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THE INVITATION


Catedral de Barcelona.
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / G. Foto

Placa de Sant Joseph Oriol.
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge

Mirador de Colom.
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / J. Trullas

TLPA President William "Bill" Rouse and the leadership invite you to Barcelona, Spain for the 2013 Mid-Year International Leadership Conference, July 9-12, 2013 at the Le Meridien Barcelona.

THE DESTINATION: BARCELONA, SPAIN


Carrer al barri de la Ribera.
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge

Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar.
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge

Carrer al barri de la Ribera
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / J. Trullas

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, after Madrid. About five million people live in the Barcelona metropolitan area. It is also the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea. It is located on the Mediterranean coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs and is bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola ridge.

Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city is known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as world-class conferences and expositions and also many international sport tournaments.

Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm, dry summers. Its average annual temperature is 68 °F during the day and 52 °F at night. The average annual temperature of the sea is about 64 °F. In the warmest months — July/August, the typical temperature ranges from 77 to 88 °F during the day, and about 68 °F at night and the average sea temperature is 77 °F. Large fluctuations in temperature are rare, particularly in the summer months.

THE DESTINATION HOTEL


Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge

Palau Dalmases
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / J. Trullas

Barri Gotic.
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge

Le Méridien Barcelona
La Rambla 111
Barcelona 8002, Spain
Phone: 34 93 318 6200
In United States, call: 1-800-543-4300

The hotel has reserved a limited number of rooms for the group. The special group rates are as follows:

Double Deluxe room for single occupancy    215€
Double Deluxe room for double occupancy 235€

Other room types may be available as well. Please inquire directly to Michelle Hariston at mhariston@tlpa.org or 301-984-5700.

The buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant, is included in the above mentioned room rates. Rate quoted is in Euro, and is subject to local taxes. Local VAT is presently 8%, not included in the above-mentioned rates, and is subject to change as per local law. Rate does not include any other applicable taxes, such as city tax.

The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the main attractions of Barcelona. Just minutes from the hotel, discover the ancient Gothic Quarter, the Boquería market and Liceo Opera House or simply indulge with designer outlets on the Paseo de Gracia and the supreme architecture of the renowned Gaudi landmarks.

The Hotel does not offer triple rooms; however they can offer double rooms plus a rollaway or sofa bed. The supplements will be as follows:

  • Children up to 2 years old: free of charge
  • Children 3 till 12 years old: 55 € per night
  • Children 12 +: 90 € per night
  • VAT 10% not included. Buffet breakfast included.
  • City tax not included, only to be paid for children from 16 years old

RESERVATION PROCEDURE


Port Olimpic.
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge

Port Vell
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / G. Foto

Rambla de Mar - Port Vell
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge

On-line: Information will be available soon

Check-In Time is 03:00 PM and Check-Out Time is 12:00 PM.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Click here to see the tentative agenda.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

Click here to register online.

UNITED STATES TO SPAIN TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS


Mercat de la Boqueria
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge

Port Olimpic.
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / Espai d'Imatge

Park Guell – Banc ondulat.
© 2013 Turisme de Barcelona / J. Trullas

Entry / exit requirements for U.S. citizens: Spain is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Spain for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. You need sufficient funds, evidence of hotel reservations or an official letter of invitation if you will stay with family or friends, and a return airline ticket.

Traveling with children: In an effort to prevent international child abduction, many governments have initiated procedures at entry/exit points. These often include requiring documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child's travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian not present. Having such documentation on hand, even if not required, may facilitate entry/departure.

Visit the Embassy of Spain's website for the most current visa information. For more information concerning entry requirements for Spain, travelers should contact the Embassy of Spain at 2375 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037, telephone (202) 452-0100 or (202) 728-2340, or the nearest Spanish Consulate in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, or San Juan.

ARRIVING BY PLANE

Barcelona El Prat Airport is located 12 km away from Le Mèridien Barcelona, around 20 min. by car. A taxi ride to the hotel will cost around 30-35 € each way. There is also a bus (Airbus), and a train that stop in Plaça Catalunya (200 meters from the hotel). The rate for both train & bus is around 5 €. The hotel has private transfer at your disposal. The price for 1-4 people per way is: 72 EUR. Use this link to reserve your private transfer http://upg.starwoodpromos.com/?u=1228625F57C951C.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

GPS Coordinates: N 41º23' E 2º10´

From El Prat Airport, Barcelona
  • Follow C-31.
  • Turn right onto C-32B towards Barcelona/Ronda de Dalt.
  • Continue on B-10.
  • Take Exit 21 towards La Rambla.
  • Turn right onto Passeig de Josep Carner.
  • At the roundabout, take the 4th exit.
  • Continue along Avinguda del Paral-lel.
  • Turn right onto Ronda de Sant Pau.
  • Turn right onto Ronda de San Antonio.
  • Turn right onto La Rambla.
  • Turn right onto Carrer del Pintor Fortuny.
Le Mèridien Barcelona has parking with limited space. We recommend you book it in advance. The price per day is 37.8 EUR (TAX included).




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