Pancreatic Cancer: Advances in Science and Clinical Care

​Accommodations and Travel

The AACR has recently been notified that some conference registrants are being solicited by an unauthorized company trying to obtain credit card information by phone and email to secure housing accommodations at this conference.  All information regarding travel and housing accommodations is available on this webpage.  The AACR will not contact you by phone or email requesting credit card information. If you have any questions, please email

The conference will be held at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, in Orlando, Florida. The JW Marriott is in a convenient location near Orlando’s main attractions, which make this hotel one of the top luxury hotels in the area. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to Walt Disney World®, SeaWorld®, and Universal Orlando® so you can enjoy this beautiful city.  Experience a wealth of dining options throughout Grande Lakes Orlando, where the cuisine is as diverse as the property, with 11 outlets to choose from, featuring everything from southern-inspired cuisine and crafted cocktails to Melissa Kelly's Italian dishes at Primo.

The AACR group rate at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes is now sold out.

There are still availabilities at the regular hotel rates. Please contact the hotel directly to make a reservation. The hotel will accept reservations on a space- and rate-available basis. State and local taxes (currently at 12.5%) will be applied to the room charge. Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card at the time of reservation. A deposit equal to one night’s stay will be charged to the credit card at the time the reservation is made. Cancellations will be accepted at no charge 48 hours in advance of arrival. Please note that check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m.

Travel to Orlando
The closest major airport to the conference site is the Orlando International Airport (MCO), located approximately 25 minutes from the hotel. Gant Travel Management as the AACR’s official travel coordinator for this conference. Gant will provide custom itineraries with the lowest applicable airfares and best journey time.

Fly on United Airlines, the official airline of this conference, and save with special discounts exclusive to attendees and guests. United offers various levels of discounts:

  • Save 7 percent on United’s lowest applicable fares when you book and ticket 30 days or more in advance. Discounts apply on United, United Express, and United codeshare flights operated by US Airways and Air Canada. Some restrictions may apply.
  • Special United Airlines Area Fares are set air fare prices based upon geographical locations. Two-day minimum stay and seven-day advance purchase required. Applicable restrictions apply.

Full mileage credit will be earned by frequent flyer club members. To receive the exclusive discounts, please contact Gant:

  • Toll-free: (877) 924-2298
  • Outside of the U.S. and Canada: (630) 227-3818
  • E-mail:

Gant is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. U.S. Central Time, Monday through Friday. A minimal service fee per airline ticket issued will be applied. You may also call United Airlines directly at (800) 426-1122, or visit their website and use reference code ZVT7333956. Book early to take advantage of promotional fares that give you the greatest discount. Full mileage credit will be earned by frequent flyer club members.

Ground Transportation
A variety of ground transportation options is available upon arrival, including taxi service, private car service, shuttle service, and car rentals. Taxi service between the Orlando International Airport and the JW Marriott Grande Lakes is approximately $30-$50, one way, plus gratuity.

The AACR has arranged for a car rental discount through Hertz. You can call Hertz at (800) 654-2240 from the U.S. or (405) 749-4434 from outside the U.S. and Canada, or book online at Please refer to the discount CV#02ST0020.

Mears Motor Shuttle operates a non-exclusive, shared ride van shuttle from each of the terminals.  Tickets can be purchased at any of the Mears booths conveniently located on level one in each Terminal. No reservations are necessary for arrivals, as the shuttle departs throughout the day and evening every 30-40 minutes from Level One at Orlando International Airport. Reservations are required for departures, returning back to the airport. The cost is $33.00 round-trip for adults and $25.00 for children ages 4-11. A one-way ticket is $20.00 for adults. Reservations can be made by visiting their website or by calling (407) 423-5566.

International Travel
Researchers from more than 50 different countries around the world regularly participate in AACR meetings and conferences. The Association encourages and appreciates the contributions of international researchers at our programs. If you plan to attend this AACR conference, please contact the American Consulate in your country to review the current regulations for travel to the United States. Obtaining the proper documentation may take several weeks or months, depending on your location, so we encourage you to contact the consulate as soon as possible if you are considering attending this conference. Information is also available on the U.S. Department of State website.

Helpful Websites for International Travelers