NSREC encourages Pre-Registration and offers a lower registration rate (“Early Registration”) if the payment is received by no later than Friday, June 16. After that date, the “Late Registration” rates will apply.
There are three acceptable forms of payment for registration and activity fees:
Check made payable to “IEEE NSREC” in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank
Cash (only on-site), or
MasterCard, VISA, or American Express credit card
Registrations can be submitted online at the NSREC website (see button on left). E-mailed or faxed registrations will be accepted with a credit card payment or you can mail the conference registration form along with your payment to ETCic. If your registration form and payment do not arrive at ETCic by July 10, then it would be better to hand-carry the payment to the conference for on-site registration. Telephone registrations will not be accepted.
ETC Incentives & Conferences (ETCic) 2254 Emerald Drive Castle Rock, CO 80104 Telephone: 720-733-2003 Fax: 720-733-2046 firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sunday, July 16, and in conjunction with the Welcome Reception, Registration will begin in the Marriott New Orleans Hotel in the following locations:
Not yet registered, go to “On-Site Registration” in the Balcony J Room, 4th floor Already registered, go to “Pre-Registration” in the Balcony K Room, 4th floor
On-Site Registration Hours
Sunday, July 16
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday, July 17
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, July 18
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, July 19
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday, July 20
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday, July 21
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
A $50 processing fee will be withheld from all refunds. Due to advance financial commitments, refunds of registration fees requested after June 16, 2016, cannot be guaranteed. Consideration of requests for refunds will be processed after the conference. To request a refund, you must notify ETCic by fax at 720-733-2046 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Host Hotel Information
New Orleans Marriott 555 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70130 TEL: 504-581-1000
The host hotel for the 2017 NSREC is the 4-star New Orleans Marriott. Located on Canal Street, this property is in the center of the most thriving main street in New Orleans, and it sits on the western perimeter of the world-famous French Quarter.
The Marriott structure is two towers (one with 41-stories and another with 21-stories) that are connected in the middle with the public and meeting room space. Hotel amenities include one restaurant, one cocktail lounge, a 24-hour health club (complimentary to hotel guests), outdoor pool with large deck, business center, lobby ATM, parking garage, and a coffee bar (Starbucks). The 1,330 guest rooms are comfortably furnished in contemporary design. All rooms are non-smoking and feature large windows (some with dramatic views), individual climate control, flat-screen TV with cable, complimentary basic wireless in the guest rooms, work desk, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, multiple phones with voice mail, alarm clock, refrigerator and room service. Standard rooms have one king bed or two double beds.
Guest room rates for a standard room are as follows:
NEGOTIATED GROUP RATE: $149.00 single/double per night plus tax (king or 2 double beds)
GOVERNMENT PER DIEM: $128.00 single/double* per night plus tax (king or 2 double beds)
TAXES: 14% hotel room tax + 1.75% Tourism Assessment fee + $3.00 Occupancy fee per night
Triple or quad occupancy is at an additional $20.00 + tax per night. There is no additional charge for children 5 years of age and under when sharing a room with an adult and utilizing existing beds.
*To be eligible for the government rate, guests must provide current government or military ID.
Based on availability, the guest room rates will be offered 3 days before and 3 days after the conference.
The preferred method to make reservations is by using the web-links on the left.
After accessing the appropriate web-link, please enter your arrival and departure dates and then follow the prompts. Based on availability, you will be given the opportunity to choose a standard room or an upgraded room (with a view or on the Club Level) at an additional cost.
NOTE: The hotel reservation site does not provide the option to choose a room with a king bed or two double beds. If you need a specific bed type, please go to the “Personal Information” section and enter your request in the “Additional Request” block.
Reservations can also be made by calling Marriott Reservations toll-free at 1-800-228-9290 within the U.S. or Canada. Or, you can call the hotel directly at 1-504-581-1000 and ask for “in-house reservations.” To get the special rates, advise the agent of the following group name: 2017 IEEE NSREC Conference
All rooms must be guaranteed by providing a credit card or a one-night check deposit to the hotel. The cut-off for IEEE NSREC reservations is at 5:00 PM Central Daylight Time (GMT +6) on Friday, June 16, 2017. Once the room block has been filled OR after the cut-off date (whichever comes first!), room accommodations will be confirmed on a space or rate available basis. Early reservations are strongly suggested!
CANCELLATION: Any cancellations must be made by no later than 6:00pm, Central Daylight Time, two (2) days prior to your scheduled arrival. If the cancellation is made by that time, then no penalty will be charged. If cancellation is made past this time frame, then one night’s room and tax will be charged as a cancellation fee.
NO-SHOW: Any reservations that do not show up on the scheduled day of arrival will be charged one night’s room and tax as a no-show fee and the remainder of the reservation will be automatically cancelled. If there are any last-minute changes to travel plans (flight delays, inclement weather, etc.), please notify the hotel as soon as possible.
Airport and Transportation Information
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is located 17 miles from the Marriott New Orleans Hotel on Canal Street, about a 30-minute drive.
Taxi: Taxi stands are located on the first level of the Terminal outside of Baggage Claim Belts 1 and 14. Passengers must wait in line at one of these booths for taxi service.
Taxi fares run about $36.00 one way from the airport to the Marriott hotel or French Quarter for up to 2 passengers. For 3 or more passengers, an additional $14.00 per passenger is added. Taxis providing transfers to/from the airport are required to accept credit cards as an option for payment.
Airport Shuttle: This company provides shared-ride van service to and from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
The NSREC has negotiated a special group rate of $40.00 roundtrip with Airport Shuttle, versus their normal $44.00 roundtrip rate. In order to get this group rate, you must use the link below to make a reservation and print your tickets online. This discount applies ONLY to purchases made online; walkups are not eligible for the discount. Use weblink: http://airportshuttleneworleans.hudsonltd.net/res?USERIDENTRY=IEEENSREC0717&LOGON=GO
If you do not purchase your discounted tickets online, then Airport Shuttle’s regular rate from the airport to the Marriott New Orleans is $24.00 per person one-way or $44.00 per person, round trip. Passengers can have up to 3 bags per person. Passengers can purchase tickets at the airport at Airport Shuttle ticket booths located on the first level in the Baggage Claim area.
NOTE: For departure reservations, please call 504-522-3500 no later than 24 hours prior to your flight. Your advance reservation will ensure your timely departure to the airport.
Car Rental: If you are planning to rent a car from the airport, the Consolidated Rental Car Facility (CONRAC) is located a short walk from the main terminal. Passengers should exit the Baggage Claim area (first level) near Belts 12-14 and continue to the right down a covered walkway to the CONRAC. Nine rental car companies currently operate at the airport. For contact information for these companies, please visit the website: http://www.flymsy.com/rentalinformation
If you plan to rent a car in downtown New Orleans, the same car vendors at the airport are located downtown, some near the Marriott Hotel and French Quarter. Hertz is nearest to the hotel.
Parking and Driving Directions
If you have a car and need to park at the Marriott, please know that NSREC attendees who have booked a guest room within the room block at the Marriott, are eligible for a 50% discount off the standard overnight rate of $43.50. Daily parking is at an hourly rate with very limited space available. Note: Vehicles taller than 5’ 9” cannot enter the parking garage.
Airport to the Marriott: Turn left onto US-61 S/Airline Dr. Take the I-10 E ramp to US-90 BUS/Westbank. Keep left at the fork and merge onto I-10 E. Continue onto US-90 BUS W. Take the exit toward Superdome. Turn right onto Dave Dixon Dr. Slight right onto Girod St. Take the 1st left onto Loyola Ave. Continue onto Elk Pl. Turn right onto Canal St. Make a U-turn. Destination will be on the right.
Getting Around Town
Aside from walking, you can easily rent a bike, a pedi-cab, or a taxi. You can also take advantage of the public bus or streetcar system in New Orleans – both excellent and easy ways to get around.
Riding New Orleans’s iconic streetcar is a not-to-be-missed experience in the Crescent City. Clean, cute and convenient, the streetcar clatters along the essential thoroughfares on 4 lines: St. Charles, Canal Street and Riverfront, along with the latest addition, the Loyola Avenue line. Don’t forget to have exact change for fare $1.25. Or purchase a Jazzy Pass and ride the streetcar as much as you wish. Passes are available at Walgreens and select grocery stores. You can purchase a 1-day, 3-day or 31-day unlimited ride pass for $3, $9 and $55.
While streetcars on the St. Charles Avenue line operate around the clock, they are few and far between late at night and in the early morning hours. After dark, calling a cab is your best bet.
St. Charles Ave. Streetcar
This route runs over 13 miles downtown from Canal St. along St. Charles Ave, past the Greek Revival mansions & raised cottages, Tulane University and Audubon Park. Beyond the shops at the Riverbend, it takes a right hand turn onto Carrollton Ave.
This 2-mile route stops at the Convention Center, the Riverwalk, the Aquarium of the Americas, the French Market and the Old Mint on Esplanade.
The newest re-established line, which runs the length of Canal St., is the route to see the famous cemeteries, City Park, New Orleans Museum of Art and Botanical Gardens.
In recent years, “bike taxis” have sprung up all over the Big Easy. They’re a fun way to get around town and take an informal tour at the same time. Powered by (mainly) college students, pedicabs are a safe and eco-friendly way for 1 to 2 people to get around town. Pedicabs can be found mostly around hotels and the French Quarter. Contact Nola Pedicab, (http://www.nolapedicabs.com/) one of the larger operators in town, for a pre-arranged pickup.
Make sure to have cash and don’t forget to ask for the fee in advance of your ride.
There are hundreds of taxis available on New Orleans streets and major hotels. Taxi rates are $3.50 plus $2 per mile (.25 per one-eighth mile) thereafter. There is also an additional charge $1 per passenger after the first passenger.
If paying by credit, ask the operator when ordering the cab if they can accept credit cards. Few cab drivers will accept them unless notified in advance.
New Orleans was made for walking. The city’s many pedestrian-friendly stretches make walking around a breeze. Visitors especially love to stroll down oak tree-lined St. Charles Avenue, or hit the shops on the 6-mile stretch that is Magazine Street.
Particularly in the French Quarter, streets are often shut off to vehicle traffic, ensuring that those on foot can easily navigate.
The public bus system in New Orleans is efficient, easy to navigate and clean -- not to mention air-conditioned! Some 36-bus routes can take you anywhere you need to go, so if you purchased a Jazzy Pass, feel free to use it on the bus in addition to the streetcar. Just note that you must have exact change for bus fare. The bus fare is $1.25 each way and express bus is $1.50. Children under 2 ride free; children 3 and older must pay full fare. If you will be taking any of the ferries across the river, the fare is $2.00 each way per person. See website: http://www.norta.com/Fares-Passes/Overview
Bus stops are not announced by the driver, so make sure you come armed with a New Orleans city map or ask your driver before boarding if she or he can announce when you should get off. To look at bus routes around town, visit http://norta.com/