Travel & Lodging


The 2017 JETC will be held in downtown Columbus, Ohio.  Columbus was recently named highest in visitor satisfaction in a study by JD Power & Associates, ranking highest for its food and beverage scene, infrastructure, and affordability.  All daytime conference activities as well as the Society Ball and Awards Gala for the 2017 JETC will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. For more information on Columbus, visit the SAME site all about Columbus!

We've fallen in love with Columbus, and know you will, too! For maps of the convention center and local area, click here.

LODGING - SAME has negotiated room blocks with a number of hotels within walking distance of the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  Reservations must be made through SAME's official housing partner, Connections Housing. RESERVATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! Click here to book your room now! 

Room rates are below. The negotiated room block is specifically for conference attendees; one must register to attend the conference within five working days of making hotel reservations (government employees excepted due to government payment requirements).  All hotels will offer a limited number of rooms at the prevailing government per diem (currently $115). SAME is only able to block a limited number of rooms at per diem, and we must ensure these rooms are occupied by those attending JETC to represent the government.  Contractors and retirees are not eligible for these rooms. We have heard loud and clear that we need to make sure we have government representatives at our conferences; if they can’t get a room at per diem, then their attendance is in jeopardy.  Therefore, we do regular audits of the room block and will change the room rate for those who are ineligible for the per diem rate to the industry rate.  We thank you for your understanding.

The cut-off date for room reservations is May 12, 2017 or until the room block is sold out, whichever comes first.  Reserve your room now!

Property Room Rate
(plus 17.5% tax)
Hilton Columbus Downtown
401 N High Street, Columbus
(connected to convention center)
Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N High Street, Columbus
(connected to convention center)
Courtyard Marriott Columbus Downtown
35 W Spring Street, Columbus
(10 minute walk to convention center)
Drury Inn & Suites
88 E. Nationwide Blvd, Columbus
(adjacent to convention center)


Please note: The Society Ball & Awards Gala will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. 

Travel to Columbus, Ohio is convenient. The city is served by John Glenn International Airport (CMH) serving over 30 non-stop destinations daily. Distance and travel time from the airports to all JETC Hotels is about 10 minutes.

John Glenn International is served by COTA, Columbus’ public transportation system. COTA AirConnect provides direct bus service between John Glenn International and Downtown Columbus, serving downtown hotels and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. AirConnect is $2.75 each way, and ride passes can be purchased with credit/debit cards at the bus stop just to the right of the taxi station. Get the full AirConnect schedule here.

Taxi service to downtown is $25.  Uber is also available.

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