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									CONFERENCE HOTEL: PLASTICITY 2009, will take place at Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, January 3-8,2009. See details at: 26/PCPlayer.swf&P2=pres.swf&MsgID=1967056&TRK=1&pn=Frenchman's%20Reef%20Marr iott%20-%20Virtual%20Tour The resort has its own private beach. The temp. is expected to be 75-80 F. St. Thomas is close to Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands (Virgin Gorda & Tortola), St. John, Cuba etc. There are direct flights from several European countries in the neighboring islands and direct flights to St. Thomas from New York, Washington, Chicago and other US cities. A block of rooms has been set aside at a very special rate (single or double $ 160 for resort view, or $ 180 for ocean view rooms, per night, plus tax), even for this peak season; the regular rate is more than double of the symposium rate. More information will be provided for reservation after we receive your acceptance. St. Thomas and neighboring islands of St. John, Virgin Gorda & Tortola, are famous for its unspoiled natural beauty. RESERVATION: Search for Marriott st. Thomas Frenchman’s Reef (click on ‘more options’ under reservation), or copy and paste the following in your browser: oDate=3/25/08&numberOfGuests=1&numberOfRooms=1&marriottRewardsNumber= Under the group code, enter one of the two options: The 7 letter code is “NEANEAB” – for Resort View Rooms ($160 per night plus taxes) & “NEANEAA” – for Water (ocean) View Rooms ($180 per night plus taxes). Alternatively, call 1-888-236-2427 (toll-free) in the USA and Canada (or any of Marriott‟s worldwide reservation numbers). ANOTHER HOTEL, BOLONGO BEACH RESORT: Reminder: The conf. hotel (Marriott) is now full. We have arranged small block of rooms at low rates for the conf. at a new hotel. You will need to move fast to reserve rooms there. Bologo resort hotel is much smaller hotel than Marriott (it does not have all facilities as Marriott). But because it is small, you will walk out of your room and you will be on the beach as opposed to taking an elevator at Marriott and walking 5 minutes to the beach.

There will be no transportation provided by the conf. between the two hotels but taxi is fairly inexpensive especially if 4-5 persons share the taxi in the morning and afternoon (it may be only a few $ each trip per person in shared taxi). You will not be charged extra registration fee if you stay at this hotel. The room rate is $200 per night plus taxes for an oceanview room. The website is: To reserve you need to either call the hotel directly or send an E-mail; they do not have on-line reservation. They will need a three night deposit which is refundable if you cancel your reservations 22 days before arrival; for cancellations within 21 days of arrival, you will lose your 3 night deposit. Guest must identify themselves as participants of the International Symposium on Plasticity to ensure they are given the conference rate. In order to qualify for this rate they require a 5 nights minimum stay, and that reservations are made directly with the resort by calling 1 800 524 4746 or emailing EARLY DEPARTURE PENALTY If a participant leaves early, after a departure date confirmation at the time of check-in, there will be a penalty.

OTHER HOTELS APART FROM THE ABOVE HOTEL: If a participant stays at a hotel different from the above hotel, or make reservations for the above hotel using internet wholesalers (e.g. Orbitz, ….) or travel agents, then he/she will pay a higher registration fee (additional $US 125, see Registration Form). This is done because the organizers get the special rates for the participants by guaranteeing a certain no. of rooms. If this „quota‟ is not met, the hotel charges penalties to the organizers. The additional registration fee partly reimburses the penalties charged to the organizer. You must make reservation by directly contacting the hotel to avoid additional registration fee. OTHER ADVANTAGES FOR MAKING A DIRECT RESERVATION RATHER THAN THROUGH A WHOLESALER (e.g. Orbitz , Expedia, The reservations made directly through the hotels after identifying yourself as part of this conf. can be cancelled without any penalty up to 30 days before conf. As far as we know, these advantages are not there if you reserve through wholesalers or travel agents.

INSURANCE: The conf. organizers are not liable for your health, hotel room or for any other thing related to the conf. The reservation is directly between you and the hotel. Please carry your own insurance for any protection that you desire.

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