2004 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Travel Information

March 14–18 · 2004 TMS ANNUAL MEETING · Charlotte, North Carolina



Charlotte is a city with history in minerals, metals, and materials. Of the four symbolic statues in the town square, one depicts a goldminer, another a railroad builder, and another a mill-worker. Charlotte is a progressive city. It is the second largest financial center in the US. Celebrate the city’s differences, yet come together to create an atmosphere conducive to business and recreation while in Charlotte. Individuals from all corners of the US and around the world create the diverse population. Diversity extends into its business, neighborhoods, attractions, and restaurants including more than 100 within walking distance of the Charlotte Convention Center.


The Westin Charlotte Hotel is the largest hotel in Charlotte. It is located across the street from the Charlotte Convention Center. The hotel offers a premiere Uptown location in the heart of the city’s financial district. A convenient trolley stop takes guests to the city’s hottest dining and entertainment district. All guest rooms and suites feature the Heavenly Bed, dual-line telephones with voice messaging, large work desk, in-room data port, complimentary gourmet coffee, in-room movies, and minibar. Our full-service concierge and well-equipped business center are available to attend to all those last-minute details. A gourmet restaurant and an outdoor café are guaranteed to satisfy any palate. A number of attractions are within minutes of the hotel including the shops and restaurants of Historic South End, the Charlotte Convention Center, and Ericsson Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is only 15 minutes from the convention center and Amtrak rail station is only 2 miles from the center. Public transportation of buses and trolleys, provided by CATS, is managed by the Public Transit Department of the City of Charlotte.


Shuttle service will be provided to the convention center from the following hotels only: Holiday Inn, Adams Mark, Marriott City Center, and the Omni. The shuttle service is available beginning Sunday, from noon to 6:00 pm. Monday, the shuttle service is available 7:00 am through 6:00 pm. Tuesday and Wednesday, the shuttle service is available 7:00 am through 6:30 pm. Thursday’s service begins at 7:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm.


A special guest hospitality area will be hosted each day of the meeting from 7:00 am till 10:00 am in the Westin Charlotte Hotel. TMS will sponsor a continental breakfast for the convenience of spouses and accompanying persons of meeting attendees. The Guest Hospitality Room will be a good place to meet, socialize, and gather before tour departures.

To register an accompanying person, please provide your guest’s name on your meeting registration form. They will receive a complimentary badge identifying them as a Conference Guest, which allows admission to the TMS Exhibition and Reception, and the Guest Hospitality Room.

Note: The conference guest badge is intended for spouses and accompanying persons of registered attendees and for identification only. It does not permit access to technical presentations.


US Airways, is the Official Carrier for attendees to the 2004 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

US Airways agrees to offer an exclusive low fare for TMS Annual Meeting attendees traveling to Charlotte.

This special fare will offer a 5% discount off First or Envoy Class and any published US Airways promotional round trip fare. A 10% discount off unrestricted “Y” or B8US/B4AUS fares applies with 7 day advance reservations and ticketing required. Plan ahead and receive an additional discount by ticketing 60 days or more prior to departure. These discounts are valid provided all rules and restrictions are met and are applicable for travel from all points on US Airways’ route system. These discounts are not combinable with other discounts or promotions.

US Airways will also offer exclusive negotiated rates for attendees who are unable to meet the restrictions of the promotional round trip fares. Certain restrictions, including advance purchase requirements, may apply. Additional restrictions may apply on international travel.

Discounts are valid March 11 through March 21, 2004.

To obtain these TMS 2004 discounts, you or your professional travel consultant must call US Airways’ Group and Meeting Reservation Office toll free at (877) 874-7687; 8:00 am – 9:30 pm, Eastern Time.


Once your reservations are confirmed, US Airways will mail the tickets to you or suggest several other convenient methods of purchase.

If you normally use the services of a travel agent or corporate travel department, please have them place the call so that they may obtain the same advantages for you. The special meeting fare is only available through the US Airways Group and Meeting Reservation Office.

US Airways group and meeting customers may take advantage of special negotiated rates with Avis Rent A Car. Please call Avis, toll free, at (866) 629-6995 and Reference AWD K609400 for additional information.


Hertz has been selected as the Official Car Rental company for the 2004 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, March 14-18, 2004 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Meeting rates listed below are based on roundtrip rentals, with free unlimited mileage, are guaranteed one week prior through one week after the actual meeting dates and are subject to availability. Rates are available from Charlotte, North Carolina locations.

Advance reservations may be made by booking online at or calling the Hertz reservations line at 1-800-654-2240 in the US; 1-800-263-0600 in Canada; International - contact your nearest Hertz reservation center. Identify yourself as an attendee of the TMS 2004 Annual Meeting & Exhibition and reference the following CV number:


You must give the reservations agent the Hertz CV# to receive the special rates. Advance reservations are recommended.

  Daily Weekend Weekly
Car Class
(Per Day)
(Per Day)
5–7 Day
A Economy-2Dr $38.99 $22.99 $149.99
B Compact-4Dr $43.99 $25.99 $164.99
C Midsize-2/4Dr $47.99 $27.99 $179.99
D Sporty-2Dr $49.99 $32.99 $194.99
F Fullsize-4Dr $52.99 $34.99 $209.99
G Premium $57.99 $39.99 $219.99
I Towncar $71.99 $63.99 $306.99
L 4WD/AWD SUV $71.99 $63.99 $306.99
R Minivan $74.99 $65.99 $314.99
U Convertible $71.99 $63.99 $306.99

Terms and Conditions:

  • One-way service fee will apply when cars are not returned to renting location.
  • Additional daily charges for optional coverage (Loss Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Insurance, Personal Effect Protection, refueling and state tax) are not included in the above rates.
  • Drivers must meet standard Hertz age, driver, and credit requirements.
  • Hertz is a frequent flyer partner with US Airways, Delta, Northwest, United, and American Airlines. Frequent flyer information may be requested at time of car booking.
  • Weekly rentals are from five to seven days. Weekend rentals have a minimum two-day keep and Thursday pick-up requires a minimum three-day keep.


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