2012 Annual Meeting
Hotel & Travel Info
The Town and Country, a beautiful garden-filled resort, includes five restaurants, two swimming pools and a day spa. It is next door to a championship golf course and a large fashion mall. And you are just minutes from downtown, the harbor, Old Town, and other attractions via trolley.
Reasons to stay at the Town and Country
When you stay at the conference hotel, you not only stay at the most convenient location for the meeting, you help the Seismological Society. The hotel gives us a significant discount on our meeting rooms and food if we book a certain number of guest rooms. We base the price of meeting registration on making that number. If we don’t, SSA loses money on the meeting and our ability to serve our members is reduced. This year we have negotiated an affordable room rate and complimentary in-room internet. We have blocked rooms in the nicest part of the hotel. Of course, you can stay at other hotels nearby, but you will have to pay for parking at the Town and Country (around $20/day), your room will not be as convenient, and you won’t have the satisfaction of knowing that your room reservation is helping make the SSA Annual Meeting a financial success. Click here to reserve your room now - OR - call 1-800-772-8527.
View the meeting hotel location in Google maps.
The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau's website has a wealth of useful information for travelers.
Government Employees may be Tax Exempt
In the city of San Diego, Federal government employees on official travel orders may be tax exempt for their hotel occupancy tax. The Town and Country has tax exempt forms at the Front Desk where the guests will check in. At that time guests will be asked to show travel orders or Federal government I.D. in order to be tax exempt. At the end of the stay, occupancy tax will be removed for those that qualify. Be sure to bring the proper documentation and save on your travel expenses.
San Diego Travelogue
(A 3-day exploration of the 2012 Annual Meeting Site)
If you are coming to the meeting from outside the United States, SSA recommends that you start the process of applying for a visa at least 3 months prior to the meeting. Security-related policies have greatly increased the processing time for visa applications.
Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Please note that the State Department has required citizens from VWP countries to obtain visas if they do not have machine-readable passports and they wish to visit the U.S. One-time exemptions are no longer available to VWP nationals who do not possess a machine-readable passport or a non-immigrant visa.
Letters of invitation can be requested by sending your name, address, SSA membership id number, and how you plan to participate in the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org.If you want specific information included in your letter, please let us know. Letters are required for most visa processes.
The National Academies maintains a website about visa-related issues and travel information for U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens.