Local information pages
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USA Travel Advice Regarding Visas
Information Links for Washington, D.C
We have confirmed with the L'Enfant Plaza hotel that
they are full for the nights of June 24 & 25.
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
also note - these hotels have been provided by the Washington
Convention Bureau, which means we, (GECCO/AAAI), are
not endorsing them in any way.)
A block of rooms at discounted cost has been made available
for GECCO 2005 attendees at the conference hotel:
L'Enfant Plaza Hotel
$145.00 Per Double/Double room per day, Single/Double occupancy
$165.00 Per King room per day, Single/Double occupancy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
must be made no later than May 27, 2005. To reserve a
room, please submit the attached
form to the AAAI office and mail it with your payment
GECCO-05 Student Housing
445 Burgess Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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.
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.
In order to qualify for this program, please provide proof
full-time student status along with an estimated budget
The deadline for applications is March 31, 2005.
At that time, applications will be reviewed by the GECCO-2005
Awards Coordinator and Conference Chair and decisions about
will be made in April. As a condition of acceptance, you
required to complete and submit an expense report to AAAI,
accompanied by original receipts, within one month after
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
445 Burgess Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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:
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:
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.
Tourist Information Links for Washington, D.C:
Here are a few of the many hundreds of DC Visitor Guide
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!)