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Conference, Lodging and Travel Information

Our 31th H.S.A. Conference will be held at the J. Wayne Reitz Union (655 Reitz Union Drive on the University of Florida Campus) from October 17-19, 2019. For direction and parking information, please visit https://www.union.ufl.edu/AboutUs/DirectionsandParking

Lodging.  We made arrangements with two hotels:  Reitz Union and Gainesville Holiday InnOur primary lodging facility is the Reitz Union Hotel, a small hotel at the heart of the University of Florida campus and on the 5th and 6th floor of our 2019 conference site.  Our two-person occupancy rate including continental breakfast is as follows:

  • 17- Standard 2 Double bed rooms ($99 group rate)
  • 2- Standard 1 Queen bed rooms ($99 group rate)
  • 4- Deluxe 2 Queen bed rooms ($109 group rate)
  • 6- Deluxe 1 King bed rooms ($109 group rate)
  • 2- Business Suites ( 2 double beds + 1 sofa sleeper) ($119 group rate)
  • 2- Executive Suites (2 queen beds + 1 sofa sleeper) ($129 group rate)

Please visit the website for more information at https://www.union.ufl.edu/UnionHotel.  Code for the conference is HSA2019.  You can also book by calling the front desk and mentioning that same group code.  The front desk line is (352) 392-2151.

We also made arrangements with the Gainesville Holiday Inn (1250 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, USA – 1.1 mile to the Reitz Union; 17 minute walk through UF campus).  To register please click on Haitian Studies or copy and paste to your browser the following link:  https://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=HI&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=GNVUC&_PMID=99801505&GPC=HSA&cn=no&viewfullsite=true 

When the booking screen opens, please enter your dates (arrival and departure).  Then also select the “More Options” button to ensure the group code (HSA) is listed. 

If you prefer to call the hotel directly and book via telephone, the reservation line is (352) 376-1661.  Please request for the group booking code: HSA

Should there be an issue, please contact the Director of Sale Tony Saccaro at dosm@theuniversityhotel.com.  Rates are as follows:

  • Thursday 17 October, standard room will be $119.00
  • Friday and Saturday rooms will be $130 (because of the Tom Petty Festival).

The rates include continental breakfast.  Transportation is provided to and from the airport and to the conference site provided that you make your reservation for transportation.

Please make your reservation prior to Friday, September 20, 2019 to benefit these great rates. ALSO remember there is a Tom Petty Festival, so book rooms early!!

Traveling to Gainesville “where nature and culture meet”

Gainesville regional airport (GNV) is served by American Airlines and by Delta. From northern major cities, American Airlines changes aircrafts in Charlotte, NC (CLT), while Delta does it in Atlanta (ATL). From southern cities and the Caribbean American Airlines stops in Miami (MIA) for Customs and changes aircraft.

Jacksonville (JAX) and Orlando (MCO) are good alternative when more than one person travels.  They are both international airports served by American Airlines, Delta, United, JetBlue, and Spirit, where you can rent cars to be dropped or kept in Gainesville.  JAX is 90 minutes northeast of the Holiday Inn and the Reitz Union. MCO is two hours south with tolls via Florida’s Turnpike and I-75 North. 

JetBlue departs from Port-au-Prince (PAP) at 5:00 pm and arrives at 7:28 in MCO; it leaves MCO at 1:44 to arrive in PAP at 4:00 pm. 

Should you need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Florence Sergile at fsergile@sergile.org.