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Symposium Location & Hotel

UPDATE: If the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort is full over the dates you are requesting, overflow accommodations information can be found here.


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Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort
12205 S. Apopka Vineland
Orlando, FL 32836
Tel: 1-800-423-3297 or 1-407-239-0444 and press the option for reservations when prompted.
Specify “11th International Vaccinium Symposium” or click here to access the Sheraton's Vaccinium Reservation link.

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Located in the heart of Orlando, less than a mile from the Walt Disney World® theme parks, Downtown Disney®, Premium Outlet, and Universal Studios®, the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort is a Walt Disney World® Good Neighbor Hotel, a designation that signifies it is AAA approved assuring comfort and cleanliness.

 

Special Group Rate Information
The Sheraton is offering Vaccinium participants a very special rate of $139.00 per night plus taxes (currently 12.5%) for single or double occupancy. The rate also applies to the Sheraton’s Florida Parlor Room. These are guest rooms with a separate living area, yet accessed through exterior corridors entrances.
SPECIAL NOTE: April is peak season in Orlando. It is recommended to make hotel reservations at the first opportunity in order to secure a guest room for the symposium.

  • Only attendees that book under the group will receive the following complimentary and reduced cost items: Complimentary wireless internet in the guest room, complimentary access to fitness center and business center, complimentary newspaper, and complimentary two bottles of water in guest room replenished daily. Reduced self-parking to $7.00 per vehicle, per day, and valet parking is $17.00 per vehicle, per day.
  • Facility Usage Fee: The guest room block and group rate negotiated with the hotel includes costs incurred to provide a large quantity of meeting space required for the symposium. If a sufficient number of guest rooms are not occupied by symposium participants, the organizers will incur additional costs for meeting room rental charges. Therefore, we encourage all symposium participants to stay in the host hotel. Participants NOT staying at the Sheraton during the symposium will be charged a $100 Facilities Usage Fee to cover their portion of meeting room rental charges incurred.
    [More about the Facility Usage Fee] NOTE: U. S. Federal attendees are exempt from the Facility Usage Fee due to federal per diem rate requirements.
  • Reservations must be made by March 15, 2016, 5:00pm local time (US EDT) to receive the reduced group rate on available rooms. Please be aware the block of rooms may fill before the deadline, so make your reservation as soon as possible. After March 15, 2016 the discounted rate is not guaranteed on possible remaining rooms.

TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION

  • Access the Sheraton’s Vaccinium Reservation Link (no longer available).
  • You may also contact the hotel by telephone at 1-800-423-3297 or 1-407-239-0444 and press the option for reservations when prompted. Identify yourself as a participant of the11th International Vaccinium Symposiumto receive the group discounted rate.
  • USDA Federal attendees:  A limited number of guest rooms will be available at the federal per diem room rate. Contact the hotel direct to make a reservation by calling 407-550-1028. The 2016 federal per diem rate will apply, however the Vaccinium special group benefits cannot be honored at the federal per diem rate. Identify yourself as a participant of the11th International Vaccinium Symposium. A valid federal ID will be required at check-in as proof of rate qualification. Payment must be made in the form of a government issued check or credit card. 
  • The group rate will be honored three days prior to and three days following the symposium dates, based on availability.

IMPORTANT ITEMS TO NOTE:

  • All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.
  • Deposits are refundable if notice is received by the hotel at least 72 hours prior to arrival and a cancellation notice is obtained.
  • $50.00+ Early Departure Fee: Advise the Hotel at least 48 hours in advance of the date on which you will be departing early to avoid being charged an early departure fee of $50.00 plus tax.
  • Internet Access: Only Vaccinium attendees who book within the group block will receive complimentary in-room wireless internet (excluding reservations booked at the federal per diem rate).
  • Parking Fees: Only Vaccinium attendees who book within the group block receive reduced self-parking fee of $7.00 per vehicle, per day (excluding reservations booked at the federal per diem rate).
  • The Sheraton offers free scheduled shuttle service to and from the Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks: Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.
  • Check-in Time: 3:00pm | Check-out Time: 12:00pm
  • Florida government participants: To receive tax exempt status, payment must be made in the form of a government issued check or credit card and be accompanied by a Florida sales tax exemption certificate presented at check-in.
  • No porterage or maid gratuities will be included or automatically charged to your room and both are at your discretion. Suggested Customary Gratuities for Hotel Staff are:
    • Baggage Handling $5.00 per room, each way
    • Housekeeping $3.00 per room, per day (housekeepers may change from day to day, and it is recommend housekeeping gratuities be placed out daily.)

UPDATE: If the Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort is full over the dates you are requesting, overflow accommodations information can be found here.


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