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27th Annual Conference – Travel Information


Houston, Texas, USA

Thursday, October 12 – Sunday, October 15, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017 - A Day For Teachers

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - A Day For Medics

Travel Information


Getting Here

By Plane

The Houston Airport System is the fourth largest multi-airport system in the United States. Twenty airlines serve the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), serving 120 US and 72 international destinations. You can find more information about the Houston Airport System on the Visit Houston website.

Airport Shuttle

The Super Shuttle is available from IAH and HOU to the JW Marriot Houston
Super Shuttle: $25 USD (one way); reservation required

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) Airport Phone: +1 713 640 3000
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Airport Phone: +1 281 230 3100

By Train

The Sunset Limited runs along Amtrak’s Southern-most route from New Orleans, LA to Los Angeles, CA. The station is located at 902 Washington Avenue, in downtown Houston.

Parking at the JW Marriott Houston

On-site parking, fee: $4.33 USD hourly, $25.98 USD daily
Valet parking, fee: $34.64 USD daily
Off-site parking, fee: $4.33 USD hourly, $25.98 USD daily
Daytime valet parking for non-overnight guests is $20.00 USD


Around Town


Houston’s METRO is a public transportation option that includes buses and a light rail around the city. The METRORail is a fast, convenient way to travel to downtown, midtown, the Museum District, Texas Medical Center, Moody Park, and up to the Northline Transit Center / HCC. The METROBus is mainly located on the city streets, stopping at every other corner along its route. A one-way ride on the METRORail or METROBus is $1.25 USD, or you can purchase a day pass for $3 USD. For your convenience, you can purchase your fare right from your smartphone with METRO Q Mobile Ticketing.


Taxi stands are designated areas where cabs can "stand" and wait for a fare. Additionally, there are at least 30 "hailing cab" icons on various downtown streets, which mark that particular site as a three-minute zone where taxis can briefly stop to pick up and drop off passengers.

The City of Houston has authorized a flat taxi fare of $6 USD for all trips in the downtown area. This $6 fare will apply anywhere within the Central Business District, bounded by Interstate 45, Interstate 10 and U.S. 59. The fare, in addition to increased downtown taxi stands, provides an easy alternative to driving to lunch, business meetings, and activities throughout the downtown area. No surcharges will apply to the fare, which can accommodate multiple riders under the $6 USD total rate.

For the fastest pick up, use the Yellow Cab's Hail a Cab app or Lone Star Cab's Curb app.

Houston Cab Companies:
Fiesta Cab Co. +1 713 225 2666
Liberty Cab Co. +1 713 695 6700
Lone Star Cab Co. +1 713 444 4444
Yellow Cab Houston +1 713 236 1111

By Car

Driving Directions:
Google Map in Houston is widely used as the GPS of the car which is accurate and convenient to use.


Entry Visas

A business visitor visa (B-1) is required to enter the United States for business-related travel, including any scientific, educational, professional, or business conferences.

Visa Waiver Program (VWP) - Travelers coming to the United States for business (B-1 category visa) purposes for 90 days or less from qualified countries may be eligible to travel without a visa if they meet the VVWP requirements. Currently, 38 countries participate in the VWP. For a list of participating countries and additional information on VWP requirements, see

In order to travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a U.S. bound air or sea carrier. ESTA is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) automated web-based system to determine eligibility to travel without a visa to the United States for tourism or business. Visit the ESTA webpage on the CBP website for more information.



It is strongly recommended that delegates take out comprehensive medical, travel and personal insurance prior to the commencement of travel, in the unlikely event that unforeseen circumstances affect the meeting or your travel plans.



Any and all parts of the 27th IADMS Annual Conference, A Day for Teachers, A Day for Medics, and related events as described herein are subject to change. The International Association for Dance Medicine & Science is not liable for damages of any nature sustained by delegates or accompanying persons, or loss of, or damage to, their personal property as a result of the conference or related events.

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