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Advance travel planning and early visa application are strongly encouraged for non-US citizens traveling to the United States. Visit the US Department of State: Bureau of Consular Affairs
web site for more information regarding the procedure for obtaining a visa or information regarding the ESTA application. Note:
Citizens of a Visa Waiver Program country travelling to the USA must now possess a machine readable passport and an ESTA approval card. ESTA applications may be submitted any time prior to travel and generally remain valid for two years.
From Los Angeles: Take the 405/101 North from LAX and exit at Seaward Avenue in Ventura. Merge left at the end of the ramp. Take a left at the traffic light. The Four Points Sheraton/Holiday Inn Express is located at 1050 Schooner Drive on the right side.
Public and Private Transportation
- Amtrak (Phone: 800-872-7245)
Amtrak's Ventura station is located adjacent to the Ventura County Fairgrounds (Seaside Park), approximately 3-4 miles from the conference sites. See their web site for fares and details.
- Roadrunner Shuttle and Limousine (Phone: 800-247-7919)
Roadrunner provides transportation from the Los Angeles International, Bob Hope, and Santa Barbara Airports and offers a special rate exclusively for GRC attendees. All shuttle reservations must be made directly by attendees. Remember to make your reservations for pick-up from and return to the airport in advance. To make reservations at the discounted GRC rate, visit Roadrunner’s web site (via the link above) or call and request the GRC rate.
- Smart Shuttle (Phone: 805-482-0202)
Smart Shuttle is the premier source for your transportation in Ventura County with taxis, town cars, limousines and vans and provides transportation to and from the Los Angeles International Airport, Bob Hope Airport, and Santa Barbara Airport as well as local transportation around Ventura. All shuttle reservations must be made directly by attendees. Remember to make your reservations for pick-up from and return to the airport in advance. To make reservations at the discounted GRC rate, call and request the GRC rate.
Airlines and Airports
- Bob Hope Airport (BUR)
Bob Hope Airport is located in Burbank, California and is 60 miles from Ventura. Many major airlines (including Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and US Air) fly to BUR.
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Los Angeles International Airport is about 65 miles south of Ventura. Most major domestic and international airlines fly to LAX. Visit the Airport’s web site for a complete list of airlines.
- Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA)
Santa Barbara Airport is located about 40 miles north of Ventura. Many major airlines (including Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, ExpressJet, Horizon, United, and US Air) fly to SBA.
- Enterprise Rent-a-Car (Phone: 800-261-7331)
Enterprise offers discounted rates on auto rentals for Gordon Research Conferences attendees. Click here to make reservations online at this special GRC rate. If you are a member of the Emerald Club, you are eligible for a free upgrade when you book a midsize car.
- National Car Rental (Phone: 800-227-7368)
National Car Rental offers discounted rates on auto rentals for Gordon Research Conferences attendees. Click here to make reservations online at this special GRC rate. If you are a member of the Emerald Club, you are eligible for a free upgrade when you book a midsize car.
Special Accommodations for Before or After the Meeting
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Los Angeles International Airport North (Phone: 800-362-2779)
If you need to stay overnight in Los Angeles before or after the meeting, the Embassy Suites LAX North (9801 Airport Blvd, Los Angeles, CA) offers a discounted weekend rate of $166 per night (plus tax) and a discounted weeknight rate of $186 per night (plus tax) for GRC participants in 2017. The hotel is located half a mile from the LAX Airport and the special GRC rate includes complimentary internet and parking as well as the standard Embassy breakfast buffet, evening beverage reception, and 24-hour airport shuttle service. Reservations can be made online by going to laxembassy.com. Click on Reservations, then enter your stay information. Under the section labeled Special Accounts, enter 0009881122 in the second field titled Corporate Account Number. This will bring up the special rate and its availability and you can complete the reservation. In addition, you may call 1-800-EMBASSY (362-2779) and request the Embassy Suites LAX North. Tell the agent you are with Gordon Research Conferences (rate code: GOR) to bring up the special rate and complete your reservation.
- Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express (Phone: 805-658-1212 | Fax: 805-658-6347)
If you wish to stay at the conference site before or after the meeting, please contact the hotel in advance to make reservations. The Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express offers a discounted rate of $109 plus taxes per night for a single room. Contact Rachel Guirguis at email@example.com or 805-856-9515 to make arrangements for an extended stay.