PS38 Travel Information

Hotel Information


Visa Letter Information


Travel Information

Westin Bayshore

The 38th Annual Symposium will take place at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver, in Canada. We will roll out special rates for our room block in January. This limited block will offer regular rates of $259 CAD / $190 USD, and student rates of $217 CAD / $160 USD. 

TPS Regular Rate: $259 CAD / $190 USD/night + applicable taxes & fees

Student (only) Rooms: $217 CAD /$160 USD night+ applicable taxes & fees

We encourage you to book your reservations early, as they are likely to sell out. Discounted rates are subject to availability and must be booked before the cut-off of July 1 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time - USA).

  Interview requirements for obtaining a visa may now be more stringent than in years past, and visas may take longer to approve. All international attendees who will need to obtain a visa to enter the United States are urged to contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate and begin the application process as soon as possible but no later than 3 to 4 months before the meeting. Because of the number of visas being processed and the need to be thorough with the reviews, the process can take as long as 8 weeks, especially for those residing in countries that are on the US State Sponsors of Terrorism List. Attendees from these countries should start the application process at least 6 months in advance of the meeting.   

About Vancouver
Over 19 million people visit the city annually, making it a leading tourist destination. Each of the city's neighborhoods has a remarkably different style and tone. From the Back Bay's cosmopolitan streets and ornate Victorian town houses to the aromas spilling into the narrow and jumbled 17-century streets of Boston's North End to the spirited and funky neighborhood squares of Cambridge - all within easy distance from one another. Click here to learn more about Boston and Things To Do.


Boston Logan International Airport is located a convenient 2 miles from the hotel with several public airport transportation options from downtown and suburban locations. There are approximately 40 airlines that serve Boston and three hotels located on the airport premises.

Amtrak services Boston, New York, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore & nationwide from Boston's South Station or Back Bay Station.

Take the T
Boston's public transportation system is operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, but locals know it simply as the "T". It offers subway, bus, trolley car and boat service to just about everywhere in the Greater Boston area and beyond. To ride the T, you need to purchase a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket. These can be purchased at every subway station at vending machines and at select convenience stores. The basic fare is $2.90 with a CharlieTicket or $2.40 if you have a Charlie Card. Several updates for all transportation options and stations can be located on the MBTA's service alert page.

Taxi service is available throughout the city. Logan International Airport is a short 2 miles to the Westin Boston Seaport District, and taxi fares are approximately $18, one way. 

Summer is a great time to explore Boston, Massachusetts. Affectionately known as "America's Walking City," you can stroll the city's sidewalks, wander its abundance of green parks, or just people-watch at one of the many outdoor cafes. The average temperature for July is a high of 82 and a low of 62 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Time Zone
Located in the Eastern Time zone, Boston adopts Eastern Daylight Savings Time on the second Sunday in March and revert to Eastern Standard Time on the first Sunday in November.

As elsewhere in the United States, the standard current is 110 volts (60 cycles).

Why book using the TPS link?

As a meeting attendee, it is important for you to book your hotel room in the TPS housing block to guarantee the best accommodations and most competitive nightly rates, especially in the event of overbooking or construction.

Filling a room block is important to the Society because it provides a "report card" on the Society's meeting sites.  By establishing a history of always filling the room block, the Society is able to secure both competitive room rates and larger blocks in subsequent years. 

Hotel Changes and Cancellation Policy

For attendees, cancellations or changes must be made with the hotel directly. A cancellation penalty fee may be assessed. Penalties for early departures are enforced and vary by hotel. Rooms are subject to availability. 

All hotel rates are based upon room occupancy and are per room/per night charges, not per person. All rates are subject to state, local, and occupancy taxes. 

VISA Waiver Information

International attendees who are nationals of countries listed in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) may be able to travel to the United States for 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. 

Please note: All VWP travelers from the 27 eligible countries, regardless of age or type of passport used, must present individual machine-readable passports to enter the United States.

VISA Problems

If the status of your visa applications is pending for more than 60 days, please report your case to The National Academy of Sciences (NAS). You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire. To help the NAS identify you as a participant of this meeting, please include the name of the conference in the "Purpose of Visit" field on the questionnaire

Invitation Letter Requests

To assist international attendees in obtaining a visa, The Protein Society will issue letters of invitation. To obtain a letter of invitation you must first register for the meeting and pay any registration fees in full. No letters will be issued without a paid conference registration. Please send requests, including registration receipt, to staff. A letter of invitation will be emailed to you on Protein Society letterhead within 5 business days.

        The  information above is provided in part by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau on an unofficial basis for the sole purpose of assistance. The Protein Society cannot be held responsible for any change in the data.