Participants should make their own arrangements directly with a hotel
of their choice as early as possible. Special rates have been negotiated
with the hotels listed below. Rates quoted do not include sales tax of
13%. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of
the accommodations. When making a reservation, participants should state
that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Meeting
at Florida International University group. Cancellation and early
checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation.
N.B. All of these hotels are about eight miles from campus (however,
the Wellesley is in a different direction).
The Best Western ChateauBleau Hotel and the Holiday Inn Coral Gables
offer complimentary shuttle service from/to the airport. However, it is
strongly recommended that participants rent a car for personal convenience.
For those unable to do so, the university will run a limited shuttle service
to the campus on Saturday and Sunday mornings and a return trip in the
early evenings. The Best Western and Holiday Inn hotels are serviced by
city bus #24 every 30 minutes on weekends. See http://www.co.miami-dade.fl.us/transit/routes/route.asp?route=24
for a route map and weekend schedule. The fare is US$1.50 standard, and
US$.75 reduced (students, people with disabilities).
Participants are encouraged to book a hotel room early! The same
weekend as our meeting is the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition
held in an area adjacent to the FIU campus. This event attracts visitors
from all over Florida and hotel rooms may sell out.
Best Western ChateauBleau Hotel, 1111 Ponce De Leon Boulevard,
Coral Gables, FL 33134; phone: 305-448-2634 or toll free: 888-642-6442,
fax: 305-448-2017; US$89/single or double, US$5/extra person; free high
speed internet; free parking; in room mini-refrigerator and coffee maker,
outdoor pool; restaurant and lounge in hotel; many restaurants within
walking distance; about eight miles east of the FIU campus. Deadline
for reservations is March 1, 2006. Be sure to check cancellation and
early checkout policies.
Holiday Inn Coral Gables, 2051 Le Jeune Rd., Coral Gables, FL
33134; phone: 305-443-2301, fax: 305-446-6827; US$99/single/double/triple/quad;
in room coffee maker; parking is US$5.95/day; outdoor pool; restaurant
and lounge in hotel; many restaurants/shops (Merrick Park Shopping Mall)
within walking distance; about eight miles east of the FIU campus. Deadline
for reservations is February 28, 2006. Be sure to check cancellation
and early checkout policies.
Wellesley Inn & Suites, 11750 Mills Drive, Miami, FL; phone:
305-270-0359, fax: 305-270-1334; US$89.99/single or double; in room mini-refrigerator,
microwave, and coffee maker (most rooms); complimentary hot/cold breakfast
buffet; free parking; pool; several restaurants within walking distance;
about eight miles south of the FIU campus. Deadline for reservations
is March 15, 2006. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout
Other reasonably priced hotels in the area are Amerisuites, 11520 SW
88th St., Kendall, 305-279-8688, US$119/single or double, about eight
miles from campus; and the Ramada Inn, 7600 N. Kendall Dr., 305-595-6000,
US$109/single or double, eleven miles southwest of campus.
There are a few restaurants within walking distance of campus. The university
plans to keep its excellent campus dining facilities in the GC building
open for participants.
The university's website is http://www.fiu.edu/choice.html;
the department of mathematics is at http://w3.fiu.edu/math/.
A general website about Miami is at http://www.hellomiami.com/.
The area around the Best Western and Holiday Inn hotels called Coral
Gables thrives with restaurants, shops, and cafes, both on the Miracle
Mile and Giralda Avenue within walking distance of the hotels. See http://coralgablesfl.areaguides.net/
for details. The neighborhood where the Wellesley Inn is located is called
Kendall. There is a mall adjacent to the hotel with some restaurants.
An excellent restaurant within walking distance is Bahama Breeze, at the
intersection of Kendall Drive and 122 Ave. See http://kendallfl.areaguides.net
for more information on the area.
Book Sales: Examine the newest titles from the AMS! Many of the
AMS books will be available at a special 50% discount available only at
the meeting. Complimentary coffee will be served courtesy of AMS Membership
AMS Editorial Activity: An acquisitions editor from the AMS book
program will be present to speak with prospective authors. If you have
a book project that you would like to discuss with the AMS, please stop
by the book exhibit.
The FIU parking authority advises participants to park on the north side
of the campus to avoid the congested area of the Miami Dade Youth Fair.
It will be possible to park for free in the Red Garage or in Parking Lot
#1, both easily accessible from SW 8th Street, (also called Tamiami Trail).
The visitors' parking that was originally recommended will be available:.Parking
will be available for free in Lot 8, between the Recreation Center (RC)
and the Healthcare and Wellness Center (HWC) accessible from 117th Avenue.
The unmarked street which goes by the W3 building is 17th St. See the
map links below. However, you are strongly advised to park by SW 8th Street,
as the Miami Dade Youth Fair will attract a lot of traffic in the southwest
part of the Campus.
Directions from the turnpike exit on SW 8th Street:
Go west on SW 8th St.; Right onto SW 112 Ave.
The Red Garage and the Parking Lot #1 are your left.
There will be large electronic signs to direct participants to the Red
Garage both at the campus entrance on SW 107th Ave. and at the entrance
on SW 112th Ave.
It is also recommended that participants put a simple sign on the dashboard
of their car which says "AMS meeting".
and Meeting Information
The meeting is on the campus of Florida International University, University
Park Campus. Sessions and Invited Addresses will take place in the Graham
Center (GC) and Primera Casa (PC) buildings. See http://www.fiu.edu/ docs/campus_maps-up.htm.
The registration desk will be in the Graham Center and will be open Saturday,
April 1, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 2, 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Fees are US$40 for AMS or CMS members, US$60 for nonmembers; and US$5
for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are
payable on site by cash, check, or credit card.
and Campus Map
Miami International Airport (MIA) is one of the largest and busiest airports
in the world. It serves a wealth of domestic and international cities,
many of them with multiple daily nonstop flights. The airport's home page
is located at http://www.miami-airport.com.
All major airlines serve MIA.
The airport is 11 miles from Florida International University. The campus
is easily accessible from MIA via public transportation and taxi service.
A taxi to the university costs approximately US$30. The SuperShuttle Miami
offers competitive prices (US$21) from Miami International Airport to
all locations in the Miami metropolitan area. For information see http://www.supershuttle.com.
Some attendees may find competitive prices when flying to Fort Lauderdale
International Airport (FLL), although the airport is further away from
The official airline for the meeting is Delta Airlines. Take advantage
of Delta's new SimpliFares and enjoy the following benefits:
No Saturday-night stay required--more flexibility
Always affordable--realize up to 50% savings on everyday fares in
the contiguous 48 states
Lower change fees--reduced from US$100 to US$50 to change travel
Just eight fares--less guessing and easier planning
To make immediate reservations call Delta Air Lines at 800-221-1212.
Be sure to reference US738367060 or visit http://www.delta.com
and enter SkyBonus account number US738367060 in your passenger
information screen to be recognized as a participant. Your benefits include:
No service fees
1,000 sky miles for Delta members
Skip the airport lines; check in online
Avis is the official car rental company for the sectional meeting
in Miami, Florida. All rates include unlimited free mileage. Weekend daily
rates are available from noon Thursday to Monday at 11:59 p.m. Rates for
this meeting are effective March 25, 2006 to April 9, 2006, and begin
at US$27.99/day (weekend rate). Should a lower qualifying rate become
available at the time of booking, Avis is pleased to offer a 5% discount
off the lower qualifying rate or the meeting rate, whichever is lowest.
Rates do not include any state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverages
or gas refueling charges. Renters must meet Avis' age, driver, and credit
requirements. Reservations can be made by calling 800-331-1600 or online
Meeting Avis Discount Number B159266.
Getting to the University by Car: A good campus map is at http://www.fiu.edu/docs/campus_maps-up.htm.
From Miami International Airport: Take the I-836 WEST exit from the Airport;
follow I-836 to the Florida Turnpike; take the Florida Turnpike SOUTH
exit; follow the Florida Turnpike to the Tamiami Trail exit (SW 8th Street);
take the SW 8th Street EAST exit; follow SW 8th Street, FIU will appear
on the right before SW 107th Avenue.
From I-95, Downtown Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach: Take
I-95 to I-836 WEST; follow I-836 to the Florida Turnpike; take the Florida
Turnpike SOUTH exit and follow as described above.
From western Palm Beach/Broward County or the Florida Turnpike north:
Take the Florida Turnpike SOUTH and follow as described above.
Information for International Participants: Visa regulations are
continually changing for travel to the United States. Visa applications
may take from three to four months to process and require a personal interview,
well as specific personal information. International participants should
view the important information
about traveling to the U.S. found at http://www7.nationalacademies.org/visas/Traveling_to_US.html
If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa,
please send your request to email@example.com.
If you discover you do need a visa, the National Academies website (see
above) provides these tips for successful visa applications:
* Visa applicants are expected to provide evidence that they are intending
to return to their country of residence. Therefore, applicants should
provide proof of "binding" or sufficient ties to their home country or
residence abroad. This may include documentation of the following:
family ties in home country or country of legal permanent residence
employment contract or statement from employer stating that the
position will continue when the employee returns;
* Visa applications are more likely to be successful if done in a visitor's
home country than in a third country;
* Applicants should present their entire trip itinerary, including travel
to any countries other than the United States, at the time of their visa
* Include a letter of invitation from the meeting organizer or the U.S.
host, specifying the subject, location, and dates of the activity, and
how travel and local expenses will be covered;
* If travel plans will depend on early approval of the visa application,
specify this at the time of the application;
* Provide proof of professional scientific and/or educational status
(students should provide a university transcript).
This list is not to be considered complete. Please visit the websites
above for the most up-to-date information.
Weather conditions in Miami during early April are mild and dry which
is why it is so very popular with visitors. Temperatures range from 70°F