TRAVEL AND PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Our host city for GTNF 2019 is Washington, D.C. The center of political and legislative power for over 240 years, it is also one of America’s most diverse cities. We have compiled some general information to help you plan your trip to GTNF 2019 this September. Details and prices were correct at the time of the website’s launch, but please check for the most up-to-date information before you travel.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that GTNF participants and delegates purchase insurance offering coverage for health and other risks associated with travel to and from the United States and Washington, D.C. The GTNF Trust will not be held liable for any issues stemming from a delegate’s participation in any GTNF event or function.

 

Electronic Devices and Airport Security

To avoid delays and serious inconveniences, please ensure that all electronic devices, including laptops, phones and similar devices, are sufficiently charged to be switched on at airports.

E-cigarettes and other battery-powered, portable electronic smoking devices cannot be checked as hold luggage but can be carried as hand baggage/carry-on items.

Please also see the “Electrical Information” section below for information on the use and recharging of electronics during your stay.

 

Visa/Entry Requirements for the United States

Visa requirements may be subject to change, so please check on the relevant websites before you travel.

Under the United States Visa Waiver Program (VWP), citizens or nationals of participating countries are allowed to travel to the United States on business or leisure for up to 90 days.

However, you must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval before entering the United States. You need to apply for this online at least 72 hours before you travel.

To read more about the requirements for U.S. entry, and to access the ESTA page, visit:

https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/application.html.

Citizens or nationals of Canada, Mexico, India, China and Israel, as well as other countries that do not participate in the United States Visa Waiver Program should check with their own embassy or consulate before they travel.

We strongly recommend that you apply for a visa well before the event date in order to avoid unnecessary delays.

 


FROM WASHINGTON, D.C., AIRPORTS TO HOTELS/VENUE

Directions from the Four Seasons Hotel (and GTNF registration and venue) to the Westin Georgetown Hotel, Washington, D.C. (10-12 minute walk)

  • Head northeast toward M Street NW.

  • Turn left onto M Street NW.

  • After a quarter of a mile, take a slight right onto Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

  • After 108 feet, turn left onto 29th Street NW.

  • After 217 feet, the Westin Georgetown Hotel is on the left.

 

From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to Hotel/Venue

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport offers nonstop flights to more than 95 destinations via eight airlines. It is situated just across the Potomac River in Virginia and is the closest airport to the nation’s capital.

The airport has a dedicated Metro stop on the blue and yellow lines. To catch a taxi, look for the official taxi stand outside the baggage claim area. The journey into central Washington, D.C., will cost between $15–$20. You can also share rides with apps such as Uber and Lyft.

 

From Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Hotel/Venue

Washington Dulles International Airport is 26 miles from Washington, D.C., in suburban Virginia. This is the main international airport for the Washington, D.C., region.

Dulles Airport has its own access road to speed up journeys via car, taxi or airport shuttle. The Washington Flyer taxi line is a dedicated service for Dulles Airport. You can find the taxi stands outside the main terminal. A journey into central Washington, D.C., will cost about $60 to $70.

You can use the Metro’s silver line extension to reach Dulles Airport. Washington Flyer offers a Silver Line Express Bus that stops at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station about 15 minutes away. The bus fare on the Silver Line Express will cost you $5 for a one-way trip, and you can purchase tickets inside the airport near arrivals door #4.

For more information on parking and car rentals, visit the Dulles Airport transportation and parking page.

 

From Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) to HOTEL/Venue

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is generally known as BWI and is situated in Baltimore, Maryland, about 30 miles from the Washington, D.C., city center.

A MARC/Amtrak train route shuttles between the airport and Union Station. Taxis, Uber and Lyft are also available at the airport.

 

GETTING AROUND THE CITY

Probably the best ways to travel around Washington, D.C., are the Metrorail and Metrobus services, which also connect with the suburban areas of Maryland and Virginia.

The five train lines are designated by color: red, yellow, blue, green and orange. The basic fare on the subway is $1.95, and railcards are the most convenient way to pay. There is an extra cost during the morning and evening rush hours and for longer trips.

Rail fare cards (available at all Metrorail stations) can be used in the automatic turnstile gates to enter and exit subway platforms. Fares are charged every time you leave a Metrorail station.

 

SUGGESTED RESTAURANTS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

The huge range and quality of Washington, D.C’s, restaurants and bars reflects the diversity of the nation’s capital. Here are just a few suggestions. Prices show a range from starters to main courses.

CHIKO – Modern Chinese/Korean - http://chikodc.com The mix of Korean and Chinese cooking includes specialties such as orange chicken made with candied mandarins and chilled, marinated littleneck clams. $9–$18

TAIL UP GOAT – Mediterranean - http://www.tailupgoat.com  The menu includes cod croquettes; bialy with trout roe, duck egg, and creme fraiche; pasta puttanesca with candied olives; whole stuffed porgy; and rosemary cake. $12–$36

FIOLA MARE – Italian Coastal – https://www.fiolamaredc.com On Washington Harbour with views of the Potomac River is the perfect place to offer superb seafood, and Fiola Mare does just that. Its lobster ravioli and Seafood Tower are stars of an outstanding fish-focused menu. Best of all, it is just seven minutes walk from the GTNF 2019 venue.  $16–$75 for the signature Seafood Tower for two people.

LE DIPLOMATE – Bistro French – https://lediplomatedc.com - They say this restaurant was “Painstakingly built out of a historic structure that harnesses the artful spirit of a Parisian brasserie …” The extensive menu features classics including onion soup gratinee, steak frites and escargots, bouillabaisse and cassoulet. $12–$52

BROTHERS AND SISTERS – American/Japanese/Formosan – https://www.brothersandsistersdc.com “The Neoclassical atrium lobby of Adams Morgan’s hip Line Hotel provides a theatrical backdrop for innovative chef Eric Bruner-Yang’s breakfast all-day and dessert selections that give American fare a Japanese and Formosan edge with international accents.” $7–$28

THE SALT LINE – New England and Chesapeake Seafood - http://www.thesaltline.com - Lonely Planet says, “With lovely river views and a buzzy crowd, Salt Line is a Navy Yard hot spot with a seaside atmosphere. Oysters from $2.50 each to mixed seafood towers at $90 for 2–3 people.

CALL YOUR MOTHER – Jewish Deli - https://www.callyourmotherdeli.com - The Eater says, “The self-described ‘Jew-ish’ bagel shop and deli in Park View is very popular. The za’atar covered bagels and unusual sandwich fillings, including peach jam, cream cheese, bacon, jalapenos and potato chips, are part of the reason...” $8–$14

UNCONVENTIONAL DINER – Diner+ - https://unconventionaldiner.com This diner certainly lives up to its name! American comfort food with a twist, such as a towering Caesar salad made “dirty” with squid-ink garlic croutons. $7–$27

FARMERS FISHERS BAKERS – Farm-inspired American - https://www.farmersfishersbakers.com - Located in Washington Harbour (Georgetown), this restaurant serves a diverse menu of food and drinks, ranging from flatbreads to grilled meats to sushi made with local seafood. The decor is a mix of crazy and chic. There is also a patio overlooking the Potomac River. $6.50–$30.50

BOURBON STEAK (FOUR SEASONS HOTEL) – Modern Steakhouse - https://www.fourseasons.com/washington/dining/restaurants/bourbon_steak/?seo=google_local_was5_amer – Bourbon Steak is a sleek meat-lovers’ restaurant located within the Four Seasons Hotel, our GTNF venue. Filet mignon with certified Angus beef is one of its signature dishes, and it offers an excellent range of bourbons and cocktails. $15-$40 and well beyond for some of the steak dishes.

MARTIN’S TAVERN - http://martinstavern.com - “Although not a restaurant, Martin’s is Georgetown’s oldest bar, opened in 1933 when Prohibition ended. A dark wood decor and vintage sports photos add to the old-fashioned charm. Expert bartenders will serve your Guinness or gin martini with equal aplomb.” $14–$35

 

THINGS TO SEE & DO IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Washington, D.C., is one of the nation’s best-served cities for art, culture and interactive museums. This is just a small selection of attractions in the city:

NATIONAL AIR & SPACE MUSEUM - https://airandspace.si.edu - See the iconic machines of air and space travel. The flagship building on the National Mall in Washington, D.C, shows hundreds of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets and more. The museum also boasts a planetarium and an IMAX theater.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES - https://www.archives.gov/dc - Visit Washington, D.C.,’s most historic museum and learn about the founding of the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are all on display here.

NEWSEUM - http://www.newseum.org - The Newseum is an interactive museum that promotes free expression and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution while tracing the evolution of communication. The seven-level, 250,000-square-foot museum is located in Washington, D.C., and features 15 theaters and 15 galleries. Note: This is a must-see, as the Newseum will be closing its Pennsylvania Avenue site at the end of 2019.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART - https://www.nga.gov - The National Gallery of Art, and its attached Sculpture Garden, is a national art museum in Washington, D.C., located on the National Mall, between Third and Ninth Streets, at Constitution Avenue NW. Open to the public and free of charge, the gallery’s collections tell the whole story of Western art.

WASHINGTON MONUMENT AND NATIONAL MALL - https://www.nps.gov/wamo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm  Built to honor George Washington, the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first President of the United States, the Washington Monument was once the tallest building in the world. The Washington Monument is located at the center of the National Mall between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.

THE U.S. CAPITOL - https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit/book-tour-capitol - The United States Capitol, often called “the Capitol Building,” is the home of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Though no longer at the geographic center of the Federal District, the Capitol forms the origin point for the District’s street numbering system and the District’s four quadrants.

THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESShttps://www.loc.gov The Library of Congress (LOC) is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress and is the de facto national library of the United States. It is housed in three buildings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The Library of Congress has claims to be the largest library in the world.

U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM - https://www.ushmm.org - Located between 14th Street and Raoul Wallenberg Place SW (formerly 15th Street), this impressive museum tells the story of the Holocaust through objects, films, photos and oral histories. The museum offers free admission and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL - https://www.nps.gov/linc/index.htm - The grand Lincoln Memorial towers over the Reflecting Pool, anchoring the western end of the National Mall. The best way to approach the memorial is from the east, by the Washington Monument and the National World War II Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial honors Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.

OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOUR - https://www.trolleytours.com - You can step off at any of 25 stops to explore the surrounding monuments, historic buildings and attractions. One hundred-plus points of interest with live narration offer a comprehensive overview of the entire metro area.

FORD’S THEATRE (and Ben’s Chili Bowl!) - https://www.fords.org – A working theater, memorial, museum and learning center, Ford’s Theatre explores and celebrates the life and legacy of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. The site of Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865, Ford’s Theatre offers visitors a glimpse of America’s past in a present-day context. While you are in the area, be sure to visit the legendary Ben’s Chili Bowl—info@benschilibowl.com—for every possible variation on this classic American dish.

INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM - https://www.spymuseum.org - The newly re-engineered museum offers immersive, state-of-the-art exhibits that display the past, present—and future—of spying as art and science.

                                          

GTNF 2019: DRESS CODE

For the two full days of the GTNF 2019 event, the preferred dress code is business, i.e., normal office wear.

For the Women in Tobacco (WIT) reception and the welcome reception on the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 24, the preferred dress code is once again business.

For the GTNF reception and dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 25, the dress code is business/semi-formal and for women, if preferred, cocktail dress/“little black dress” or dressy separates.

For the closing reception on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 26, the dress code is business casual. (This is generally interpreted as leisurewear but not faded denim, cut-off trousers, shorts or sports gear).

 

SPECIAL DIETS: Please contact Arpi Shively (arpi@thinkeventmktg.com) before Sept. 15, 2019, if you have special dietary requirements. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – GENERAL INFORMATION

Currency

The following rates give you an idea of the currency conversion between the U.S. dollar (USD/$) and major currencies (as of March 2019):

$1.00 = £STG 0.76

$1.00 = €0.89

$1.00 = ¥6.72

Please check online before traveling for the latest rates. All major credit cards are accepted at both of our Washington, D.C., hotels and at most retail outlets in the city.

Time

Washington, D.C., operates on Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is UTC/GMT minus six hours at the time of year when the event is held.


Weather Information

Autumn or “fall” in Washington, D.C., usually brings fine weather with little rain. Nighttime temperatures range from 40 degrees F to 60 degrees F (4 degrees C to 15 degrees C), and daytime highs can range from 50 degrees F to 79 degrees F (10 degrees C to 26 degrees C). A light raincoat and comfortable shoes are advisable, plus one or two warmer layers for cool evenings.


Electrical Information

The United States uses 110 volts to 120 volts AC (60 cycles), compared to 220 volts to 240 volts AC (50 cycles) in most of Europe, Australia and New Zealand. If your small appliances use 220 volts to 240 volts, you’ll need a 110-volt transformer as well as a plug adapter with two flat parallel pins to operate your appliances in the United States.

As transformers that change 220 volts–240 volts to 110 volts–120 volts are difficult to find in the United States, we strongly suggest you bring one with you.

For further details, please visit Power Plugs and Sockets of the World:
https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/us/england/.

 

 

For further details, please contact:

Elise Rasmussen, Executive Director, GTNF Trust

elise@gtnf.org

Tel: +44 777 564 5048 (Mobile)

 

For all media inquiries, please contact the GTNF press office:

david@davidroach.co.uk

Tel: +44 7757 719 948 (Mobile)