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Accommodations and Travel

Notice of Decision to Hold a Virtual Format Only

On April 6, due to the rapid escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AACR Board of Directors made the decision not to move forward with an in-person Annual Meeting in August, and instead to present segments of the meeting program in two AACR Virtual Annual Meetings.

The AACR Virtual Annual Meetings I and II will take place April 27-28 and June 22-24, respectively. View the official statement and FAQ for more information.

The AACR is aware 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. CMR (Convention Management Resources) is the official hotel management company for The AACR Annual Meeting. No other hotel management company or travel agency is authorized to place reservations on behalf of AACR. These companies have not entered into agreements with the San Diego hotels and are not able to guarantee rates and accommodations during the dates of the conference. If you have any questions, please contact AACR.

Hotel Reservations

You may reserve your hotel room in one of the following ways:

Online: General attendee housing is now open. Please note that you must supply a credit card in order to reserve a room online. You will find descriptions, amenity information, and photographs for each AACR official hotel. Additionally, a map showing the location of all hotels and the San Diego Convention Center is available on the AACR Housing website. Visit the AACR Housing website to get up-to-the minute availability and receive immediate confirmation of your hotel reservation.

Phone: AACR Housing agents will be available to accept reservations as well as provide information on the AACR official hotels Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. U.S. ET. You will be required to supply a credit card if reserving your hotel room by phone. Once your reservation is complete, you will receive immediate confirmation by email. AACR Housing can be reached toll-free in the U.S. and Canada at 888-381-7166 or for international callers at 415-979-2262. When calling AACR Housing be certain to have the following information:

  • Arrival and departure dates
  • Hotel preferences
  • Credit card number
  • Your address, phone number, and email address
  • Any special requests


Reservations must be guaranteed with either a major credit card (AMEX, Visa, or MasterCard) or a check in the amount of $300 per guestroom and $700 per suite. Make checks payable to Convention Management Resources, Inc.

Changes and Cancellations

Changes and cancellations can be made:

  • Online at the AACR Housing website
  • By emailing your change or cancellation
  • By calling AACR Housing at 888-381-7166 or 415-979-2262
  • By faxing your change or cancellation to 415-293-4397

Your credit card will be charged one night’s room plus tax or your check deposit will be forfeited if you cancel your reservation less than 72 hours before your confirmed arrival date. If you fail to arrive on the date confirmed by AACR Housing, your credit card will be charged one night’s room plus tax or your check will be forfeited. All subsequent nights of the reservation will be cancelled.

Hospitality Suites

Suites are for sleeping accommodations only and may not be used for meetings or events without prior written permission from AACR. For these types of events, please complete the AACR Affiliate Event Space Request Form.

Group Reservations

Organizations wishing to hold a block of rooms must use the Group Housing Form. Exhibitors may request rooms in the AACR Room Block and must submit an Exhibitor Room Block Request Form. Please adhere to all rules and regulations to facilitate processing. Confirmations will be emailed.


Air Transportation

There is one major airport in the San Diego region: San Diego International Airport (airport code: SAN). This airport offers multiple U.S. and international flights daily. San Diego is also served by Amtrak.

Travel Office: Corporate Traveler

  • Toll-free: +1-888-666-4209
  • Direct: 215-825-3650
  • Email Garry Staegemann
  • $30 service fee applies.
  • Business hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET

Assistance for International Travelers

An official letter of invitation is available through the online registration system. Contact the American Consulate in your country to review the current regulations for travel to the United States. Please begin the visa application process as early as possible. Information is available on the U.S. Department of State website.

Ground Transportation

Taxi Service

San Diego International Airport is located 2.4 miles from downtown. Many companies provide taxicab service at San Diego International Airport. If you need a taxi, simply follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas. A customer service representative will place you with the first available taxi, unless you specify a particular taxicab company.

Public Transportation

Amtrak Intercity and COASTER commuter trains link communities and travelers from as far away as Los Angeles and Orange Counties to downtown San Diego and coastal North County and include stops in Old Town, Sorrento Valley, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Oceanside.

Travelers headed to and from San Diego International Airport can connect with Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner and the COASTER at Amtrak’s Santa Fe Depot train station downtown by using Metropolitan Transit System Route 992, which operates between 5 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends and holidays.

The COASTER operates 365 days a year, seven days a week, with trips throughout the day to Old Town and North San Diego County. Tickets may be purchased at ticket vending machines on the Santa Fe Depot station platform, online, or via the COASTER Mobile App.

For additional information on connecting transit, fares, personalized travel planning, and disabled services, call 760-966-6500 or visit their webpage.

For additional information on Amtrak service in San Diego, visit the Santa Fe Depot train station, telephone 1-800-USA-RAIL, or visit Amtrak or Amtrak California.

About San Diego

Emerging as a health care development center, San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. The presence of the University of California San Diego and UC San Diego Health has helped make the area a center of research in biotechnology. The Salk Institute Cancer Center and the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center are located just north of San Diego in La Jolla. San Diego is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, long association with the U.S. Navy, and the Gaslamp Quarter’s world-class shopping and dining.