October 11-14, 2009
Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center
Detroit, Michigan
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Home to Motown, hot cars, rich culture, Vegas-style gaming, and year-round sports, metro Detroit is an affordable, accessible Midwest destination. From distinctive cultural institutions, new casino hotels, and a beautifully transformed riverfront, to championship sports, exciting nightlife, and delectable dining options, The D is an active area with the utmost in hospitality. Ranging from traditional favorites to nouveau, award-winning cuisines, a diverse and tasty selection of dining options await. With Canada just across the river, Detroit also provides the opportunity for a national visit, all close to a convenient, attractive, and entertaining downtown!

Conference Hotel

Low Fares to Detroit

Transportation Between the Detroit Marriott and the Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center

Ground Transportation Between Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport and the Detroit Marriott

Cobo Hall Convention Center

The 2009 Conference on Information Technology will be held at the Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center. Cobo Center is Michigans World Class meeting and convention facility. The complex, located on the bank of the Detroit River, is the centerpiece of downtown Detroit's Civic Center, overlooking the Detroit River and its international neighbor, Windsor, Canada. Cobo is linked to all downtown Detroit hotels and entertainment districts by the Detroit People Mover, the only elevated railway system of its kind in the United States.

Conference Hotel
Conference participants should make lodging reservations directly with the following hotel. When making your reservation, please request the group rate for “Conference on Information Technology or LEAGUE FOR INNOVATION”.

Marriott Detroit

Marriott Detroit at the Renaissance Center
Click on the above link and you will be directed to a page with the code already entered in the appropriate field. All you need to do is enter your arrival date to begin the reservation process.
Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48243

Reservations: (800) 352-0831 - Mention that you are with the LEAGUE FOR INNOVATION in order to receive the discounted group rate.
$159 single/double (plus state and local taxes, currently at 15%)

All reservations must be accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

Reservations can be canceled without penalty up until 6:00 p.m. day of scheduled arrival. Name changes can be made without penalty.

Complimentary 800, 888, and credit card calls for conference participants.
Complimentary use of the health club for conference participants.


Transportation Between the Detroit Marriott and the Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center

People Mover

Conference participants have three ways to get back and forth between the Detroit Marriott and the Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center where all conference activities are being held: (1) Visit Detroit will provide a complimentary shuttle service during the times below to help conference participants get back and forth between the Detroit Marriott and Cobo. (2) The People Mover is a safe, reliable, efficient, and accessible rail transportation service. (3) In nice weather, it is a beautiful three block walk between the Detroit Marriott and Cobo that takes about 10 minutes either way.

Visit Detroit personnel will be stationed at the Detroit Marriott and Cobo to assist conference participants consider their options for travel, which include, the shuttle service, the People Mover, cabs, or walking to and from their destination.

Shuttle Service
The shuttle service between the Detroit Marriott and the Cobo Center will run continuously during the following hours:

Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Monday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Detroit People Mover
The Detroit People Mover is a 2.9 mile (4.6 km) automated people mover system that operates on a single-track, one-way loop through the central business district of downtown Detroit, Michigan.

Visit Detroit will sell People Mover passes and tokens at a table near the conferences registration area in the Cobo Center, as well as provide information about downtown restaurants and various attractions.

How much does it cost to ride the People Mover?
The People Mover charges $.50 per trip or $1.25 per day for conference participants.

How long does it take to get to the Cobo Center from the Detroit Marriott via the People Mover?
Almost 10 minutes. The People Mover runs in one direction, counterclockwise, and there are eight stops between the Detroit Marriott and the Cobo Center. Most conference participants will likely want to walk or take the shuttle in the mornings to get to the Cobo Center. In the afternoon, most conference participants will likely walk or take the People Mover back to the Detroit Marriott.

How long does it take to get to the Detroit Marriott from the Cobo Center via the People Mover?
Almost 5 minutes. There are only three stops between the Cobo Center and the Detroit Marriott. Also, Visit Detroit is providing a complimentary shuttle service to assist conference participants move between the Detroit Marriott and the Cobo Center.

How frequently does the People Mover run?
The People Mover picks up at each station every 2.5 to 3 minutes. There is a station inside the Cobo Center. The entire circle takes 15 minutes. The hours are

Monday through Thursday: 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Ground Transportation Between Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport (DTW) and the Detroit Marriott

Shuttle Service
Enjoi Transportation Solutions ($50 round trip per person)
Reservations can be made via phone at (877) 365-6487 or (313) 758-1000, via fax at (313) 758-1001, or via email at glynn@enjoitrans.com. Credit card payments will be accepted. Please note: Anyone who does not cancel their reservation within 48 hours of their scheduled arrival will be charged the price of a one-way trip ($25).

Upon arrival at Detroit Metro Airport, you will be met by a greeter who will assist you to the shuttle service's registration table and onto a waiting shuttle that will transport you to the Detroit Marriott. Ground transportation service will be available on a 24-hour basis throughout the conference dates. Enjoi Transportation Solutions strongly encourages conference participants to make reservations at least 48 hours before arrival. However, ground transportation will be provided to conference participants upon same-day arrival to Detroit Metro Airport.

Additional Ground Transportation Options



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