Tuesday, May 24, 2005, in order to receive the discounted rate.

Reservations may be made immediately. Any reservations received after the cut-off date will be handled on a space and rate available basis.

Reservations are to be made by the individual by contacting Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel reservations department. Participants MUST identify themselves with the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference in order to receive the special group rate. They may make reservations by phone at (800) 635-5065 OR (202) 484-1000 x 5000.


The hotel does not permit reservations by fax or email. While they have an online reservation form, it does not accommodate use of the GECCO discount so do NOT use it if you want the room discount.

PLEASE NOTE:
There may be rooms available for some nights, contact L'Enfant Plaza Hotel directly for details."

There are a few nearby hotels for L'Enfant Plaza:

* Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center - 202.638.4600
* Holiday Inn Capitol - 202.479.4000
* Hotel Washington - 202.638.5900
* JW Marriott - 202.393.2000
* Mandarin Oriental Washington - 202.554.8588 (This is the closest hotel
to L'Enfant Plaza)
* The Mayflower - 202.347.3000

The DC metro is very, very good. Just about any hotel in DC (except in Alexandria or Georgetown) is very likely to be a short walk to the metro, and the GECCO hotel is right at a metro stop. Metro is safe, cheap, and easy to use.

(Please also note - these hotels have been provided by the Washington Convention Bureau, which means we, (GECCO/AAAI), are not endorsing them in any way.)


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Student Housing:

GECCO-05 would like to announce the availability of a limited number of rooms at the Lafayette Hall of George Washington University for the nights of June 24 - June 30, 2005, inclusive. Only individuals registered for the GECCO-2005 conference are eligible to reserve these rooms. The rates for these rooms are $45 per night (tax inclusive) for a double/triple occupancy. Please be aware that housing at George Washington is only available during the dates specified above. GW is unable to accommodate late or early arrivals.

The Lafayette Hall is located between 22nd and 23rd St, only a short walk from Pennsylvania Ave. It is approximately 2 miles from the GECCO-05 conference headquarters at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel. Rooms at GW will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis until the room block is filled. Space is extremely limited.

Each room includes twin beds, a desk, dresser, and closet. Washrooms are centrally located on each floor; linen and towel services are provided. Check-in will take place between 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Friday, June 24, 2005. You will also be able to check in on the days following this first day of check-in. Instructions for check-in after 8:00 pm will be sent to all students who reserve a room at GW. Check-out must be completed before 11:00 am on Friday, July 1, 2005.

No refunds for early departure will be granted. A $25.00 lost room key/access card will be assessed for any keys/cards not turned in upon departure. Full directions and check-in and check-out information will be sent with reservation confirmations. Individuals staying in GW dorms must abide by all University rules and regulations, and shall be responsible for all damages or injury to, or loss of, any property provided during their stay, resulting from their negligence and/or intentional acts.

Reservations must be made no later than May 27, 2005. To reserve a room, please submit the attached housing registration form to the AAAI office and mail it with your payment to:

GECCO-05 Student Housing
c/o AAAI
445 Burgess Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Payment may be made by check, payable to AAAI and drawn on a US bank or by MasterCard, Visa, or American Express. Reservations accompanied by full credit card information may be faxed to 650-321-4457.

Refunds will be granted if requested in writing to AAAI at the above address or by May 27, 2005. No refunds will be made after this date.

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Student Travel Grants

In order to qualify for this program, please provide proof of full-time student status along with an estimated budget of expenses.
The deadline for applications is March 31, 2005.

At that time, applications will be reviewed by the GECCO-2005 Travel Awards Coordinator and Conference Chair and decisions about awards will be made in April. As a condition of acceptance, you will be required to complete and submit an expense report to AAAI, accompanied by original receipts, within one month after the conference.

Please submit the attached student travel grant application to the AAAI office no later than Thursday, March 31, 2005. The form may be faxed to (650) 321-4457, or mailed to:

GECCO-05 Student Grants
c/o AAAI
445 Burgess Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Important USA Travel Advice Regarding Visas:

If you are planning to attend GECCO and are arriving from outside of the United States please plan for USA visa requirements. This website has information about visa requirements:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html
 

Speakers and other attendees! We advise you not to procrastinate about finding out what procedures you will have to complete. In some cases, depending on what country you are coming from, there is little to do. In other cases, the process may be quite thorough and it might take more than a month simply to get an appointment to ask for a visa. For example, the following web site tells you how long you will have to wait to get an appointment to ask for a visa:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/tempvisitors_wait.php

Please do not hesitate to ask at for an invitation letter in order to make your case to obtain a visa. These letters apparently are helpful when you are being interrogated by a consul.

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Tourist Information Links for Washington, D.C:

Here are a few of the many hundreds of DC Visitor Guide sites:

http://www.washington.org


http://www.vrc.dc.gov/vrc/site/default.asp?portal_link=1

http://www.gomywashingtondc.com/

http://sc94.ameslab.gov/TOUR/tour.html (This is a map with clickable information about tourist sites. It lists hotels with 1997 rates so don't be misled!)

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