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2019 Annual Meeting: Local Information
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Most program events will take place at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor at 300 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.


Local Guide

The Local Planning Committee has prepared this insiders' guide for visitors to Baltimore.


Guest Room Reservations

The Hyatt Regency is offering a block of guest rooms at a conference rate, October 15-20; the nightly rate for single or double occupancy is $199 US plus tax. There is also a limited block of rooms for students for the same nights at the rate of $154 US plus tax.

September 16 was the cut-off  to get the conference rate.

If you need additional assistance, please contact the Hyatt at 877-803-7534 or click here to find contact information by region.

AFS strongly encourages you to use this reservation link to book in the conference block, or if necessary, to contact the Hyatt directly.

If you use other hotel booking agencies, you may be subject to limitations or fees for cancelling or changing your reservation, and neither Hyatt nor AFS staff will be able to help with any difficulties with the reservation. In addition, your stay in the conference block helps reduce meeting costs, since the meeting room rental fees are waived when the guest room block is mostly filled.


Other Events

Baltimore Comic-Con overlaps with the AFS Annual Meeting; it will take place in the same area October 18-20, 2019, offering more diversions and more pressure on area hotels. Reserve your accommodations early! If you can extend your stay, Comic-Con will offer a 50% discount for Sunday admission for AFS meeting attendees who present their conference name tag at the door. Details to come.

The Baltimore Running Festival (marathon/half-marathon/5K) will run through the Inner Harbor waterfront area, Federal Hill and Fells Point on Saturday, October 18. Plan for delays or alternative routes if you will be driving or walking in the area on Saturday.


Getting There and Getting Around

VisitBaltimore is a good, general resource for visitors, including guides to dining and attractions and information about transportation options.

The Hyatt Regency provides information specific to getting to the hotel, including parking, airport transportation, and mass transit.

The Charm City Circulator provides free public transportation around downtown Baltimore. Download the route map.


SuperShuttle Discount for Airport Transportation

SuperShuttle is offering a 10% discount to attendees of the 2019 AFS Annual Meeting on one-way and round-trip tickets for shared shuttle rides between the conference hotel and the Washington, DC and the Baltimore airports the conference hotel, the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor. 

To receive a discount and book your shuttle, enter the code into the "Discount Code" field on the first page of the website when making your reservations at: http://www.supershuttle.com, or click here

Discount Code: N63HT

The code will be valid for shuttles October 12–23, 2019; reservations may be made now or later. The discount does not apply to exclusive/non-stop vans.

For special reservation questions call 1-800 BLUE VAN (800-258-3826), available 24/7. Please note that if you call in your reservation instead of booking and paying online with your discount code, then your discount is not valid and a $3 call center fee applies.

SuperShuttle representatives are available from 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM daily. After hours or if you need assistance locating a representative, or have questions, call 727-299-2293 for assistance.

Arrival Procedures:

From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): After collecting your luggage, check in on your phone using SuperShuttle's Mobile Self Check in app or:

  • In Terminal A, report to the uniformed SuperShuttle Representative at door #1, who will assist you with boarding your vehicle.
  • In Terminal B or C, at the baggage claim level, take the elevator between door #6 and #7 up to the Ticketing/Check-in Level. Exit at door #3 or #4 and report to the uniformed SuperShuttle Representative at the boarding zone between door #3 and #4.

From Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD): For international arrivals – After collecting your luggage and clearing customs, exit Door #2 and proceed to the SuperShuttle boarding area located on the middle Curb 2B.

From Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI): After collecting your luggage, complete check-in through the SuperShuttle App or with a SuperShuttle uniformed representative at a ticket counter. Report to the closest SuperShuttle ticket counter located on the Bag Claim level near either exit Door #3 (for Concourse A or B) or Door #9 (for Concourse C, D and E), where SuperShuttle Guest Service Representatives will assist you with boarding from 8am-midnight. For assistance after-hours, contact SuperShuttle's 24-Hour Dispatch office at 410-859-1170.

Departure Procedure:

The pickup location will be outside of the hotel front lobby. Let the bellman know of your SuperShuttle transportation arrangements.

Baltimore News Clippings

David Amsden, "How Baltimoe Quietly Became the Coolest City on the East Coast," Travel and Leisure (July 26,2017). <https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/baltimore-sagamore-pendry-rebirth>

Rafael Alvarez, Ron Cassie, Lauren Cohen, Bruce Goldfarb, Ronald Hube, Ken Iglehart, 
Jane Marion, Jess Mayhugh, Amy Mulvihill, Gabriella Souza, Max Weiss, and Lydia Woolever, "How Baltimore Created Invented the Modern World," Baltimore Magazine.<"https://www.baltimoremagazine.com/2017/1/23/how-baltimore-invented-the-modern-world
>

Siddhartha Mitter, "Gentrify or Die: Inside a university's controversial plan for Baltimore," The Guardian (April 18, 2018). <https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/apr/18/gentrify-or-die-inside-a-universitys-controversial-plan-for-baltimore>

"Welcome to Baltimore, Hon," SUM: Research, Innovation and Creativity at CUNY. <https://sum.cuny.edu/welcome-to-baltimore-hon/:>
***features David J. Puglia's book Tradition, Urban Identity, and the Baltimore ‘Hon’


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