SICB 2004 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan. 5-9

Hotel and Travel

Please note changed meeting dates! The meeting will start around 6 PM on January 5 with the Plenary Lecture. The last day is January 9 which is planned to be a half day with the meeting closing around noon.

Hotel Reservations
The SICB Annual Meeting will be held at the New Orleans Marriott , 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, Phone: 1-888-364- 1200 or 504-581-1000; Fax: 504-553-5625. Reservations may be made by completing the hotel reservation form (click here for PDF file containing the form) and faxing it to 504- 553-5625, calling the hotel at 1-888-364-1200, or going online at SICB has arranged special rates of Single $119, Double $129 for the Annual Meeting attendees at the hotel. The special rates are available two days prior and three days after the meeting dates of January 5-9, 2004, subject to availability. All reservations must be made by December 11, 2003. If you drive to the SICB Annual Meeting, you may park at the New Orleans Marriott. Daily rate for valet parking (subject to change) is $7.90 (0-2 hours), $13.55 (2-10 hours), $23.67 (10+ hours).
For general info see the Marriott's web site at

Air Travel
Southwest Airlines is offering discounted fares of up to 10% off most fares for air travel to and from the event with the convenience of Ticketless Travel. To qualify, call Southwest Airlines Group and Meetings Reservations at 800-433-5368 and reference Q0295. Dates of availability are December 31, 2003-January 14, 2004. Call between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm, Monday-Friday and 8:30 am-5:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday, Central Time.

Special rates have also been arranged for the SICB meeting with US Airways. Be sure to make your reservations early! US Airways is offering 5% discounts on applicable advance purchase fares and 10% off of 60 day advanced purchase tickets. Contact US Airways for specific details. Discounts are valid January 2-12, 2004. To obtain the convention discount, call US Airways Group and Meetings Reservations Office toll free at (877) 874-7687, 8:00 AM-9:30 PM Eastern Time. Refer to Gold File Number 42642876.

Ground Transportation/Airport Shuttle Service
Taxis: Taxi fare is currently $28 flat rate each way to and from the airport for one or two people sharing a cab. This price is subject to change.
Airport Shuttle: The "Airport Shuttle" is the ground transportation provider for the New Orleans Airport to and from downtown New Orleans. For advanced ticket sales call 1-888-432-7651 or go to The shuttle currently costs $26 per person (or $24 per person for 2 people) round trip from the airport to the Marriott. It runs every 15-20 minutes during airport hours.

Car Rental
Special discounted rates have been arranged with Hertz in New Orleans available from December 28, 2003- January 15, 2004.
CarPer dayPer week
Full size$65.99$219.99
4-Wheel Drive$79.99$316.99

To book a car call Hertz at 800-654-2240 outside of this area and refer to CV# 02460019 for special rates. Note that all fees quoted include unlimited free miles.