GTNF 2017: Venue and travel information

InterContinental New York Barclay
111 E. 48th St.
New York, NY 10017
Email: barclay@ihg.com
Website: www.intercontinentalnybarclay.com

Perfectly situated in Manhattan’s Midtown East neighborhood, the hotel is just a three-minute walk from the city’s Grand Central train station and close to Central Park. The city is served by Newark, JFK and LaGuardia airports, with plenty of ground travel options from each airport to the hotel.

For more details about how to get to the New York Barclay Hotel, please see:
www.intercontinentalnybarclay.com/getting-here

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE
We strongly recommend that GTNF participants and delegates purchase insurance offering coverage for health and other risks associated with travel. Tobacco Reporter and Vapor Voice magazines 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 inconvenience, please ensure that all electronic devices, including laptops, phones and similar devices, are sufficiently charged to be switched on at airports. Please note:
As of June 15, 2015, e-cigarettes and other battery-powered, portable electronic smoking devices can no longer be checked in as hold luggage but can be carried as hand baggage.

Please also see “Electrical Information” under “USA: General Information,” below, for information on use and recharging of electronics during your stay.

 

VISA/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Under the United States Visa Waiver Program (VWP) citizens or nationals of participating countries are allowed to travel to the States on business or leisure for up to 90 days.
However, you must have a valid ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) approval before entering the United States. This can be obtained online.
Read more about the requirements for U.S. entry and access the ESTA page at: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html#ESTA

 

AIRLINES
All the main international carriers fly into New York City. To check on airlines and to plan your journey, please visit:
www.skyscanner.net/flights-to/nyca/airlines-that-fly-to-new-york.html

 

AIRPORTS
There are three main airports that serve New York City: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA), both in Queens, and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in neighboring New Jersey.

JFK, New York’s largest airport, serves more than 80 airlines, most of which are international. It is approximately 15 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Alternative ground travel routes from JFK are offered as an example below.

For further travel details from the main airports to midtown Manhattan, where the hotel is located, please see the official travel site for New York City:
www.nycgo.com/articles/nyc-transportation-getting-here

Please also visit the hotel’s directions page:
www.intercontinentalnybarclay.com/getting-here

 

BY TAXI: $52.50 is the normal flat fare (non-metered) from JFK, plus bridge and tunnel tolls and gratuity. The ride is 30 to 60 minutes to Midtown Manhattan, depending on traffic and road conditions. For more information, call +1 212 692 8294 or visit the Taxi & Limousine Commission website.

 

BY AIRTRAIN: AirTrain links the airport to the subway and to the Long Island Rail Road. AirTrain also offers free service between points in the airport. The fare is $5 (children under 5 years old travel free).

 

BY SUBWAY (METRO/UNDERGROUND): From the A subway stop at the Howard Beach/JFK Airport station or the E, J or Z subway stop at the Sutphin Boulevard/Archer Avenue/JFK Airport station, the ride is 60 to 75 minutes to Midtown Manhattan. A single ride costs $2.75 (in addition to AirTrain fare).

 

BY OVERGROUND RAIL: The AirTrain connects travelers to the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) for the approximately 20-minute trip between LIRR’s Jamaica Station and Penn Station. The fare is $7.25–$10 (children under 5 years old travel free), depending on time of day (in addition to AirTrain fare).

 

CAR RENTAL: Most of the leading international car hire companies are represented at JFK, including Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National.

 

How to get to the hotel from:

From La Guardia Airport (recommended airport)

TAXI: La Guardia is the most conveniently situated airport for Manhattan and the hotel. A taxi is the easiest way to get from LaGuardia to Manhattan. The meter will determine the fare you’ll need to pay for the trip from LGA to Manhattan (or anywhere in the city) and is per car with a maximum of 4 people. You will be asked to pay any tolls and a tip is expected. Set aside at least $50; this should be more than enough to cover the trip. For more information about taxi fares in New York City see the Taxi & Limousine Commission Website. .

Where do you find a Taxi? There are signs that will direct you to the taxi stands outside every terminal at La Guardia airport. There is usually an attendant standing by to answer any questions.

CAR SERVICE: If you are with a sizeable group, there are vans available that can seat as many as 10 people. This is a great way to get to and from the airport, however, it is a fairly expensive option. Carmel Car & Limo Service or  Dial 7 Car & Limo Service are two good car services.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE: There are several airport shuttle companies to choose from. Once you reach the airport, you can proceed to the Ground Transportation desk to get information on where you catch your shuttle, or you can use one of the courtesy phones in the baggage claim area. Keep in mind that you may not be the only passenger in the van, and you may have to wait while other passengers are dropped off at their destination first.

Compare prices and schedules at NYC Airporter and Super Shuttle, and choose the one that suits your needs.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: If you don’t have a lot of luggage, can handle stairs, a fair amount of walking and have plenty of time, taking public transportation is an inexpensive way to get from LaGuardia to New York City Centre. It will cost you $2.75 per person after you pay $1.00 for a Metrocard.

For further details, please visit the Barclay Hotel website at: http://intercontinentalnybarclay.com/getting-here/

 

From Newark Airport:

TAXI: Taxi stands are outside the terminals at Newark. Fares will cost between $50.00 and $70.00, tolls and tips not included.

CAR SERVICE: If you are with a sizeable group, there are vans available that can seat as many as 10 people. This is a great way to get to and from the airport, however, it is a fairly expensive option. Carmel Car & Limo Service or  Dial 7 Car & Limo Service are two good car services.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE: There are several airport shuttle companies to choose from. Once you reach the airport, you can proceed to the Ground Transportation desk to get information on where you catch your shuttle, or you can use one of the courtesy phones in the baggage claim area. Keep in mind that you may not be the only passenger in the van, and you may have to wait while other passengers are dropped off at their destination first.

Compare prices and schedules at NYC Airporter and Super Shuttle, and choose the one that suits your needs.

AIRTRAIN: Operated by New Jersey Transit, you can travel by train between Newark International Airport and Manhattan for as little as $12.50 per person. Take the Airtrain from your arrival terminal to Airtrain Station where you can catch a New Jersey Transit train to New York’s Penn Station 21 hours a day. Note: The NJ Transit train does not run between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. nightly.  From Penn Station you can take a cab, Uber or subway to the hotel.

 

From JFK Airport:

TAXI: This is the easiest way to get from JFK Airport to Manhattan. The set fare is $52 per car with a maximum of 4 people. You will be asked to pay any tolls and a tip is expected.. For more information about taxi fares in New York City see the Taxi & Limousine Commission Website. .

CAR SERVICE: If you are with a sizeable group, there are vans available that can seat as many as 10 people. This is a great way to get to and from the airport; however, it is a fairly expensive option. Carmel Car & Limo Service or  Dial 7 Car & Limo Service are two good car services.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE: There are several airport shuttle companies to choose from. Once you reach the airport, you can proceed to the Ground Transportation desk to get information on where you catch your shuttle, or you can use one of the courtesy phones in the baggage claim area. Keep in mind that you may not be the only passenger in the van, and you may have to wait while other passengers are dropped off at their destination first.

Compare prices and schedules at NYC Airporter and Super Shuttle, and choose the one that suits your needs.

For further details, please visit the Barclay Hotel website at: http://intercontinentalnybarclay.com/getting-here/

AIRTRAIN: Operated by New Jersey Transit, you can travel by train between JFK Airport and Manhattan for around $7.25 per person. You can board the Airtrain in the airport and travel to either the Howard Beach Station, where you can catch the A Train, or Sutphan Boulevard Station, where you can catch the E, J or Z Train.

For more information on the Airtrain, go to The MTA’s Website. And here’s a link to an article that has easy instructions on riding the NYC Subway System.