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Housing & Travel

This April, IRA's 58th Annual Convention returns to the beautiful and vibrant city of San Antonio, Texas.

The seventh largest city in the United States, San Antonio has always served as a crossroads and a meeting place for people of culturally diverse backgrounds. In other words, it's the perfect venue for connecting with fellow educators, engaging with literacy leaders, and absorbing the rich resources our exhibitors have to offer.

Whether you'll be traveling from around the corner or across the globe, we've provided you with all of the information and resources you need to make planning a breeze.

So look around and get ready for IRA's 58th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas!

Housing

This year's co-headquarter hotels are:

Housing reservations are no longer available through IRA's housing partner, Convention Management Resources (CMR). Starting Friday, April 5, please contact hotels directly for new reservations, changes to exisiting reservations, and cancelations.

If you have questions or need information about your hotel guest room during your stay, please visit the IRA Housing booth located in the IRA Registration Area, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Hall A, Street Level.

Travel

Travel by Air

IRA has partnered with American Airlines and United Airlines to provide our convention participants with discounted airfares for the IRA 58th Annual Convention meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

American Airlines

American Airlines
www.aa.com
Travel dates: 4/15-28/2013
Online Promotion Code: 8843BU
Tel: 800-433-1790

United Airlines

United Airlines
www.united.com
Travel dates: 4/15-28/2013
Online Offer Code: ZNHQ377070
Tel: 800-426-1122
Agreement Code: 377070/Z Code: ZNHQ

Association Travel Concepts (ATC)* is a full-service travel agency that provides personalized service, advance seat assignments, special meal requests, frequent flier program updates, electronic ticketing, e-mail access for convenient booking of your tickets, and more. Book your travel online or talk to a live agent. Visit ATC's website www.atcmeetings.com/ira for details.

*Please note added fees may apply for reservation service charges, applicable taxes, surcharges, custom user fees, passenger facility charges and security fees. Some restrictions may apply.

Airport & Ground Transportation

The San Antonio International Airport is a quick eight miles from the airport to downtown. Taxi service to the downtown area is approximately $25, and up to four passengers can ride for the price of one. The airport shuttle to the downtown area is currently $32 for round trip.

Car Rental

IRA has partnered with Avis and Hertz to provide our convention participants with discounted vehicle rentals for the IRA 58th Annual Convention meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Avis

Avis
For discounted rates, call 800-331-1600 or 918-624-4301(outside of U.S.) and use discount code AWD#B685098.

Hertz

Hertz
For discounted rates, call 800-3654-2240 or 405-749-4434 (outside of U.S.) and use discount code CV#022Q6027.

Explore San Antonio

Discover great places to eat, shop, and play while visiting San Antonio for the IRA 58th Annual Convention with our Guide to the City.

IRA Shuttle Buses

IRA provides complimentary shuttle service between most official convention hotels and the convention center. The Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Hilton Palacio del Rio, Marriott Rivercenter, and Marriott Riverwalk are all within walking distance.

Schedules will be available in the lobbies of hotels on the official route and at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Shuttle buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and will be available by calling the number listed in the bus schedule brochure. Please call at least 60 minutes ahead to be sure we are able to fully accommodate your needs.

New This Year!

The Convention Store will be providing direct shuttle service from the Convention Center to the San Antonio International Airport on Monday, April 22, from 10AM to 5PM. Buses will depart from the Convention Center on the hour and half-hour. Tickets are $15 per person (cash only) and may be purchased at the Shuttle Information desk located outside the Convention Center beginning with the first day of shuttle service on Thursday, April 18.

International Travel

The International Reading Association invites and welcomes members and non-members from every part of the world to attend the 58th IRA Annual Convention. Participants are not required to be a presenter in order to attend the convention. We recommend that you start the visa application process five to six months before the convention begins. It is also wise to secure your travel visa and airline reservations before registering for the convention.

Online Resources for Visa Application Process:

Travel.State.Gov
This site, a service of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, offers information and forms necessary for international travel, including Electronic Visa Application Forms, tips for traveling abroad, and travel warnings and alerts.

U.S. Embassies and Consulates
This site provides a list of U.S. embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions around the world.

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
International travellers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are now subject to enhanced security requirements and are required to pay an administrative fee. Applications are available on this site, which is available in 22 languages.

Interactive Printable Invitation Letter from IRA

Housing Closed April 4, 2013

Starting April 5, all new reservations and changes need to be made directly with hotels.

IRA's Spring 2013 Resource Catalog
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