Publication Date

October 1, 1996

Accommodations

The 111th annual meeting of the American Historical Association will be held in New York City, at the New York Hilton and Towers and Sheraton New York. Blocks of guest rooms have been reserved at the Hilton, the Sheraton, the Crowne Plaza Manhattan, and the Milford Plaza Ramada. Rates at the Hilton and Crowne Plaza are $91 single and $111 double; rates at the Sheraton are $92 single and $112 double. The Milford Plaza, which is nine blocks from the Hilton, has single and double rooms available for $75 per room, per night. All hotel rates are subject to a 13~ percent tax plus a $2 per night sales and room tax. The rates are available January 1 through 6, 1997.

Reservations must be made in writing on the reservation form, which appears on page 12 of the September issue of Perspectives. (Also see page 11 of the September issue for hotel information.) Additional forms are also available by contacting the Convention Director, AHA, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003. E-mail aha@aha.msu.edu. Housing forms must be mailed or sent via fax to the AHA Housing Bureau in New York. (The Housing Bureau’s address and fax number appear on the hotel reservation form.) Accessibility requirements (movement impaired, TDD needs, etc.) should be noted, as should any preference for a nonsmoking room. The cutoff date for the AHA’s housing block is December 12. After that date, the hotels will continue to process reservations and changes subject to hotel and rate availability.

Requests for rooms will be filled in the order received by hotels, so it is recommended that you contact your hotel of choice early to obtain preferred accommodations. All hotels require a first night's deposit guaranteed with a major credit card or check made payable to the AHA Housing Bureau to hold your reservation. You will receive an acknowledgment from the Housing Bureau and, in most cases, a confirmation from the hotel as well. The confirmation will provide change or cancellation information. A charge will be assessed for the first night if reservations are not canceled prior to arrival.

Preregistering and the Program

The printed Program will reach the membership later this month. The meeting preregistration form is on page 14 of this issue of Perspectives; it will also be included in the Program mailing. Additional copies of the preregistration form are available through AHA headquarters by contacting the Convention Director, AHA, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003. E-mail aha@aha.msu.edu.

Travel Update

Special airfares have been negotiated with American Airlines, Delta Airlines (including East Coast Shuttle operations), and Amtrak for members traveling to the annual meeting.

Airlines. Zenith Travel Inc., 16 East 34th St., New York, NY 10016, has been designated the official travel agency for the 1997 annual meeting; American Airlines has been designated as the official carrier for the meeting. If your travel plans include staying over Saturday night, American is offering a 10 percent discount on coach airfares and a 5 percent discount on any reduced promotional fare. The fares are valid for round-trip travel between December 31 and January 7. If your plans do not include staying over Saturday, January 4, American will waive that requirement and you will still be able to obtain the ad vantages of the lower-priced fares. Please note, however, that an advance-purchase requirement will apply in most cases. For information and reservations on American Airlines, call 1-800- 433-1790 and ask for star file number 83D6AB. The American Airlines registration desk is open Monday through Friday, 7 A.M. to midnight (CST). It isnecessary to request that your ticket be issued by Zenith Travel to receive these special fares. In addition, Zenith will enter your name in a raffle for a pair of American Airline tickets to London or Buenos Aires, An AAdvantage member ticketed by Zenith who stops by the Zenith hospitality table at the meeting this year will also be eligible to win an additional 10,000 bonus miles.

Delta Airlines has been designated the official shuttle carrier and will provide special discounts to attendees traveling from Boston or Washington, D.C., to New York. Additional savings are available system-wide should the Delta schedule best suit your needs. The fares are valid for round-trip travel between December 28 and January 10. To make reservations, call Delta’s meeting and convention desk at 1-800-241-6760 between the hours of 8 A.M. and 11 P.M. (EST). Ask for file number XN360 and request that Zenith Travel issue your ticket.

Train.Amtrak will offer a 10 percent discount on all unreserved trains and off-peak Metroliner service. For reservations, call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL, and ask for fare order number X-25-C-923. Amtrak will mail the ticket directly to you.

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