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What To Wear:
Casual business attire is acceptable for most events; please dress comfortably. In July, average temperatures are around 90°F during the day and 73°F during the evening in Orlando. Business attire is requested for the James Bryant Conant Award banquet on Thursday evening. Also, because meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones vary widely, we recommend you bring a sweater or jacket to meeting sessions and outdoor functions.

Ground Transportation:
Mears Transportation is a regular shuttle service between Orlando International Airport and The Peabody Orlando Hotel. The cost is $15.00 per person one way, or $25.00 per person roundtrip. Upon arrival, you can purchase airport and attraction transportation at one of four Mears Motor Shuttle counters at the airport baggage claim on Level 2. All transportation will depart from Level 1. The counter personnel will direct you to your vehicle. You DO NOT need to make advance reservations. For transportation back to the airport, return reservations are required at least two hours before departure and can be made at the Mears desk in The Peabody Orlando Hotel lobby. Return shuttles depart 45 minutes past the hour, every hour. Taxi service is approximately $40.00 one way.

Please go to Mears Transportation's Web site,, or call 407.423.5566 for further information and detailed shuttle schedules.

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ECS Discounted Air Travel:
United and Delta Airlines are our official co-carriers for this meeting. They are offering a 10% discount off unrestricted coach fare or 5% off the lowest applicable fare. To take advantage of these discounts, please call United directly at 800.521.4041 or Delta at 800.241.6760. Please refer to the following meeting discount codes: United #510YI and Delta #203063A. A 21-day advance purchase with a Saturday night stay offers the greatest savings.

**NOTE: ECS Committee Members MUST use the ECS travel agency, Travel and Transport at 866.481.4040.
ECS committees are as follows:

  • Steering Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • National Forum Planning Committee

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Hotel Reservations:
The meeting headquarters hotel is:

9801 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
407.352.4000 (main number)

You are responsible for arranging all hotel accommodations or cancellations. Rooms are limited, so book as early as possible!

Please call the Reservations Department directly at the main hotel number above or National Reservations at 1.800.PEABODY. Ask for the "Education Commission of the States" room block to ensure you get the group rate of $129 + 12.5% tax for a single- or double-bed room. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.; check-out, 12:00 p.m. If you would like a confirmation number for your reservation, please ask the hotel reservations department for one when you make your reservation.

Reservations will not be accepted without a credit card number or deposit. The Peabody Orlando Hotel requires a one-night deposit by credit card. Your reservation will be guaranteed for late arrival.

Reservations must be received by The Peabody Orlando Hotel by June 18 to get the ECS group rate. Reservations made after this date can only be accepted on a space-available basis and not necessarily at the ECS group rate.

In the event the room block at The Peabody Orlando Hotel fills before June 18, please call Dara Piltz at 303.299.3621.

Be sure to ask for the Education Commission of the States room block to ensure you get the group rate.

Room Cancellation
Should it be necessary to cancel your reservation, please call the hotel main number at least 72 hours before arrival. If you fail to cancel your reservation within 72 hours of arrival, you will be charged for one night's room and tax.

Hotel Amenities:

  • All rooms include: individual climate control, two-line phone with voice mail and data ports, wireless high-speed Internet access, color TV with cable/satellite, writing desk with a lamp, in-room pay movies, hair dryers, iron/ironing board
  • Three award-winning restaurants to choose from: The B-Line Diner (casual, open 24 hours); Dux (fine dining) and Capriccio (Italian Chop House); plus 24-hour room service and the Atrium Lobby Bar
  • Peabody Athletic Club boasts 17 Nautilus stations, free weights, cardiovascular machines, personalized fitness training, steam room, sauna and whirlpool
  • Spa facilities with a range of therapeutic and muscle-specific Swedish and Shiatsu massage
  • Olympic-size lap/swimming pool, extra large outdoor whirlpool and children's pool with waterfall
  • Four lighted, hard-top tennis courts (free for guests)
  • Nu-London Salon (full-service salon) features a range of services for men and women, manicures, pedicures and facials
  • Swim Shop stocks leisure wear, hats, bathing suits and t-shirts
  • Lobby Gift Shop stocks newspapers, magazines, toiletry items and children's gifts
  • Lobby Boutique has an array of men's and women's fashion clothing and accessories
  • Captain's Choice Golf Pro Shop offers golf tee times reservations, complimentary transportation to the courses, rental clubs and fully stocked pro shop
  • Complimentary self-parking for all registered guests; valet parking is $7 daily, $10 overnight
  • I-RIDE Trolley Service offers 78 stops along the International Drive Resort Area ($.75 cents single fare)
  • For more information on the hotel, please go to (

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Vacation/Things To Do in Orlando:
To help plan your vacation or for more information about the sites and activities in Orlando, please contact the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau at 407.354.5513 or visit their Web site at

Web Sites/Links:  (Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau) (vacation planning, discount tickets) (lists all kinds of hotels, restaurants, activities) (daily newspaper lists entertainment, shows) (Pointe Orlando retail complex right across from the hotel - over 60 stores and restaurants) (exclusive shuttle to/from airport and hotel)

Points of Interest: (all things Disney - 15 minutes from hotel) Theme Parks – Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney MGM Studios and Disney Animal Kingdom; Water Parks — Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach (see the whales, minutes from hotel) (Universal Studios, minutes from hotel) (swim with the dolphins and snorkel with the fish, minutes from hotel) (visitor center 45 minutes away)

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