2000 SIAM Annual Meeting

Transportation Information


By Air | Ground Transportation | Rental Cars | Driving Directions | Bus Transportation

By Air

If you choose to order your plane tickets through one of several sites on the Internet you may get the best airfare.

US AirwaysHowever, if you are not comfortable using that route, SIAM has selected US Airways® as the official carrier for all of SIAM's Y2K conferences. For more information, see the US Airways Web site at www.usairways.com/. For travel to Puerto Rico, US Airways offers a special 12% discount for unrestricted coach fares with seven days advanced reservations and ticketing required, and a 7% discount off First or Envoy Class. Plan ahead and receive a 15% discount by ticketing 60 days or more prior to departure. AirplaneThese discounts are valid provided all rules and restrictions are met and are applicable for travel from all points on US Airways' route system. The above discounts are not combinable with other discounts or promotions, and are valid three days before and after the meeting dates. Restrictions may apply on international travel. To obtain these discounts, you (or your professional travel consultant) must call US Airways' Group and Meeting Reservation Office toll free at (877) 874-7687; 8:00 AM - 9:30 PM, Eastern Standard Time. You must state that you are a SIAM conference attendee and refer to Gold File Number 48141117 in order to receive these discounted fares.

You may also contact Travel Associates at 800-992-7388 to see what airfare rates they offer.

Ground Transportation

A taxi from the airport to the resort costs approximately $65.00. We recommend that you reserve space on the shuttle from the airport. Commercial shuttle service is available through the Westin Rio Mar Resort. Reservations are necessary. Use the RM Transport shuttle reservation form to make your arrival hassle free. Upon your arrival, proceed to the baggage claim area and look for uniformed staff holding the Westin Rio Mar signs. Please remember to make arrangements with the Tour and Travel Desk at the hotel for your return trip to the airport. Shuttle rates are $22.50 one way/ $45.00 round -trip per person. The charges can be billed to your room.

Rental Cars

National Car RentalSIAM has selected National Car Rental® as the official carrier for all of SIAM's Y2K conferences.

To obtain the discount, you (or your professional travel consultant) must call National Car Rental Group and Meeting Reservation Office toll free at 800-227-7368. You must state that you are a SIAM conference attendee and refer to Discount Number 6800228 in order to receive discounted fares. These rates are not combinable with other discounts or promotions.

For more information, see the National Car Rental® Web site.

Standard age, driver and credit qualifications apply. Minimum rental age at most U.S. locations is 25. National may elect not to rent to any person who does not meet National's safe driver criteria, or who has incurred one or more insurance losses with National. Unless contrary to law, any liability insurance available to the renter or authorized driver will apply to all rentals under this agreement. Rates do not include taxes, governmental or airport fees or optional charges such as refueling service charges, Loss Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Insurance/Personal Effects Coverage, Supplemental Liability Insurance, or any other optional items or services.

Driving Directions

Car The drive is easy but may we suggest that you get instructions and a map from the rental car company. From the airport: follow 26E "Carolina" to Route 3 Carolina, bear left following road down to Route 3 Stay on Route 3 for about 20 minutes. Turn left onto 968, immediately after the "El Yunke" sign. Follow the road until you see the Westin Rio Mar Beach sign. Drive to the hotel main entrance. On your immediate right, you will pass the new Greg Norman golf course called the River Course. As you bear left at the bottom of the hill, you will see the Club House and the Ocean Course on your left. Continue down pass the Ocean Course and bear right at the intersection. Once you arrive a the main hotel entrance, the Doorman and Bell Staff will assist you with your luggage. There is also a car rental company desk at the hotel and you can pick up a car for a day or two sightseeing if you so desire. This is not a National desk but it may be worth getting a car at the hotel for a day or two.

Bus Transportation

SIAM has arranged complimentary buses from the hotel to Old San Juan and back on Monday and Thursday evenings. Buses will leave the hotel at 6:15 p.m and run continuously till 9:30 p.m. Schedules will be posted at the Hotel main entrance.
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