IMPORTANT DATES

ASM Microbe 2018 Proposals: NOW OPEN


ASM Microbe 2017 Final Program 

ASM Microbe 2017 Exhibit and Poster Hall Activity Guide 

Claim CE Credit

Purchase Session Recordings


MEETING LOCATION

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130
www.mccno.com

"This meeting is ESSENTIAL for researchers, educators, and students in microbiology. This is where ideas and expertise are shared and debated, and where students can meet people who are otherwise just names on papers."
Charles Wimpee, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin

Hotel & Travel

THE ASM MICROBE 2017 HOUSING RESERVATION DEADLINE HAS NOW PASSED.

For changes to an existing reservation, or to cancel your reservation, please contact your assigned hotel directly starting on May 22, 2017. Please see your email confirmation for the hotel cancellation policy applicable to your reservation.

If you are planning to attend the conference and have not secured a hotel reservation, you may contact ARES Housing system for citywide hotel availability at non-conference rates.

ARES Travel Conference Hotels
Phone: 1-877-300-6147
International: 619-546-7263

Hours 
Monday – Friday: 6:00 a.m.– 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

**The ARES Housing System is an ASM and Experient approved third party travel planner. Rates, deposits, and cancellation policies may vary and are the responsibility of the guest. All questions on hotel policies stated or payments made on the ARES website should be directed to the ARES Reservation Center or to the hotel directly.

Hotel Map 

ASM2017 Hotel Map

Hotels and Rates

Rates are per night plus tax and applicable taxes. 

Complimentary internet access is included in ASM room block rates unless otherwise noted. 

Map # Hotel Address Rate*
1 New Orleans Marriott – HQ 555 Canal St.  $265 per night – Standard
$277 per night – City View
$289 per night – River View 
2 Astor Crowne Plaza 739 Canal St.  $209 per night 
3 Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center 300 Julia St.  $237 per night
4 Courtyard by Marriott – St. Charles (near French Quarter) 124 St. Charles Ave.  $236 per night
5 Courtyard by Marriott Downtown – Iberville 910 Iberville St.  $265 per night
6 Doubltree Hotel 300 Canal St.  $244 per night
7 Embassy Suites Hotel Convention Center 315 Julia St. 

$240 per night – Double/King Suites
$272  per night – Loft King Suites

8 Hampton Inn & Suites Convention Center 1201 Convention Center Blvd.  $214 per night – Standard
$264 per night – One Bed King Suite
9 Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center 1101 South Peters St.   $231 per night
10 Hilton New Orleans Riverside 2 Poydras St.  $275 per night – Standard
$285 per night – Confirmed View
$297 per night – Executive Level 
11 Hilton New Orleans – St. Charles Ave.  333 St. Charles St.  $229 per night
12 Hyatt Place Convention Center 881 Convention Center Blvd.  $269 per night
13 Intercontinental Hotel 444 St. Charles Ave.  $259 per night - Standard
$289 per night - Deluxe Balcony 
14 International House 221 Camp St.  $239 per night
15 JW Marriott 614 Canal St.  $271 per night
16 LeMeridien Hotel 333 Poydras St.  $275 per night
17 Loews Hotel 300 Poydras St.  $279 per night – Single
$299 per night – Double  
18 Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center 859 Convention Center Blvd.  $277 per night 
19 Omni Riverfront 701 Convention Center Blvd.  $243 per night 
20 Omni Royal Crescent Hotel 535 Gravier St.  $256 per night
21 Omni Royal Orleans Hotel 621 St. Louis St.  $271 per night
22 Renaissance Arts Hotel 700 Tchoupitoulas St. $277 per night 
23 Renaissance Pere Marquette 817 Common St.  $265 per night 
24 Residence Inn by Marriott – Downtown 345 St. Joseph St.  $248 per night
25 Ritz Carlton Hotel 921 Canal St.  $299 per night
26 Sheraton New Orleans Hotel 500 Canal St.  $265 per night – Main City View
$275 per night – Main River View
$315 per night - Club Level 
27

Springhill Suites by Marriott Convention Center

301 St. Joseph St.  $248 per night  
28 Staybridge French Quarter Downtown 501 Tchoupitoulas St.  $199 per night
29 Westin Canal Place 100 Rue Iberville $289 per night – Traditional King or Double
$299 per night – Deluxe King or Double
30 Windsor Court Hotel 300 Gravier St.  $249 per night – Standard
$294 per night – Suite
31 Wyndham French Quarter 124 Royal St.  $169 per night
  Auberge NOLA* 1628 Robert C. Blake Sr. Dr.  Reservations based on availability
  IHSP French Quarter House* 914 N. Rampart St.  Reservations based on availability 

*ASM does not have an official block of rooms, nor negotiated rates at these properties, and has provided them for the convenience of our attendees who may be interested in hostel housing. Attendees should book these properties directly. 

ASM Microbe 2017 Sessions, Posters, Exhibits, and Events Venue

Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center

Shuttle Information* 

Complimentary shuttle service is provided between the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and select official ASM Microbe 2017 hotels. If you have questions about the shuttle or if you need to make a reservation for a wheelchair-accessible shuttle please call KUSHNER & ASSOCIATES at (310) 869-6212 ext. 210.

Limited shuttle service will be provided between the official hotels in the ASM Microbe 2017 block that are not within walking distance to the convention center. Shuttle service will begin on Thursday, June 1, and continue through Monday, June 5.

View the shuttle schedule

*Preliminary Information Only – Subject to Change at Any Time Without Notice

International Travel 

ASM Microbe welcomes scientists from every part of the world. Attendees are not required to present a poster to attend the conference. Please allow ample time for visa procesing, as the application process can take several months in some countries. 

Letter of Invitation

Temporary International Visitor Requirements

For information on applying for a Visa, travel without a Visa, and the Visa waiver program, visit the Visa Applications page. 

For more information on the application process or to determine if you need a Visa, visit the National Academies website. Nonimmigrant Visas are for the international travelers, (citizens of other countries), coming to the U.S. temporarily for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment and certain types of temporary work. While in the U.S., temporary visitors are restricted to the activity or reason for which their nonimmigrant visa was issued, with few exceptions. Please allow ample time for visa processing, as the application process can take several months in some countries. Should you need a Letter of Invitation for your Visa application, you may download a welcome letter, not currently available, from the National Academies website.

To obtain a visa and enter the United States, you must begin by completing an application form, DS-156. Contact the U.S. Embassy in your country to make an appointment. Take your application, passport, a photograph, and supporting documents to the embassy or consulate, where you will be interviewed about the purpose of your visit. The Consular Officer at your embassy or consulate will decide what kind of visa you need, when you apply. You must also pay an application fee. The visa allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry where an official will again look at your travel documents before granting you permission to enter the country. 

The leadership of the National Academies is working with the U.S. Government to develop better Visa application and processing. If anyone in your group is experiencing difficulties obtaining a visa, please report the case to the National Academies by completing an online questionnaire.

Traveling to the United States

The United States welcomes international visitors. All international visitors (foreign nationals) entering the U.S. are generally required to present a passport and valid visa issued by a U.S. Consular Official.

Passports

A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid passport issued by the visitor's home government is required to enter and leave the United States. Passports should be obtained in the visitor's home country. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue or verify United States passports.

Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers, (citizens of other countries), coming to the U.S. temporarily. This visa allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (airport, for example) and request permission of the Department of Homeland Security immigration inspector to enter the U.S. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States.

International travelers come to the U.S. for a wide variety of reasons, including tourism, business, medical treatment and certain types of temporary work. The type of visa needed is defined by immigration law, and relates to the principal purpose of your travel. While in the U.S., temporary visitors are restricted to the activity or reason for which their nonimmigrant visa was issued, with few exceptions. The Consular Officer at your embassy or consulate will decide what kind of visa you need, when you apply.

ALL persons traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport or Air NEXUS card.

Citizens of Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda

Currently, Canadian citizens need proof of both their identity and citizenship in order to apply for entry into the U.S. Citizens of Canada traveling to the U.S. do not require a nonimmigrant visa, except under unique circumstances. Citizens and permanent residents of Mexico generally must have a passport and a nonimmigrant visa or Border Crossing Card (also known as a "Laser Visa"). A visa and passport are not required of a Mexican national who is in possession of a Form DSP-150, B-1/B-2 Visa and Border Crossing Card, containing a machine-readable biometric identifier, issued by the Department of State and is applying for admission as a temporary visitor for business or pleasure from contiguous territory. If the traveler is not coming from the Western Hemisphere, a passport is required.

Citizens of the British Overseas Territories of Bermuda do not require a visa unless they have a criminal ineligibility, or have previously violated the terms of their immigration status in the United States. Currently, citizens of Bermuda need proof of both their identity and citizenship in order to apply for entry into the U.S.

Citizens of these countries and territories are advised to visit the following website to verify their travel documentation needs. 

Arriving in the U.S.

On the airplane, you will be asked to complete a short arrival/departure form. You will need your visa and/or passport handy. You will need to present your visa and/or passport at the port of entry in the United States. Most often that port of entry will be the airport where you land.

When you deplane, follow signs for non-citizen entry. At that location, a Department of Homeland Security official will interview you and verify all of your paperwork. Under the US-VISIT Program of the Department of Homeland Security, most people arriving in the U.S. will submit to a finger scan of the two index fingers and a photograph. Once admitted, you will receive an immigration stamp and proceed to baggage claim and customs. For information about arriving in the U.S., including arriving by land or sea, see US-VISIT.

Upon arrival in the U.S., certain foreign citizens are required to register under Special Registration, which is the National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program. Registration under NSEERS is a distinct process from US-VISIT.

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