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From the 1999 Annual Meeting column in the November 1998 Perspectives

Have You Made Your Arrangements for the 1999 Annual Meeting?

AHA Staff, November 1998

By November 1, all members should have received their printed annual meeting Program. The meeting preregistration form was included in the Program mailing and in the October issue of Perspectives and also in this issue (page 14). It should be returned to the headquarters office by December 4.

Hotel reservations must be made through the toll-free number, (800) 535-3336, for U.S. and Canadian participants. Washington metro area and international attendees should call (202) 842-2930. You may call between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. International attendees may also fax reservation requests to (202) 289-8079 (only international fax requests will be honored). The cutoff date to make reservations is December 14 (December 4 for Omni Shoreham and Days Inn). A standard $100 deposit per room reservation is required, accepted by credit card immediately or by check payment.

Please note that the housing service will process all new, changed, and canceled reservations prior to the cutoff date of December 14 (December 4 for Omni Shoreham and Days Inn). Changes or cancellations before December 14 (December 4 for Omni Shoreham and Days Inn) can be made without penalty. After December 14 (December 4 for Omni Shoreham and Days Inn), all changes or cancellations for existing reservations will be made by the hotel selected. A $10 processing fee is deducted from all cancellations refunded after December 14 (December 4 for Omni Shoreham and Days Inn). The full advance deposit will be forfeited if cancellation is made within three days prior to arrival.

For additional information about housing, please consult the September or October issues of Perspectives. For copies or additional information, please write the Convention Director at 400 A St., SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.

Members can make travel arrangements through Association Travel Concepts (ATC), 4901 Morena Blvd., Ste. 120, San Diego, CA 92117, the official travel agency, and United Airlines, the official carrier for the AHA's 1999 annual meeting. The AHA encourages participants to make flight arrangements through ATC at (800) 458-9383 or via e-mail at atc@assntravel.com. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST. When booking through ATC, you will receive 5-10 percent off the ticketed price on the AHA's contracted carrier, United Airlines. You can also call United at (800) 521-4041 or your local travel agency and refer to United ID # 524HV. Discounts apply for travel January 4 through January 13, 1999.

Discounted car rental rates have been negotiated with Alamo Rent-A-Car, with rates effective January 4-13, 1999. Contact Association Travel Concepts (ATC) at (800) 458-9383. You can also call Alamo at (800) 732-3232 or your local travel agency and refer to ID # 444415 GR.

To make a reservation on Amtrak, call (800) 872-7245 or contact ATC at (800) 458-9383 and refer to fare order number X-65G-930. Discount fares available January 4-13, 1999. The offer is not valid on Auto Train, Club, or Custom Class service. However, the discounted fare is valid on Metroliner service during off-peak weekday travel and all departures on weekends.