Hotels, Travel & Venue
Venue and Accommodations
The conference will be held at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland (USA), conveniently located approximately nine miles from the Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). A room block has been established at the special rate of $149 single / double occupancy + tax per night. To reserve a room, contact the hotel directly by 12 February 2010 and mention the 'AGU Chapman Conference'.
Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
300 South Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
800-325-3535 (U.S. and Canada)
+1 410-962-8300 (Interntional)
New Travel Regulations for International Visitors
Effective January 20, inbound travelers to the United States from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries may be denied boarding by the airlines if they haven't complied with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) program.
ESTA, introduced in January 2009, requires all international travelers from VWP countries to register in an online database. Previously, international travelers had to fill out an I-94W form before each trip, but ESTA seeks to streamline and update the process.
Now, international travelers to the United States must go to the ESTA Web site and fill out an application before entering the country by air or sea. If approved, the authorization is good for two years and can be renewed. Travelers no longer have to fill out an I-94W form before each trip. U.S. officials say ESTA will speed up the process for travelers, enable customs officials to screen passengers in advance, and improve security.