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GOMD-DGG Hotel & Travel

GOMD-DGG Joint Annual Meeting


Meet up in Miami  

Sunday, May 17, noon

Hilton Miami Downtown hotel lobby


A destination like Miami has so much to offer to a visitor and much of it is easily accessible from the Hilton Miami Downtown. ACerS staff member and meeting concierge, Greg Phelps, will be in the lobby at noon on Sunday to help you connect with other GOMD attendees and provide directions to help you to explore Miami on your own (or with other GOMD attendees). Whether it is a visit to the world renowned Perez Art Museum or a double-decker bus tour of the Art Deco District, you will have a memorable time when you meet up in Miami. 


Hotel & Travel Information  

gomd_hotelHilton Miami Downtown

1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132 USA



RatesSingle/Double: $164  |  Student: $132 student rate is sold out

U.S. Government Employee Rate $146


Cutoff date: April 17, 2015


If you have difficulty making a reservation, need assistance with travel planning or have questions about the destination, please contact Greg Phelps of ACerS.



Miami International Airport (MIA) is located 15 minutes from the Hilton Miami Downtown, and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is located 35 minutes from the Hilton Miami Downtown.


Getting around Miami

Miami Metromover—FREE!

Everybody rides free on Metromover. This 4.4-mile electrically-powered, fully automated people mover system connects major destinations.  The Adrienne Arsht Center Station at 1455 Biscayne Boulevard is less than a block away from the Hilton.  Nearby stops include the Perez Museum of Art, the American Airlines Arena, Bayside Market Place, Miami-Dade College and more. The Metromover inner loop and the outer loop (Omni and Brickell) run from 5 a.m. to midnight seven days a week. Trains arrive frequently.


Miami Trolley—FREE!

Miami boasts a fully integrated mass transit system in order to get just about anywhere within the region. Only steps outside the Hilton is the Biscayne Blvd route of the Miami Trolley.  This is a convenient and free way to get around.  The Miami Trolley runs from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 6 days a week and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday.


Visa Information

If you are a non U.S. resident planning to attend this meeting, please note that the process of obtaining a visa to enter the United States may take several months. If you require an invitation letter in order to obtain a visa, please click here.


Area information  

ACerS Concierge: Have questions about the meeting location? Contact Greg Phelps for assistance. 


With its refreshing beautiful guestrooms, the Hilton Miami Downtown is an alluring South Florida address. Discover the finest in downtown Miami accommodations, where engaging colors, sharp lines, and modern design elements welcome leisure and business travelers. Within, you’ll love our majestic skyline views and first-class service. Outside, the best of downtown is just minutes away – from South Beach nightlife and NBA action at American Airlines Arena to Bayside Marketplace, the city’s best food, fun, and shopping. Book one of our stylish Miami Florida hotel rooms and discover this inviting new destination. Check out 10 things to get to know Miami Beach like a resident. 


  1. Art Deco District – Walking Tours
  2. Hop On, Hop Off – Big Bus Sightseeing Tours
  3. Miami Culinary Tours
  4. Lowe Museum of Art Lowe Art Museum, featuring the Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts
  5. Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, featuring the special exhibit “Poetry in Clay: The Art of Ōtagaki Rengetsu”
  6. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
  7. The Everglades
  8. Miami Ducktours

  9. Shopping like the Rich and Famous 
  10. Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and Museum Park



Art Deco District – South Beach (aka SoBe) Walking Tours

The Art Deco Welcome Center – Miami Design Preservation League

1001 Ocean Drive (10th and Ocean), Miami Beach, FL 33139 | 1-305-672-201


SoBe is famous for the collection of Art Deco inspired architecture and consists of nearly 800 preserved buildings.  The Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL) recently opened the Art Deco Museum at their welcome center on the famous Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.   In addition to the new museum and gift shop, The MDPL hosts a wide range of walking tours, a great to learn about the architectural styles known around the world. The MDPL  is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving, protecting, and promoting the cultural, social, economic, environmental and architectural integrity of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District. Originally organized by Barbara Capitman and friends in 1976, it is the oldest Art Deco Society in the World.


Hop On, Hop Off – Big Bus Sightseeing Tours

301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132  |  1-800-336-8233


A great way to begin your visit to any city is a tour hosted by people who know the city….learn where you want to return!  The Big Bus sightseeing tour of Miami has been specifically designed to show you the best that Miami has to offer. You can enjoy it all from the comfort and great vantage point of our open-top buses, or hop-off wherever you like to explore the city’s top landmarks and best attractions before hopping back on to continue your journey with us.  There are several loops with stops a couple of blocks away from the Hilton Miami Downtown. 


Miami Culinary Tours



In a city as diverse as Miami, where do you start to recommend a restaurant?  A good way to start is a culinary tour hosted by Miami Culinary Tours.  From Cafe Cubano to Peruvian Ceviche to authentic Italian gelato, Miami Culinary Tours bring you everything South Florida’s culinary communities have to offer as well as the culture and tradition behind those doing the cooking.


 Lowe Museum of Art, featuring the Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts – University of Miami

1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33124-6310  |  1-305-284-3535


Established in 1952, the Lowe Art Museum features Miami’s most comprehensive collection of western and non-western art.  Designated a “Major Cultural Institution” by the State of Florida in 1987, the museum sits at the heart of the University of Miami. The newest wing, the Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts, is an incredible addition to the Lowe’s galleries of Renaissance and Baroque, Ancient and Native American, African, and Asian art. The Palley Pavilion  features a stunning $3.5 million glass collection with masterpieces by Dale Chihuly, Richard Jolley, William Carlson and some of the most talented contemporary artists working in glass, ceramics, and fiber art.


Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, featuring the special exhibit “Poetry in Clay: The Art of Ōtagaki Rengetsu”

4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446  |  1-561-495-0233


About an hour north of Miami Beach  is the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, with its unique gardens and collection.  It is one of Palm Beach County’s most treasured cultural attractions. Located in a tranquil natural setting, Morikami invites visitors to explore its many facets and discover Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan. The Morikami Collections house more than 7,000 Japanese art objects and artifacts, including a 500-piece collection of tea ceremony items, more than 200 textile pieces and fine art acquisitions. The 16 acres that surround Morikami’s two museum buildings include expansive Japanese gardens with strolling paths, resting areas, our world-class bonsai collection and lakes teeming with koi and other wildlife. The wider 200-acre park features nature trails, pine forests and picnic areas.


Special Exhibit:  Poetry in Clay: The Art of Ōtagaki Rengetsu

February 10, 2015 – May 24, 2015

Ōtagaki Rengetsu (February 10, 1791 – December 10, 1875) was a Japanese Buddhist nun and perhaps the most well-known female artist and poet of 19th century Japan. Rengetsu collaborated with potters, lacquerware craftsmen, and a variety of other artists to create myriad objects. Poetry in Clay brings together paintings, ceramics, decorative fans, tea ceremony utensils and calligraphy pieces. The objects comprising this exhibition are part of the largest private collection of works by Ōtagaki Rengetsu in the United States



Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami FL 33129  |  1-305-250-9133


Imagine a historic Italian estate in a spectacular subtropical setting and you’ll begin to imagine Vizcaya!  Built as the private winter home of American businessman James Deering in the early 1900s, Vizcaya is now open year-round for your enjoyment. Experience the beauty and history of Vizcaya’s majestic Main House and expansive bayfront gardens, just moments from downtown Miami



The Everglades


While Miami Beach may be home to the finest shopping, restaurant, and attractions, it is also near the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.  Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.  A thrilling way to experience the Everglades area is on an airboat.  There are numerous airboat operators south of Miami.  



Miami Ducktours

South Beach (Lincoln Rd, Collins), 1661 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139  |  1-305.673.2217


Now departing from the heart of Miami South Beach, Miami Ducktours provide a once in a lifetime journey though spectacular landmarks before a dramatic splashdown into our beautiful Biscayne Bay, for a close-up look at the many homes of the rich and famous on Star Island.  Soon after your journey begins, you’ll quickly realize that you’re engaged in an interactive trip that far exceeds your standard tour expectations!  Each tour guide has a background in acting and comedy, providing a highly entertaining experience passengers complete with jokes, music, plenty of fun games. But don’t let all of that joking around fool you! Each guide also has extensive  knowledge of the “Magic City.”  Through your journey, you’ll learn fascinating historical tidbits about Miami Beach, as well as inside information on our many celebrity residents.



Shopping like the Rich and Famous 


Bal Harbour Shops

9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154  |  1-305-866-0311

If luxury shopping is your thing, you are not limited to one place to go.  Bal Harbour Shops and the Miami Design District both offer the highest in quality in fashion and design.


The Miami Design District

roughly bound by North 36 St (US 27) to the south, North 43rd Street to the north, West First Avenue to the west and Biscayne Boulevard to the east]

 While Bal Harbour may be the original place for the ultimate in luxury fashion,  The Miami Design District is an 18 block area that is the alternative to Bal Harbour.  Home to many high end retailers, it is also home to over 130 art galleries, showrooms, creative services, architecture firms, stores, antiques dealers, eateries and bars.  The Design District, historically a part of the Buena Vista, is a neighborhood of greater Midtown, south of Little Haiti.


Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and Museum Park

1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132  |  1-305-375-3000


Museum Park is Miami’s scenic new waterfront oasis, which boasts a broad promenade from the boulevard to the bay, an extensive new baywalk, a great lawn, paths shaded by massive oaks, a sandy “beach” near the water’s edge, and unparalleled views of Biscayne Bay, PortMiami and the downtown skyline. The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is one of the many wonderful things to experience in Museum Par. Pérez Art Museum Miami is a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries.  Walking distance from the Hilton, guests can also take the free Metromover  or Miami Trolley. 


ROAD TRIP!  The Florida Keys, Key Largo to Key West

The Florida Keys are string of islands bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.  Take a 4 hour ride from Miami across 43 bridges and 31 islands to experience Key West, a Caribbean atmosphere complete with street artists, outdoor cafes and restaurants. Spend some time & explore Key West on your own. You may visit Ernest Hemingway’s House, The Southernmost point of the continental U.S.(the famous “90 miles to Cuba” Monument), The Mel Fisher Museum, the Light House Museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum or Mallory Square to mention a few. If you don’t want to drive, there are numerous companies that offer transportation between Miami Beach and Key West.


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