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27 junio - 01 julio 2015
Omni Parker House, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Hotel Reservation Deadline: 25 mayo 2015 11:59 EST (16:59 GMT)

Omni Parker House Hotel
Omni Parker House Hotel
60 School Street, USA


A Classic Soul With A Modern Twist: This grand luxury hotel has been symbolic to Boston’s rich history and culture since 1855. Nestled in the heart of downtown Boston, Omni Parker House is located along the Freedom Trail and at the foot of Beacon Hill, Boston Common, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall marketplace. Omni Parker House is just 2.3 miles from Logan International Airport (10 minutes).

  Love History? The Omni Parker House is America's longest continuously operating
  hotel. The legendary Saturday Club (Emerson, Thoreau, Longfellow and Hawthorne)
  held their meetings here as did many local and national politicians. Boston Cream Pie
  and the Parker House roll were concocted at this hotel and at one time the hotel's
  kitchen and dining room employed Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X.

As a Congress attendee, you will receive a discounted room rate and special savings at the Omni Parker House. OSA takes pride in negotiating the lowest possible rate for attendees while making sure the rate is competitive to other local hotels in the season the meeting takes place. To preserve the integrity of this meeting and future OSA meetings, we ask that you book within the block.

(not including taxes and fees)
Single/ Double USD $219.00
Extra Person USD $30.00
Taxes and Fees
Subject to Change
USD 14.450%
(State and Local Tax)
Room Rate Information: Rates will be honored 3 days prior and post conference dates. Room types on these dates are limited and based on availability. For the latest currency exchange, click here.

Hotel Reservation Deadline: 25 May 2015
  1. ONLINE - LINK COMING SOON!  Please Check Back.
  2. Call: + 1 800.843.6664 (Toll Free) or + 1 617.227.8600 (Local)
Request: The Optical Society (OSA) group room block or “2015 OSA Advanced Photonics Congress"

SPECIAL SAVINGS when booking in the block include:
  • Complimentary wireless access in meeting rooms
  • Complimentary wireless in-room internet
  • Complimentary bottled water upon arrival
  • Daily morning beverage delivery with newspaper
Check-in: 15:00
Check-out: 12:00

All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. Hotel will charge one night’s room and tax at the time of reservation. This amount will be refundable up to seventy two (72) hours prior to scheduled arrival date. In the event of a no show or unsheduled early departure, one night’s room and tax will be charged and the reservation will be canceled.
Hotel Parking Information:
  • Valet overnight parking with in and out privileges per 24 hours, fee: USD $39.75
  • This is the least expensive such fee among downtown Boston hotels
  • There are additional self-parking options nearby. Please let the Omni know you are interested in this option and they will direct you to the closest lot.
  • Click here for Offsite Parking Options.
Services and Amenities*
Hotel Dining*
Local Dining and Attractions*
*Do not book housing from these links – you will not get the group rate.

Visa Information

Letters of Invitation Information

Visa Information

Visa Application Guidelines
Visa Interview Information
Visa Renewals
Visa Application

Visa Information

Apply now for your Visa
The visa application process to enter the United States has become subjected to greater degrees of scrutiny than in the past. For this reason, the application process can take up to six months or more. You will need to apply for your visa as early as possible, but no later than three months before you wish to enter the United States.
Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism, pleasure or visiting (visa category B-2), or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2).

There are several steps to apply for a visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you apply. Please consult the instructions available on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you will apply.

Visa Waiver Program
There are 27 countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program. If your country is on this list, and you are traveling to the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or less with a valid passport that meets U.S. requirements, and the listed conditions do not apply to you, you do NOT need a visa. Otherwise, you need to obtain a visa.

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
As of 12 January 2009, all nationals and citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries will be required by law to obtain a travel authorization prior to initiating travel to the United States under the VWP. This authorization may be obtained through the Electronic System for Travel. For VWP passport requirements, see VWP-eligible passport.
Visa Application Guidelines:

Complete the Online Visa Application
  • Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160Learn more about completing the DS-160. You must: 1) complete the online visa application and 2) print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview.
  • Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. Your photo must be in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.
Schedule an Interview:

Personal Interviews can be critical to successfully and efficiently obtaining a visa to enter the United States. One factor contributing to the increase in the processing time is a personal interview that is now required for most applicants as a standard part of visa processing. Group interviews are not recommended. Applicants need to be prepared to clearly present their intent to return from the U.S. as well as explain in detail how they will be spending their time while in the United States. It is not enough to just state “I will be attending a meeting”. Embassies are looking for more details as well as documents and information that demonstrate and support these intents.

Individuals are strongly encouraged to contact the embassy or consulate to schedule a personal interview as soon as it is known a visa is necessary for travel. Be aware that it may be difficult to qualify for a visa outside of your place of permanent residence. Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early.
Helpful Information to prepare for your Interview:
  • There will be a non-refundable visa application fee. Review the instructions available on the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply to learn more about the fee payment.
  • Gather Required Documentation:
    • Passport valid for travel to the United States - Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States, unless exempt by country-specific agreements (PDF - 57 KB). If more than one person is included in your passport, each person who needs a visa must submit a separate application.
    • Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
    • Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview.
    • Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements.
    • Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of:
      • The purpose of your trip;
      • Your intent to depart the United States after your trip; and/or
      • Your ability to pay all costs of the trip.
      • Evidence of your employment and/or your family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of your trip and your intent to return to your home country. If you cannot cover all the costs for your trip, you may show evidence that another person will cover some or all costs for your trip.
Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant's residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a nonimmigrant tourist visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a nonimmigrant tourist visa.

Attend your Visa Interview:
During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.

After your visa interview, your application may require further administrative processing. You will be informed by the consular officer if further processing is necessary for your application.
When the visa is approved, you may pay a visa issuance fee if applicable to your nationality, and will be informed how your passport with visa will be returned to you. Review the visa processing time, to learn how soon your passport with visa will generally be ready for pick-up or delivery by the courier.

Visa Renewals:
Whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa, you will use the same application process. Some applicants seeking to renew their visas in certain visa classes may be eligible for the Interview Waiver Program (IWP) which allows qualified individuals to apply for visa renewals without being interviewed in person by a U.S. consular officer. Review the instructions on the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will apply to determine if the IWP is available and if you qualify.

Application: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english.html

Foreign Consulates in the Boston area:
Austria, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, Columbia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany,Greece, Haiti, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Venezuela. Cambridge:United Kingdom, Switzerland. Newton: South Korea. Honorary consulates in Boston: Bolivia, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Norway Pakistan, Poland,Romania, Sweden, Turkey. Non-sovereign:Taiwan.

  On-line Resources:
  U.S. Customs and Border Information
  Visa Waiver Program Frequently Asked Questions
  U.S. State Department Visa Information
  Department of Homeland Security
  National Academies International Visitors Office

OSA Management is not able to contact U.S. embassies in support of an individual attempting to gain entry into the host country to attend the conference.

If your visa is delayed or denied, please contact the consulate where your application is being processed. Review Visa Denials for detailed information about visa ineligibilities, denials and waivers.
  • Visitors are not permitted to accept employment or work in the United States.
  • Unless canceled or revoked, a visa is valid until its expiration date. Therefore, a valid U.S. visa in an expired passport is still valid. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not remove it from your expired passport. You may use your valid visa in your expired passport along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States.
For detailed information about applying for a visa, refer to the On-line Resource links provided above.

Letters of Invitation

Invitation letters take OSA Management 7-14 days to process.
Please fill out all the required information on the form completely to the best of your ability.
Important information regarding Visa Invitation Letters (please read):
  • Your name must be listed exactly as it appears on your passport. Any differences between the name on your passport and the name on your invitation letter or other documentation could lead to a delay and/or denial of your visa. 
  • If you are presenting a paper, include the title and session in which the paper will be presented, or if you are exhibiting, please indicate so in your request.
  • Please note that each individual requesting an invitation letter must fill out a separate form. 
  • All letters will be sent in PDF form to the email address provided. If a paper letter is required, please respond to the email. Requested paper letters will be sent complimentary through airmail. This option may take a few weeks to arrive. If you wish to expedite the process, letter will be spent through Federal Express with the recipient’s Federal Express account number or credit card number with an expiration date, please also include your billing address in the request email.
  • OSA Management reserves the right to request further information regarding the company or affiliation of the attendee to ensure the validity of requests. Meeting attendees do not need to wait until your paper is accepted to request a Visa Invitation Letter. OSA is unable to contact U.S. Embassies in support of an individual attempting to gain entry to attend a meeting.
  • We recommend that you secure your travel visa before registering for the conference as cancellations after the preregistration cutoff may result in a cancellation fee.

   How to Request a Visa Invitation Letter:

   Individuals requiring letters of invitation to obtain travel visas must apply using the online form.
Questions about the Visa Invitation Letter application process, contact: 

Email: invitations@osa.org

OSA Management – Invitation Letter
The Optical Society
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By Air
Airline Discounts
Transportation from Airports
SuperShuttle Discount
Rental Car Discount
By Ground
Amtrak Discount
Driving Directions
Parking Information


Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
1 Harborside Drive
Boston, MA 02128
+1 800. 235. 6426
There are numerous airlines that service Logan International Airport, including American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, Copa Airlines and Sun Country Airlines. Logan Airport is located a convenient two miles from the city center, with several public airport transportation options from downtown and suburban locations. There are approximately 40 airlines that serve Boston.
Flight Tracker

Boston is also serviced by these regional airports:
Airline Discounts:
  United Airlines
  You may book online at http://www.united.com and enter your Offer Code ZTAR in the Offer
  Code box when searching for your flights. If booking through a travel professional or United
  Meetings at +1 800.426.1122, please give them the following information:
  Agreement Code: 366983 Z Code: ZTAR
  Meeting Event Code 366983ZTAR is valid 24 June – 4 July, 2015 at BOS – Boston Logan
  airport only.

Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines Reservation Office. Experience dependable, first-rate service and earn miles in MileagePlus®, United’s award-winning frequent flyer program. To enroll in MileagePlus®, log on to www.united.com.

NOTE: 20 customers may have to book a flight to the same meeting with this code for the price to become valid.

Delta Airlines
Delta Airlines is offering discounts for domestic and international flights at (BOS) Boston Logan Airport when using the following codes:
Domestic: NMK5E (only valid 24 June – 4 July, 2015)
International: NMK8B (only valid 20 June – 8 July, 2015)
Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com or by calling the Delta Meeting Network Reservations at +1 800.328.1111. Please note that a Direct Ticketing Charge will apply for booking by phone.
When booking online, select Meeting Event Code and enter your Meeting ID in the box provided on the Search Flight page.

NOTE: 10 customers may have to book a flight to the same meeting with this code for the price to become valid.


Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is approximately 2.5 miles from the Omni Parker House. It normally takes 15-20 minutes to get to the hotel depending on traffic.


Reservations from Boston Logan International Airport are required. After collecting luggage, customers must follow the instructions below for their respective terminal. Customer must present confirmation number to the curbside representative for further assistance. Curbside representatives are available 7:00 to 23:00, daily. After hours, customers must call +1 617.567.8900 for further assistance.
  • Terminal A: Exit Door A 102 and cross two traffic islands to meet your van.
  • Terminal B1: Exit Door B104 on arrivals level and follow the pedestrian cross walk into the parking garage to meet your van.
  • Terminal B2: Exit Door B110 on arrivals level and follow the pedestrian cross walk into the parking garage to meet your van.
  • Terminal C: Exit door C106 on the baggage claim level. Cross two lanes   of traffic following the  overhead signs for "Shared Van" At the 3rd sidewalk turn left to the 2 poles with the red marker reading "Shared Ride."
  • Terminal E: Please exit Door E 104 Cross two traffic islands to meet your van in the limousine lot.
SuperShuttle Discount:
SuperShuttle is pleased to offer 10% discount off a roundtrip or one way reservation to participants attending the Congress. Please refer to the discount CUJFZ. Discounted reservations must be made on the SuperShuttle website. Discount does not apply to exclusive vans (which are already discounted) or pre-existing reservations.  Discounts cannot be applied retroactively. It is valid on select (Booking codes: ATF, EMG, EWC, and VAN) SuperShuttle and ExecuCar services nationwide.


Taxis service is available from each terminal (arrival level) curbside.
  Estimated Taxi Rates
  From Logan Airport to Omni Parker House:
  Fare average is between USD $20 and USD $28 depending on the traffic.

  To Logan Airport from Omni Parker House:
  Fare average is between USD $20 and USD $25 depending on the traffic.
The above rate is provides as a guide to help you make transportation choices and are not guaranteed. They are subject to change. Please consult your taxi dispatcher on arrival for current fares and information.

Rental Cars:

Approximately 12 rental car companies operate out of BOS, with vehicle rental sites located off the airport. All rental car companies serving Boston Logan now operate out of our consolidated Rental Car Center (RCC). A free Shuttle Bus Service is provided to get to the RCC and generally run every 5-6 minutes. Look for the blue-and-white shuttle buses at curbside on the lower level of each terminal.
Car Rental Companies
Directions to Rental Car Center

Car Rental Discount:
Avis Rent-a-Car is pleased to offer low rates with unlimited mileage to participants attending the Congress. If you wish to reserve a car please contact Todd Alexander at +1 800.525.7537 Ext. 35003 or the Meetings and Convention Department at + 1 800.525.7537. They can ensure that you maximize your rental dollars. Please mention AWD # D004076 when you call. Reservations may also be made on the Avis website.  
World Wide Telephone Numbers
The Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Number is D004076.
NOTE: This code is valid seven days before and after the conference.


Boston is well-served by ground transportation companies that run throughout the city.

MBTA Train Service:

Eco-friendly travelers can take advantage of Boston’s MBTA train service located only one block from the hotel.  
From Logan Airport, take the Blue Line to State Street station, which is only a three-minute walk to the hotel. Fare is USD $2.65 each way. Bus #22 stops at Terminals A and B and the Airport subway station. Bus #33 stops at Terminals C and E and the Airport subway station. Take the Logan Airport Terminal A shuttle bus towards the loop. Take the Bus Walk 1 minute to the Airport Station and take the MBTA Blue Line to Government Center.
  • MBTA Park Street Station (Red or Green line) is a four-minute walk
  • MBTA State Street Station (Blue or Orange Line) is a two-minute walk
  • MBTA Downtown Crossing Station (Red or Orange Line) is a four minute walk
MBTA Trip Planner

Long Distance Train:

  Amtrak has scheduled train service to Boston from New York and other points in the Northeast
  Corridor. The trip from New York City takes three and a half hours on Acela Express trains,
  and about four hours on other trains.

Train Station closest to the hotel:
From the Amtrak South Station, the cab ride to the hotel is USD $7.
South Station is the third terminal for Amtrak in Boston, near the Financial District and on the Red Line subway.

Amtrak Discount:
Amtrak is Congress attendees a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Vancouver between 24 June – 14 July, 2015. To book your reservation call Amtrak at + 1 800.872.7245 or contact your local travel agent.

Conventions cannot be booked via Internet. Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X64U-916 when making your reservation. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts. Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.


   Nationwide bus companies including Greyhound and Peter Pan stop downtown
   at South Station. Several regional bus companies offer scheduled service from
   Boston to New Hampshire, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New
   York City.
Want more information; check out the BOS Ground Transportation Brochure!


Please Note: If you are traveling with a GPS, you must enter the 02108 ZIP code into your GPS device or you will be directed to another School Street in the Boston area. A second option is to request directions toward 45 Province Street, which is located directly next to the Omni.

Take 95 South to Exit 46 and onto Route 1 South. Stay on Route 1 South and proceed over the Tobin Bridge (toll) into Boston. Take the left ramp onto Route 93 South, then Exit 24 for Government Center. Turn left onto John Fitzgerald Surface Road, then turn right onto State Street. Proceed straight; the road name will change to Court Street. Bear left onto Tremont Street, then turn left onto School Street. Omni Parker House is immediately on your right.

Take 95 North to Exit 12 and merge onto Route 93. Proceed on Route 93 into Boston and take Exit 24 for Government Center. Turn left onto John Fitzgerald Surface Road, then turn right onto State Street. Proceed straight; the road name will change to Court Street. Bear left onto Tremont Street, then turn left onto School Street. Omni Parker House is immediately on your right.

Follow the signs for 93 South to Boston-Quincy. Take Exit 24A
Government Center. Proceed straight onto Clinton Street to the first set
of lights. At the lights, take a left onto North Street. Follow North Street
to the end and take a left onto Congress Street. Follow Congress to the
first set of lights and bear right onto State Street (which becomes Court
Street almost immediately). Follow Court Street 1 block and bear left at
the fork onto Tremont Street. Follow Tremont Street to the next set of
lights and bear left onto School Street. The hotel will be on your right-
hand side.

Take Exit 23 Government Center/Faneuil Hall. At the top of the ramp, follow the signs for Government Center/Faneuil Hall. This will put you onto North Street. At the end of North Street (.25 miles), make a left onto Congress Street. Take your first right onto State Street (which becomes Court Street almost immediately) and follow it to the end, making a left at the fork onto Tremont Street. Take your first left onto School Street and Omni Parker House is immediately on the right.

Follow Mass Pike going Eastbound to Exit 24 B. This exit will put you on Route 93 going North. Follow the directions directly above for taking 93 North to get to Omni Parker House.

Exit the airport and follow the signs for the Ted Williams Tunnel. Take Exit 24 for 93 North. Follow 93 North to Exit 23 Government Center. At the set of traffic lights, make a left around the loop, which will put you onto North Street. At the end of North Street (.25 miles), make a left onto Congress Street. Take your first right onto State Street (which becomes Court Street almost immediately) and follow it to the end, making a left at the fork onto Tremont Street. Take your first left onto School Street and Omni Parker House is immediately on the right. You may also utilize Boston's MBTA train service.

Not coming from one of the above location?
Click here for Directions from where you are!

PARKING at the Omni Parker House

  • Valet overnight parking with in and out privileges per 24 hours, fee: USD $39.75.
  • This is the least expensive such fee among downtown Boston hotels.
  • There are additional self-parking options nearby. Please let the Omni know you are interested in this option and they will direct you to the closest lot.
  • Click Here for Offsite Parking Options.


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Standard 120v/60Hz voltage electricity is used in the United States. Read more information on international electricity.
Here is a website about international electricity that provides explanation and photos of the adapters and transformers you need for your appliances.
The US Dollar (USD) is the currency of the United States. Credit cards are widely accepted;
VISA and MASTERCARD are the most popular. Traveler’s checks are accepted at
currency exchanges or banks, but are not as widely accepted.
View the latest currency exchange rates.

International travelers can exchange currency at several booths in Logan Airport:
Boston Currency Exchange International - Copley Place, second floor,
100 Huntington Avenue; 170 Federal Street
Travelex Currency Exchange - 745 Boylston St.
Travelers can also exchange currency at any local bank.

Time Zone:
Boston is on Eastern Standard Time, 5 hours behind GMT and 3 hours ahead of Los Angeles (Pacific Time zone). The state of Massachusetts observes Daylight Savings Time - Clocks spring ahead an hour on the second Sunday in March and fall back on the first Sunday in November.

  Legal Car Rental Age:

  Renters must be at least 21 years of age to legally rent
  a motor vehicle. However renters between the age of 21
  and 24 will have certain rental restrictions and depending
  on the rental company may have to pay a higher rate.
  A valid credit card is generally required to rent a car.

  Tipping/Gratuity Guidelines:
  Taxi drivers, bartenders and waiters: 15 - 20% for standard service
  Hotel doormen and valet parkers: between USD $2 and USD $5
  Bellhops and Hotel Maids: USD $2 per bag (bellhops) or per day (hotel maid)


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