5th Internat'l Conference on Social Science Research
New Orleans, LA · Hilton Riverside · Sept. 23-25, 2010

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The Conference will take place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside located just steps from the French Quarter, the Audubon Aquarium, IMAX, and Riverwalk Marketplace.  Two outdoor heated pools, 24 hour business center and one of the largest and best equipped health club are just some of the amenities offered at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.Visitors are always pleasantly surprised to learn that most of the city’s attractions are within walking distance of each other.  If you prefer to ride instead of walk it only costs $1.25 to take an RTA bus or one of the city’s famed streetcars, which travel the Riverfront and Canal Street. Hotel rates are only $149 for a single or double room. Our group code is "CPP" and you can make reservations directly here.  


Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Two Poydras Street

New Orleans, LA  70183

United States of America

Telephone: 1-504-561-0500
Fax: 1-504-568-1721

Nearest major airport:  Louis Armstong International is located 13 miles (25 minutes) from the hotel. Follow Interstate 10 Downtown /East/Slidell, exiting at Poydras Street (exit ramp is on the left).  Continue onto Poydras Street south, and follow it to the hotel’s front circle drive.


Transportation costs to and from the airport are as follows:

Limousine $70

Taxi $29

Airport Shuttle one way $20; roundtrip $38


Airport Shuttle: Reservations may be made on line at http://www.airportshuttleneworleans.com/arrival-departure-info.html  or by calling 866-596-2699.  Arrival: If purchasing your ticket(s) at the Airport, proceed to the baggage claim area on the ground level. After you have retrieved your luggage, proceed to the Airport Shuttle Ticket Desk, located across from baggage claim areas 3, 6 and 12. Service is available on a continuous basis with vans departing approximately every 30 minutes.  For Departure Reservations, please call 504-522-3500 no later than 24 hours prior to your flight. Your advance reservation will ensure your timely departure from the Airport. Domestic flights require passengers to arrive 2-hour prior to flight departure. International flights require passengers to arrive 3-hours prior to flight departure. Please inform the Reservationist of any international flight in order to schedule an earlier pick-up time. If Wheelchair Accessible Service is needed please call for assistance.



From the east:  Follow Interstate 10 Downtown/West, exiting at Canal Street/Superdome.  Follow signs to Superdome/Poydras Street, turning left onto Poydras Street.  Follow Poydras south to the hotel’s front circle drive.


From the west:  Follow Interstate 10 Downtown/East/Slidell, exiting at Poydras Street (exit ramp is on the left).  Continue onto Poydras Street south, and follow it to the hotel’s front circle drive.


For the International Traveler

 All international visitors regardless of country of origin must present a passport or secure document when entering the United States.  Most travelers to the United States must hold a valid visa and a passport that is valid six months longer than the intended visit. 


Do I need a visa to travel to the United States?

The purpose of the visit determines what type of visa will be needed. Visitors planning to visit or attend a meeting will most likely apply for a B1/B2 visa. More information on this can be found at the State Department website:  http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html


Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Citizens of 34 countries do not need a U.S. visa for business or tourism visits of 90 days or less. However, if you will be receiving any compensation for your services or activities (i.e. lectures, presentations, etc.), you may need to apply for a visa.  Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country for more information. Citizens of all VWP countries must now have machine readable passports to enter the United States.  Detailed information on these passport requirements is available at the Department of Homeland Security website. For additional details and updates on the Visa Waiver Program, see the State Department’s Visa Waiver Program website.


Additional Information on Visas and Other Entry Requirements
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
Documentary Requirements for Entry to the United States

U.S. Nonimmigrant Visas
Visa fees and Reciprocity tables 


How do I apply for a visa? As a standard part of the visa process, the State Department is now requiring that consular officers interview almost every applicant. Some consulates may have a long wait for an interview so applicants should contact the consulate to schedule an interview as early as possible. Furthermore, many visa applications are sent to the State Department in Washington, D.C. to be reviewed by several agencies. Because of the number of visa applications and the need for thorough security reviews, the process can take several months. Therefore, it is advisable for travelers to apply for their visas as early as possible.  Contact the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy in your country for details on visa application procedures at that post.


Letters of Invitation You will need a letter of invitation from the organization that is holding the conference. All letters of invitation will be sent via regular mail unless you provide a Federal Express or DHL account number. In most cases, Visa Offices will not accept faxed or e-mailed invitation letters.  Please provide the following information in your request:

·                     A completed registration form with a method of payment included

·                     Your full name (Please specify family name and given name)

·                     Title (Dr., Professor, Mr., Mrs., Miss, Ms, etc.)

·                     Organization Name and URL

·                     Full mailing address

·                     Telephone and Fax numbers

·                     Email address

·                     Additional information such as if you are presenting a paper at the Conference


 What should I do once I arrive in the United States?

All travelers arriving in the United States are met by an immigration officer who examines each passport and visa, validates the Arrival-Departure (I-94) card, and determines the length of time the visitor may stay in the United States.  While the visa issued by the consulate allows a visitor to apply for admission to the United States, the final decision is made by the immigration officer. Visitors should be prepared to explain what they will be doing during their visit, where they will stay, and when they plan to return to their country.


U.S.-Visit U.S.-VISIT biometric procedures apply to all international travelers holding a non-U.S. passport or visa. This also applies to all visitors under the Visa Waiver Program.  For further information see the Department of Homeland Security U.S.-VISIT Program.


Visa Validity, Single and Multiple-entry Visas, Length of Stay The visa validity date is the time period during which the applicant must use the visa to enter the United States.  A person with a multiple-entry visa valid for one year can make several trips to the United States during that year.  Some people will be issued single-entry visas only; therefore if they travel outside the United States they must apply for another visa before they return.  The visa validity date has nothing to do with the length of stay which is determined by the immigration official at the port of entry.


Additional Information

Health Insurance.  Medical care in the United States can be very expensive. All visitors should carry adequate health insurance valid for the duration of their stay in the United States.


Driving in the United States.  Visitors who wish to rent cars must have a major credit card and a valid driver’s license from their own country.  In some cases, an international driver’s license may be required.  Contact the car rental company directly for specific information.


Registration Federal law requires that all non-U.S. citizens carry evidence of their lawful status with them at all times.  This is especially important for all travel, international or domestic.  It is advisable to keep copies of all pages of the passport, visa, I-94 Arrival-Departure card, and supporting documents such as DS-2019 forms, in a safe place in case of loss of the original documents.


Customs Need information about customs and U.S. border regulations? Click here for more information.


Ease of Travel into the U.S. We want to make your travel to attend the conference as easy as possible.  Click here for tips from the Transportation Security Administration.


Other Helpful Tips The U.S. Department of Homeland Security offers additional tips to travelers. [more]


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Comments from Previous Attendees:

"I particularly enjoyed the interdisciplinary nature of the meeting, and that it draws so many international scholars - it provides a wonderful perspective."

"The quality of the food was the best that I have experienced at a professional meeting."

"I appreciated the many opportunities to network with other researchers - at meals, during receptions and during sessions."

"The conference ran very smoothly."

"The meeting was professionally helpful, but it was also a lot of fun. Make sure you send me information about the next meeting."