Lodging & Travel


Westin Kansas City is the main conference venue.  All programs will be held at the Westin Kansas City hotel.
Less than a mile from Union Station, the hotel is attached to the Hallmark Crown Center and is 2.7 miles from the restaurants of Southwest Boulevard.

All the attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations either at Westin or other nearby hotels. The cut-off date/time of Westin Hotel for the conference rate ($169/night) is 5 pm CST, August 16, 2018. The reservations received after the date/time will be accepted at the Hotel’s prevailing rate, based on availability.

The Hotel created a customized website for the conference here. This customized website will allow attendees to book their hotel reservations online, and may also include personalized information about the event or meeting, including content, links to the group’s website, and dining, entertainment and city information.

Check-in time: 3:00 PM, Check-out time: 12:00 PM

For more information about the hotel, please visit http://www.westincrowncenterkansascity.com.


Kansas City International Airport

Westin Kansas City is located approximately 35 miles from the airport.

Taxi:  Approximately $50 USD

Uber: Approximately $40-45 USD


  • Fee:  One-way:  $18 USD; Round trip $31 USD
  • Contact:  800-258-3826
  • Reservations are not required from the airport but are recommended for return trips.

Travel Time:  Approximately 30 minutes

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Real ID Act

Passed in 2005 by Congress, the Real ID Act is intended to make government-issued identifications more secure. Some states have not yet implemented the requirements of Real ID and have received extensions from the Department of Homeland Security. Currently, 11 states and territories (Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands) have neither complied nor have they been granted further extensions. This means that on January 22, 2018, travelers boarding a flight from these states and territories will not be allowed to use their driver’s license as proof of identity, unless their state receives another extension from the Secretary of Homeland Security.


For more information about Kansas City, please visit https://www.visitkc.com/

Local Attractions

Besides activities at the Crown Center where the conference hotels are located, there are many interesting places to visit in KC such as the following:

National World War I Museum and MemorialAmerican Jazz MuseumNegro Leagues Baseball Museum
National World War I Museum and Memorial                 
American Jazz Museum        Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of ArtArabia Steamboat MuseumKC River Market
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
                                Arabia Steamboat Museum        KC River Market

KC Power & Light District  Truman Presidential Library & Museum
KC Power & Light District                                                            Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Country Club Plaza   National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Country Club Plaza                                                            National Museum of Toys and Miniatures


The newly introduced StreetCar service (you ride free!) allows you to hop on and hop off to visit several places from the conference venue.

For a review of many of these places, see the review at  https://backroadplanet.com/kansas-city-museums/