2017 Annual Meeting Hotel and Travel

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GHSA's 2017 Annual Meeting, Highway Safety in a New Era, will take place at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, KY.

Louisville is a dynamic and growing city, dubbed one of the “10 Best New Food Cities” and a center of arts and culture at the nexus between the Midwest and the South. It melds history and modernity, industry and creativity, all on the banks of the majestic Ohio River. Check out our list of suggested restaurants, attractions, and outings in Louisville here.


GHSA's negotiated room rate is $175/night for a single/double room, plus state/local taxes. Please note that there are a limited number of rooms within the block, and that rooms are available first-come, first-served. It is strongly advised that attendees book hotel reservations as soon as possible. This rate may be honored two days pre- and post-meeting, based on availability. To book, visit https://aws.passkey.com/e/49024249 or call 800-533-0127 and identify yourself as a GHSA Annual Meeting attendee.

Conveniently located in the heart of Louisville, this hotel excels when it comes to accommodation, meeting spaces, dining, and sightseeing. The Louisville Marriott Downtown is the perfect blend of high-tech and luxury, offering a full business center, state-of-the-art health club and pool, concierge service, and a variety of onsite dining options.

Alternate Hotels

GHSA recommends all attendees stay at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, but should the block become sold out, below are a few suggestions of local options in close proximity to the Annual Meeting. Note that GHSA does not have a contract or guaranteed rate with these hotels.


Airport Ground Transportation

Louisville International Airport (SDF) is approximately eight miles from the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Estimated one-way taxi fare is $18. Ridesharing services are also available, picking up from the lower level of the terminal. There is no shuttle service from the airport to the hotel. The Louisville Marriott Downtown's website contains a wealth of information regarding travel options, which can be accessed here.

Transit Authority of River City (TARC) provides bus service from the airport, which costs $2.50 each way. TARC buses pick up at the island on the east end of the terminal. Schedules are available at the airport Information Booth.


On-Site Parking at the Marriott is $27 per day. A variety of rental companies can be found at the airport and near the hotel.

Public Transportation

Transit Authority of River City (TARC) provides bus service in downtown Louisville and its surrounding areas.

About Louisville

Kentucky DerbyFrom baseball bats to Thoroughbreds, Louisville is a unique Southern city with a host of attractions that are sure to delight and entertain visitors of all ages and interests.

The iconic Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum, site of the GHSA Taste of the State event on Tuesday night, pay homage to the Thoroughbred horse – a hallmark of what makes Kentucky so special. Most major league baseball bats are manufactured downtown at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, which is definitely worth a tour.

Other prime attractions include The Belle of Louisville, the oldest operating steamboat still in existence today, and the Muhammad Ali Center, with its award-winning museum telling the boxer’s incredible life story. 

Downtown Louisville, site of the GHSA 2017 Annual Meeting, is home to two unique entertainment destinations. Just a few blocks away, West Main Street bursts with vitality and creative energy, from its 120 foot bat to the red penguins roaming its rooftops. Its extraordinary collection of Victorian cast-iron historic facades, combined with striking contemporary architecture, has made West Main Street one of the most creative arts-inspired cultural districts in the nation. And be sure to check out Fourth Street Live!, the entertainment district that connects the city’s riverfront to its main east/west thoroughfare, Broadway. 

Visitors to Louisville won’t go hungry. In fact, Zagat named Louisville “one of the top eight ‘awesome foodie getaways in the world’” – the only U.S. city so designated. 

We hope you can join us in this beautiful city!

Want more info on things to see, do, and eat in Louisville? Check out our suggestions here!

What to Wear

The average temperatures in Louisville in September are 82°F (high) and 60°F (low). Meeting attire is business casual. We recommend dressing in layers, as hotel meeting room temperatures can fluctuate. Casual attire is appropriate for all social events.


For questions regarding hotel or travel, contact Margaret Maxwell at mmaxwell@ghsa.org or 202-789-0942.

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