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Sessions will occur at the Georgia World Congress Center. Key meeting areas will be located as follows:
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- Registration: Building A, Level 1, Hall A1
- ASH Central: Building B, Level 1, Hall B1
- General Session room: Building C, Level , Hall C2-C3
- Exhibit hall: Building B, Level 1, Hall B2-B4
- Poster hall: Building A, Level 1, Hall A2
To stay safe during your visit to Atlanta, please follow the tips provided below:
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- Always lock your front and/or patio doors. Use the safety chain/lock for security.
- Never open your room door unless you know who is there. If you did not call for the hotel service offered by the person at the door, call hotel security or the front desk to see if they have sent someone to your room.
- Place valuables in a safety deposit box in your room or at the hotel office. Do not leave valuables in your car.
- When checking into a hotel, consult the floor plan on the back of your room door to familiarize yourself with fire and emergency exits.
- Remove your ASH meeting badge when exploring the city.
December in Atlanta is usually very pleasant with warm and mildly humid weather. Temperatures in December typically range from 53 degrees Fahrenheit to 72 degrees Fahrenheit.back to top
Air Travel and Discounts
EWA Travel, Inc. is the official travel agency for the 2017 ASH Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Attendee reservations will be e-ticketed and each attendee will receive an emailed invoice and e-ticket receipt. (A service fee is assessed for reservations/ticketing.)
EWA Travel, Inc.
Phone: 800-705-8580 - U.S. (toll free)
520-797-0291 - Canada (toll free)
001 703-522-2626 - International
Agents are available to assist with reservations from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
United Airlines* and Delta Airlines**, in cooperation with ASH and EWA Travel, are offering special airfare rates reflecting discounts of up to 10 percent off published fares to 2017 ASH Annual Meeting attendees. Make sure to reference the special meetings file numbers below when making reservations to ensure that you receive these special fares. EWA will compare the discounts offered by United and Delta with other airlines to provide ASH annual meeting attendees with the best fare options based on individual travel needs.
*United Airlines includes Air Canada, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, and United codeshare flights operated by All Nippon Airways.
**Delta Airlines includes Delta codeshare flights operated by Air France or KLM.
To take advantage of these special fares, choose one of the following options below.
- Contact EWA Travel at 800-705-8580 (U.S. toll-free), 520-797-0291 (Canada toll-free) or 001 703-522-2626 between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Call the United Airlines Meetings Desk toll-free (U.S. and Canada) at 800-426-1122 or visit United.com. Be sure to provide the United Airlines special rate offer code ZYNT over the phone or enter ZYNT228925 in the offer code box if booking online.
- Call the Delta Airlines Meeting Network toll-free (U.S. and Canada) at 800-328-1111 or visit Delta.com. Be sure to provide the Delta Airlines special rate offer code NMQG9 if booking by phone or enter NMQG9 in the meeting event code box if booking online.
|United Airlines Special Rate Booking Instructions & Offer Code:|
800-426-1122 toll free (U.S. and Canada)
ZYNT(if booking by phone)
ZYNT228925 (if booking online)
A service fee is assessed by United for phone reservations/ticketing.
|Delta Airlines Special Rate Booking Instrutions & Offer Code:|
800-328-1111 toll free (U.S. and Canada)
NMQG9 (if booking by phone or online)
A service fee is assessed by Delta for phone reservations/ticketing.
Visa Application Process for International Travelers
If you are not a U.S. citizen and are planning to attend the annual meeting, advance planning is critical. Citizens of some foreign countries will need a visa to enter the United States to attend the ASH annual meeting. Because of U.S. State Department regulations, U.S. embassies and consulates may require a face-to-face interview for most non-immigrant visa applications. Therefore, you should apply for your visa at least three to four months before the annual meeting. To schedule an interview for the visa application process, please contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. For more information, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html.
Effective January 20, 2010, citizens of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program may be unable to enter the United States without Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval from the U.S. government. For more information on participating countries or how to apply for ESTA authorization, please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/esta.
If you would like to request an invitation letter from the American Society of Hematology for your visa application, you must first register and pay in full for the meeting. To obtain a visa invitation letter, have your registration confirmation number available and visit the visa link in your registration confirmation email.
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MARTA is Atlanta’s rapid transit rail system. MARTA is a convenient and quick way to travel and offers service from the airport to the city of Atlanta and surrounding areas. Trains begin service at 4:45 a.m. on weekdays and 6:00 a.m. on weekends/holidays and run until 1:00 a.m. daily. To plan your trip and obtain fare information, visit www.itsmarta.com.
Atlanta has established set taxi fares between the airport and downtown, Midtown and Buckhead. A taxi ride from the airport to the convention center is $30. Metered rates are available outside of these areas and cost $4.25 per mile. For more information regarding taxi rates and destinations, visit http://www.atlanta.net/explore/transportation/taxicabs.back to top
Hertz is offering special rental car rates for 2017 ASH Annual Meeting attendees, including unlimited mileage. Reservations can be made from all metro Atlanta Hertz locations, online at www.hertz.com, or by calling 800-654-2240 (in the U.S.) or 001 405-749-4434 (International and Canada). Be sure to mention CV# 04PW0007 when booking your rental. Rates are available from November 30 through December 16.
CV number: 04PW0007
Phone: 800-654-2240 - United States (toll free)
001 405-749-4434 - International and Canada
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|A - Economy||$39||$19||$169|
|B - Compact||$42||$21||$174|
|C - Mid-Size||$45||$23||$184|
|D - Standard 2/4 DR||$49||$25||$194|
|F - Full-Size 4 DR||$55||$33||$205|
|Q4 - Mid-Size SUV||$62||$62||$299|
|G - Premium||$69||$69||$345|
|I - Luxury||$89||$89||$399|
|L - Standard SUV||$74||$74||$339|
|R - Minivan||$79||$79||$399|
|U - Convertible||$72||$72||$359|
On-site private vehicle parking is available in various lots and garages near the Georgia World Congress Center. Daily rates range from $10 to $25 and are due upon entry with no in and out privileges. For detailed parking information, visit: https://www.gwcca.org/parking-directions/back to top
Shuttle Bus Service
ASH will provide complimentary shuttle service between the Georgia World Congress Center and most of the hotels in ASH's housing block.
Shuttles will run during the periods listed below. Service frequency will vary throughout the day. Look for detailed shuttle bus schedules in your hotel lobby.
Shuttle Bus Schedule
|Friday, December 8||6:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, December 9||6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, December 10||6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.|
|Monday, December 11||6:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday, December 12||6:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.|
Service will not be provided for the following hotels as they are within walking distance of the convention center:
- Embassy Suites Centennial Park
- Glenn Hotel Autograph Collection
- Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown
- HYATT House Atlanta Downtown
- Omni Hotel at CNN Center
View the full list of hotels in the ASH housing block for the 2017 ASH Annual Meeting.back to top
Remote Airline Check-in Service
The Georgia World Congress Center offers a remote check-in baggage service (called BAGS, Inc.) for attendees taking domestic flights out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Those flying on AirTran, American, and Delta can check their luggage with BAGS, Inc., and receive their boarding pass in Building A, Level 4, International Boulevard Concourse of the convention center. The cost for this service is $15 per passenger. Normal airline baggage fees apply. Pre-enrollment is strongly encouraged. Simply fill out the form online and email to GWCC@airportbags.com
BAGS, Inc. Hours
|Monday, December 11||7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday, December 12||7:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.|
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- Registration Information for the 59th ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition
Detailed registration information for the 59th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition including registration fees, deadlines, and special instructions
- Housing Information
Housing information for the ASH annual meeting, including hotels near the ASH annual meeting, reservation information, group housing, and cancellation policies.
- Government Concierge
A concierge established by ASH to assist Federal employees attending the annual meeting with attendance requests and applications
- On-Site Resources
An overview of services and amenities available at the Georgia World Congress Center