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46th Annual ACH Conference, Martinique, 2014

The 46th Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Historians will be held in Fort-de-France and Schœlcher in Martinique from Sunday, May 11, to Friday, May 16, 2014. Registration will open on Sunday afternoon, and sessions will begin that afternoon.  The conference fête, our annual dinner and dance—both highly recommended and a central feature of this organization—is Thursday evening, May 15, and three optional field trips to nearby historic venues, including Saint Pierre, are scheduled for Friday, May 16.  Please make your travel plans accordingly.   

CONFERENCE VENUE AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Conference activities will be held in two locations, the historic heart of Fort-de-France (at the Atrium or debating chamber of the Conseil général, and the Bibliothèque Schœlcher), and in Schœlcher at the Université des Antilles-Guyane, Bibliothèque Universitaire.

The main conference hotel is the Hôtel Batelière, a four-star hotel priced at 115€, double 130€, including a buffet breakfast and free wifi; rates are valid from May 11 through May 17.  Reservations should be made with the hotel reservation desk at: reservation@hotelbateliere.com (they prefer email rather the telephone requests).  Be sure to use the code name “ACHM14” (which stands for ACH Martinique 2014), and be aware that requests are processed manually so it may take a day or two before you receive confirmation.

Additional rooms have been reserved at Le Squash Hôtel at 93€ for a single/double, which also includes free wifi and breakfast.  Please be aware that this hotel is more basic than the Hôtel Batelière.  To reserve a room at Le Squash Hôtel, please email reservation@squashhotel.com or call + 596 (0) 596 72 80 80.   The conference code for this hotel is “ACH2014.”

These reduced conference rates are only guaranteed through March 15, 2014, and a credit card will be required to hold each request.  After that date, the conference rate cannot be guaranteed.  For more information about these sites and its amenities, visit the hotel websites at:

Hôtel Batelière: http://www.hotel-bateliere-martinique.com  
Le Squash Hôtel: http://www.karibea.com/martinique/hotel_squash.php

Airport Shuttle Information:
The Local Arrangements Committee is organizing shuttle service from the airport to the conference hotels between Friday, May 9 and Monday, May 12, as well as return to the airport between Thursday, May 15 through Saturday, May 17.  The cost will be 8 euros each way.  If you are interested in reserving a space on the airport shuttle, please contact:
Dominique Rogers (dominique.rogers@wanadoo.fr) or Laetitia Bechet (bechet.laetitia@gmail.com)
You will need to provide:

Please note that if you do not chose to use the airport shuttle service, taxi service is approximately 35 euros (or $50 U.S.) each way, and taxis are readily available at the airport. 



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