Vol. 63, No. 1January 2020
Gary Wunder, Editor
Houston Site of 2020 NFB Convention
The 2020 convention of the National Federation of the Blind will take
place in Houston, Texas, July 14 to July 19, at the Hilton Americas-Houston
hotel, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010. Make your room reservation as
soon as possible with the Hilton Americas-Houston. Call 1-800-236-2905 to
reserve your room in the main hotel. If you wish to stay in our overflow
hotel, the Marriott Marquis Houston, the number to call is 1-877-688-4323.
The 2020 room rate at our main hotel is $105 per night and applies to
singles and doubles as well as triples and quads. Hotel and sales taxes in
Houston are 13.38 percent and 8.25 percent, respectively. The rate for the
overflow Marriott Marquis is slightly higher at $119. As with our main
hotel, hotel and sales taxes are additional, and the nightly rate covers up
to four in a room. Both hotels will take a deposit of the first night’s
room rate for each room and will require a credit card or a personal check.
If you use a credit card, the deposit will be charged against your card
immediately. If a reservation is cancelled before Friday, June 1, 2020,
half of the deposit will be returned. Otherwise refunds will not be made.
Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Reservations may be made before June 1, 2020, assuming that rooms are still
available. After that time the hotels will not hold our room block for the
convention. In other words, you should get your reservation in soon.
Both hotels offer complimentary in-room wireless internet (though the
Marriott requires a free-to-establish Marriott Bonvoy account) and fitness
center access for all guests. All rooms are furnished with mini
refrigerators along with many of the usual amenities such as in-room safes,
irons and ironing boards, and hair dryers. After the day’s events, you can
get your swim on at either hotel. The Hilton has an indoor pool on the 23rd
floor, while the Marriott features an outdoor pool adjacent to its Texas-
shaped lazy river pool. Both hotels have several on-premise dining outlets
with a broad range of additional options within a short walk from the front
The schedule for the 2020 convention is:
Tuesday, July 14 Seminar Day
Wednesday, July 15Registration and Resolutions Day
Thursday, July 16Board Meeting and Division Day
Friday, July 17Opening Session
Saturday, July 18Business Session
Sunday, July 19Banquet Day and Adjournment