• CSM 2018 is being held February 21-24, 2018, in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Book your reservation by January 29, 2018, to take advantage of the special rates offered to all attendees. Hotel rates, location, and availability may be viewed online or by contacting the Spargo, Inc. APTA's exclusive and official housing bureau for the Combined Sections Meeting. APTA is committed to providing a high quality housing experience for its exhibitors and attendees and contracts for a room block to secure those housing needs. Should you have any questions on housing or solicitations, please contact APTA's Housing Center at aptahousing@spargoinc.com

    Beware of Housing Pirates & Poachers

    APTA does not endorse booking hotel reservations via sources other than J. Spargo and Associates.

    When APTA secures sleeping rooms at hotels for our conferences (commonly referred to as room blocks), the properties are researched to ensure that attendees and exhibitors are adequately accommodated. These room blocks are established to ensure that rooms meet our standards and are offered at a discounted price.

    Room poaching is a practice carried out by third-party companies that act as travel agencies, wholesalers, or destination management companies to solicit registrants and exhibitors for room reservations for society or other organizations meetings. Often room poachers may misrepresent themselves as APTA’s official housing provider and registrants and exhibitors may be contacted by fax, email, or phone with offers for cut rate housing. The poacher might inform registrants and exhibitors that the hotel room block is "sold out," and that if you do not book with them immediately, you may not get a room.

    Learn more about how to avoid pirates and poachers.

     

    Housing

    Attendee Housing

    Online Reservations (24 hours a day)
    Phone Reservations: 877/585-6003. (Outside the USA/Canada: 703/449-6418)
    The APTA Housing Center is open Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm ET.

    Suite Request: To request a hospitality suite contact Candace Homer, APTA Housing Account Manager. Note: All suite requests must receive APTA approval before the reservation is confirmed. 

    Exhibitor Housing

    Online Reservations
    Phone Reservations: 877/585-6003. (Outside the USA/Canada: 703/449-6418)
    The APTA Housing Center is open Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am–5:00 pm ET.

    Travel

    Discounted rates are available for CSM participants. Please reference the codes below when making your reservations.

    Air Travel

    American Airlines:
    By Phone: 800/433-1790 use Authorization Number: A4128BU
    Valid Dates: February 15-February 28, 2018
    Not available for air travel confirmed online.

    Delta Airlines:
    By Phone: 800/328-1111 use File Number: NMQJP
    Online: www.delta.com and select the Meeting Event Code field. (No ticketing charge)
    Valid Dates: February 18-February 27, 2018

    United Airlines
    By Phone: 800/426-1122 use Z Code: ZYXA and Agreement Code: 445557
    Valid Dates: February 15-February 27, 2018

    Ground Travel

    Amtrak
    The New Orleans, LA (NOL) Union Rail Station is the located at 1001 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113, and is less than 2 miles from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and surrounding hotels. Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to (New Orleans, LA) between (February 18, 2018–February 27, 2018). To book your reservation call Amtrak at 800/872-7245 or contact your local travel agent. Please be sure to refer to Amtrak Convention Fare Code: X14F-971 when making your reservation. Conventions cannot be booked via Internet. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service and are subject to other restrictions.

    Greyhound Bus
    Greyhound also offers service from their Downtown Bus Station, located at 1001 Loyola Avenue in New Orleans. For information on fares and scheduling, call 504/525-9371 or visit www.greyhound.com.

    Getting Around New Orleans

    New Orleans International Airport (Louis Armstrong) is only a few miles, about 15 minutes travel time (unless traffic is bad), from the airport to the Central Business District or other areas in downtown New Orleans. The flat rate for a taxi is $28 for 1 or 2 people (plus $1 fuel surcharge). If you have 3 or more people, it's $12 per person. Keep in mind that they can charge more if you have a lot of baggage.

    Shuttle Service:
    Shuttle service is available from the airport to hotels and various other locations in the New Orleans for $24.00 (per person, one-way) or $44.00 (per person, round-trip). These fares include 3 bags per person. Additional baggage may be subject to additional fees. Passengers can purchase tickets at the Airport at Airport Shuttle ticket booths located on the first level throughout the Baggage Claim area. Airport Shuttle offers group rates. Large groups of 50 or more people should call 866/596-2699 for reservations. Those needing Wheelchair-Accessible Service should also call 866/596-2699 for assistance. Please visit Airport Shuttle New Orleans for more information.

    Mass Transit:
    Public mass transportation from the airport to downtown New Orleans is now easier than ever. Today, the Jefferson Transit Authority (JET) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) provide 9 daily departures to downtown New Orleans. Both utilize the bus stop located on the outer lanes of the second floor, outside the Concourse C Lobby Information Booth. The Airport-Downtown Express (E2) Bus operated by JET is $2.00. The fare boxes will accept $1, $5, $10, $20 dollar bills and all US coins. The Airport-Downtown Express (E2) provides service from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Kenner, down Airline Drive into New Orleans, which takes approximately 50 minutes. For more information on public transit in the area, visit the Jefferson Transit website.
     
    The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) now provides the Airport Express (202) Bus with service to and from the Airport into New Orleans. Pick up locations for the Airport Express (202) Bus in New Orleans can be found at Elk Place at Cleveland and the Union Passenger Terminal Bus Bay 2 with transport to the Departures Level at the Airport Terminal and select trips to the North Terminal Construction site. The fare for this route is $1.50. Review bus schedule information, pick up locations, and route information.

    Taxi Cabs:
    Taxicab booths 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 rides cost $36.00 from the airport to the Central Business District (CBD) or French Quarter (west of Elysian Fields) for up to 2 passengers. For 3 or more passengers, the fare will be $15.00 per passenger. Taxis are required accept credit card payments.

    Street Car Services:
    Getting around New Orleans by streetcar is a great way to see the city. There are three different lines: St. Charles, Canal Street, and the Riverfront, each of which originates downtown but takes you different parts of the city. Streetcars in New Orleans offer $1.25 fares and can be paid with exact change when you board. One, three, and 31-day unlimited ride “Jazzy Passes” are also available for $3, $9 and $55 respectively. See the Regional Transit Authority (RTA)'s website for a list of places to purchase these. You can also download the RTA gomobile app and pay your fare instantly from your phone! Please note that passes are non-refundable and non-replaceable. Fares listed above and routes and schedules listed below are subject to change–check directly with the RTA directly for the latest information.

    Hit the High Notes in New Orleans

    With beautiful weather and a location steeped in music, food, history, and culture, you will be entranced by New Orleans! Hop a street car or stroll Bourbon Street, the birthplace of jazz. Tingle your taste buds with exotic Cajun, Creole, and European flavors. Then settle in to a music club and bask in the vibe that makes this a world-class city.

    Weather for February
    Temps will be in the 60’s during the day and in the mid 40’s at night. Pack comfortable shoes and sunscreen, because NOLA will be perfect for walking!

    Jazz up Your Visit to NOLA

    Music – jazz and more
    Where to eat?
    The French Quarter
    Visit the Plantations
    Shopping – from handmade local wares to affordable outlets
    Unique architecture
    New Orleans City Park
    Tours – in town and out of town
    25 Free Things to do in NOLA