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Advance Information: 47th Annual ACH Conference,
Nassau, Bahamas, 2015

The 47th Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians will be held in Nassau, Bahamas from Sunday, May 17, to Friday, May 22, 2015. Registration will open mid-day on Sunday, and sessions begin later that afternoon. The conference fête—our annual dinner and dance and a central feature of this organization—is Thursday evening, May 21, and an optional field trip to nearby Clifton National Park, historically important as the sight of both Lucayan Indian and African slave habitation, is scheduled for Friday, May 22. Other receptions are scheduled on evenings through the week. Please make your travel plans accordingly.   

CONFERENCE VENUE AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Most conference activities will be held on the campus of The College of The Bahamas, at the Performing Arts Centre.  Shuttle transportation will be provided to and from campus and the conference hotel.

The main conference hotel will be the Meliá Nassau Beach Hotel, located in Cable Beach and close to the city centre, shops, and restaurants (http://www.melianassaubeach.com).  A block of rooms has been reserved for our event at $169.00/night (this includes Nassau’s 7.5% VAT and 10% Room Levy, internet access, and breakfast each morning), and is available three days before and three days after the conference dates.

The conference rate will only be valid through April 17, 2015, and thereafter is subject to availability. 

Reservations should be made with the hotel directly, and a credit card is required to hold each request; a hold will be placed on your card at that time for the first and last night’s stay. To make a reservation, please use one of the following methods (if emailing or faxing, include your name, the group name, your arrival and departure dates, number in your party, and credit card information, as well as a means of confirming your reservation):

BY PHONE:    (242) 327-6000   (ask for Reservations)
BY EMAIL:     reservations.melia.nassau.beach@melia.com
BY FAX:        (242) 327-5968

In all cases, you must identify yourself as being part of the ASSOCIATION OF CARIBBEAN HISTORIANS to receive the group rate and to be counted in the group’s room block. After April 17, 2015, rooms from the block will be released and reservations subject to current market rates and availability. The Meliá’s standard rate is substantially higher than the $169 inclusive offered to the ACH. To receive this reduction, therefore, all reservations WILL BE CONSIDERED FINAL—this means that no refunds can be given from the time of booking.

In other words, please ensure that your funding is in place before making your hotel reservation.  Once you book your hotel room, you will be liable for full payment whether you attend the conference or not.

If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, the following hotels are also located in Cable Beach (listed from least to most expensive):

Coco Plum: http://cocoplumresortbahamas.com/
$105/night, taxes included
No breakfast, mini-fridge, AC, pool, restaurant on-site offers lunch and dinner
Best rate contingent on the number of nights booked. 
Contact Mr. Evans, manager, after 7 PM; (242) 327-6364

Nettie’s Place: http://www.nettiesplace.com/
$120/night before taxes ($148 after taxes and fees for single or double occupancy).  Subject to change.
Lunch and dinner available on-site for an additional fee, except Tuesdays; wifi in public areas
Contact: (242) 327-8153, ask for Shirley

Sandyport Beaches and Resort Hotel: http://www.sandyportresort.com/
One bedroom Deluxe: Sleep 4-This suite consist of a hotel size king bed, full kitchen with microwave, dish washer, and kitchen utensils. Jacuzzi, shower and a half bath off living room.  Walk- in Closet, dining table with four (4) chairs, separate living area with a pull out couch. Discounted nightly rate $165.00 + 20% ($33.00)

Two bedrooms deluxe Suite: Sleeps 8- This suite consist of a hotel size king bed, full kitchen with microwave, dish washer, and kitchen utensils. Jacuzzi, shower and a half bath off living room.  Walk- in Closet, dining table with four (4) chairs, separate living area with a pull out couch. It will connect with a standard hotel room that has 2 Queen Size bed, 32” flat Screen TV, full bathroom, desk with chair, coffee maker. Discounted nightly rate $215.00 + 20% ($43.00)

Three bedrooms deluxe Suite: Sleeps 10- This suite consist of a hotel size king bed, full kitchen with microwave, dish washer, and kitchen utensils. Jacuzzi, shower and a half bath off living room.  Walk- in Closet, dining table with four (4) chairs, separate living area with a pull out couch. It will connect with a Studio (B Unit) that has one queen bed and standard hotel room that has two queen beds. Discounted nightly rate $315.00 + 20% ($63.00)

Hotel room: Sleeps 4- This room has 2 Queen Size bed, 32” flat Screen TV, full bathroom, desk with chair, coffee maker). Discounted nightly rate $99.00 + 20% ($19.80)

Studio: Sleeps 2-This room has an open floor layout with 1 queen size bed, full bath, a table with 2 chairs, Mini Kitchen with a small refrigerator, microwave, 2 burner stove and coffee maker.  Discounted nightly rate $128.00 + 20% ($25.60) 

Contact: 327-4279; resort@sandyport.com; reservations@sandyport.com

Breezes Hotel: http://www.breezes.com/
All inclusive.
Deluxe Garden View: US$170.00 per person per night, based on double occupancy
US$255.00 per person per night, based on single occupancy
US$153.00 per person per night, based on triple occupancy
Deluxe Ocean View: US$190.00 per person per night, based on double occupancy
US$285.00 per person per night, based on single occupancy
US$171.00 per person per night, based on triple occupancy
Contact: salescoordinator2.bahamas@superclubs.com ; (242) 327-5356

Other Affordable Options located in the east of the island (not in Cable Beach):

Red Carpet: http://redcarpetinnselectbahamas.com/ 
$132 per night (VAT included) / two persons per room + free local calls and Free WIFI (mention COB discount). Contact: redcarpetinnselectbahamas@gmail.com

The Towne Hotel: http://www.townehotel.com/
Single & Double $95.00 ;  Triple $105.00 ;  Quad $115.00
Rates includes room, tax, services,  the Towne breakfast daily and free WIFI throughout the Hotel.  All rooms have A/C, cable TV, direct dial phone and staff on duty 24/7 at the front desk to assist our guests. Our restaurant and bar is open daily from 12 noon until 11pm and offers meals at very reasonable prices.  Contact: Ethel Mcphee, frontdesk@townehotel.com, 322-8450



Michelle Craig McDonald, Secretary-Treasurer, Association of Caribbean Historians: achsecretary@gmail.com.