Frequently Asked Questions

I missed the deadline to submit an abstract. Is there any way I can still participate in the conference?

Absolutely! You can participate as a conference attendee. This will grant you access to all of the presentations and other activities planned. Please find the registration form and payment details here.

When is the deadline to register?

The registration deadline is November 30th for a reduced rate. After this date, the registration fee will be raised. You will also be allowed to register at the event. For the registration form and fees, please click here.

Do you accept cash, checks, and/or credit card payments for registration?

We only accept checks for registration payments. Please make checks out to:

Florida International University
(write HT2015 in the memo)

Send checks to:
2015 Tourism Conference
LC 304
Attn: Michelle Lamarre
African & African Diaspora Studies
Florida International University
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33199

Is any funding available to conference participants?


How will I get from the airport to the hotel?

Transportation from the airport to hotel will be the responsibility of each conference participant. There are a number of private services you can consult with for your transportation needs. A local taxi or Super Shuttle is the best option, as public transportation is unreliable. Information on airport transportation services and rates can be found here.

How will I get from the hotel to the university?

A shuttle will depart every day of the conference from the Comfort Suites Miami/Kendall at 8:15 am. There will also be a shuttle to return there at the end of the day. If you make a reservation at this hotel on your own, please be kind to notify Reyni Valerio so that she's aware and has an accurate count for transportation purposes. Here you should also keep in mind that in order to get the negotiated hotel rate, conference participants must give the group code.

Are meals provided for the duration of the conference?

Meals are not provided for the duration of the conference, however food will be provided at the opening ceremony and luncheon on Friday to those who have opted in. Otherwise, participants can find food in various places on campus, such as Chick Fil A, Chili’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Starbucks, and the Faculty Club, which serves healthy meals for lunch. The conference hotel is on a main road with many restaurant options.

If time permits, you can even check out some popular Black-owned and operated restaurants. Here are a few:

Tap Tap Haitian Restaurant (Haitian, South Beach)
819 5th St., Miami Beach, FL 33139
Contact: 305-672-2898

Jackson Soul Food (Southern, Overtown)
950 NW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL 33136
Contact: 305-374-7664

Jamrock Cuisine (Jamaican, Kendall)
12618 SW 88th St., Miami, FL 33186
Contact: 305-598-7625

What is there to do in Miami when I’m not involved with the conference?

Miami is a lively place full of culture and entertainment. When the conference is out of session, you can spend time in the sun on South Beach or roam through up-and-coming neighborhoods such as the Wynwood Arts District. We will also offer optional activities for participants which can be found by clicking here. For other things to do in Miami, please click here.

What day should I arrive in Miami? What day should I book for my return?

It is advised that you arrive in Miami on February 11th. This will ensure that unforeseen circumstances, such as winter storms, do not impact your travel plans. Arriving on February 11th will give you ample time to get settled. The conference program will be posted on the website at the beginning of December. You can make judgments on travel based off of this document.

I may need assistance with visual/audio equipment during the conference. Who can I speak with about setting up my presentation?

We will be asking all conference presenters to come with a flash drive with their eventual power point presentations. In that way, the time taken by the passage from one speaker to another will be reduced. We strongly discourage people to try to hook up their own laptop computers before presenting their papers.

Will there be an opportunity to meet with AADS faculty and students? How can I learn more about the programs offered?

AADS faculty and students will be around during the entire conference. Many graduate students will probably volunteer to help with the management of the conference. Documentation about AADS will also be left on tables in the conference room.

My question was not answered here. Who should I contact for assistance?

You can contact the conference coordinators at or call Reyni Valerio at 305.348.4156.