General Information

ABRF 2019 Annual Meeting Location

The ABRF 2019 Annual Meeting will take place in Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio from March 23-26, 2019. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is located near the banks of the River Walk in downtown.

The San Antonio International Airport is only 9 miles away from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Click here for directions to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Hotel Reservations
A block of rooms has been secured at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk for ABRF attendees at discounted rates. Government Rates are also available. Please visit the Hotel and Travel page for more information.

Visitors Information
Please click here for visitor information.

Banking and Foreign Exchange
The official currency in the United States is US Dollars. The US Dollar ($) is divided into 100 cents; notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1. Banking hours in the United States are generally Monday through Friday, 09:00 – 17:00. A few banks are open on Saturdays as well. You can withdraw money from ATM bank machines using your credit card and make purchases in stores and restaurants. Signs display accepted credit cards or you can ask the retailer. Check with your local financial institution to verify if you are able to use your home bank card or credit card prior to travel.

ATM bank machine service is available in the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk.

City Map
Click here to view a city map San Antonio.

Climate
The average high and low temperatures in March are 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 53 degrees Fahrenheit respectively. March is a wonderful month to visit San Antonio.

Dialing Codes
The USA country code is +001, while San Antonio landlines start with a 210 area code, followed by a 7 digit number.  The International access code for the United States is 1. While in the United States, you can call the directory information service number 411 for assistance in finding a phone number. Calls to area codes 800, 877, and 866 are toll-free in the United States. To make an international call, dial 011 followed by the country code, city code, and telephone number.

Dining Out
Whether you’re looking for the best steakhouses and the finest seafood restaurants or just a hearty, affordable breakfast and a fun, family-friendly place to eat dinner, the restaurants in San Antonio offer something for everyone.  For a list of great places to dine and to make reservations, please visit the San Antonio website by clicking here.  

Electricity
Electric power is standardized in all states across the USA. It is set at 110 Volts and 60 cycles. If you bring any electrical appliance to the USA, you may need an adaptor to fit the US electrical receptacles. You may also need a converter to change the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

Language
The official language of the meeting is English. Translation service will not be provided.

Name Badge
The ABRF badge must be worn at all times for admission to the scientific sessions, exhibits, and social events.

Smoking Policy
Smoking is banned in all public places including all enclosed or partly enclosed public areas.  

Tax
The combined sales tax rate for San Antonio is 8.25%.

Tipping
Restaurant prices do not generally include a service charge, unless dining with a large group. It is customary to leave a tip of 15-20%.

Transportation
San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
Getting to downtown San Antonio is easy and convenient from cities across the U.S. and around the globe. The city offers daily nonstop flights to and from over 30 cities and thousands of domestic and international flights weekly.  The airport terminals are easy to navigate. Click here to visit the San Antonio International Airport’s website.

Rental Cars
A variety of car rental options are available at the San Antonio International Airport.

Click here for a list of rental car agencies available at the Rental Car Center.

Train
If you would like to travel by train, the closest Amtrak station to downtown San Antonio is located in 350 Hoefgen Street, San Antonio, TX 78205. This station is located approximately 19 minutes away from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Public Transportation

Bus Service
Local bus service is available by VIA. It provides bus and paratransit service for the community and operates weekly from 4:00 am to 1:00 am. VIA was awarded the Outstanding Metropolitan Transit Agency for 2017 by the Texas Transit Association and their mobile app received a Smart 50 Award for Mobility, allowing people to buy tickets on their phones and see what is near them at any given stop. More information is available at https://www.viainfo.net.

Taxi
The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is about nine miles from the San Antonio International Airport. Taxis are located at the airport, most hotels, attractions, and shopping centers.

Base fare and rates are displayed on the meter and include a flag drop charge plus a per-mile and/or a per-hour charge. Many companies provide taxicab service at San Antonio International Airport. If you need a taxi, simply follow the signs leading to the Ground Transportation by Terminal A. Fare to downtown San Antonio starts at $29 per cab.

Taxi Associations in San Antonio
San Antonio Taxis (Armadillo Taxi, Arrow Cab, Concord Cab, etc.): (210) 444-2222                   
Excel Cab: (210) 444-2222
National Cab: (210) 434-4444
AAA Taxi Service: (210) 599-1111
Yellow Cab Taxi: (210) 222-2222
Towne Car Taxi: (210) 826-8294