Conference Program Notes

Conference Reminders:

Dress Code: Please be comfortable. Dress attire is business casual (jeans are welcome). For the Gala Awards Banquet, we recommend professional attire. Check the Weather Channel at www.weather.com so you can pack appropriately. The average maximum daytime temperature in Charleston in April is a warm 23°C (73°F), but the hotel meeting rooms can get chilly – bring a sweater or jacket so you will be comfortable. The average nighttime temperature is 15°C (59°F) you may want a light coat or sweater for the evenings.

Air Transportation

Charleston International Airport (CHS) is 2 miles away from the conference hotel. CHS is served by most major airlines, with Southwest offering the most flights.  Airport Contact Information: 843-767-7000, https://www.iflychs.com/

Ground Transportation
The Embassy Suites (5055 International Boulevard, North Charleston, SC, 29418) provides a complimentary airport shuttle, available 24 hours.

Complimentary Airport Shuttle Instructions (pickup):

  • After you receive your luggage, call the hotel (843) 747-1882 and ask the operator to send the shuttle
  • You will be picked-up at the middle median in front of the terminal building, outside of baggage claim.

Complimentary Airport Shuttle (return):

  • Please see the front desk to make a reservation for return shuttle to the airport. Reservations may be made upon arrival or at any time during your stay. Return schedule times are on the hour and half hour.

In addition, there are other transportation services including taxis, airport shuttles and rental cars. Visit the airport website for detailed information:

Hotel Parking
Overnight guests of the hotel will receive complimentary parking in the hotel lot.  All other attendees will be directed to the City lot surrounding the Convention Center at $10.00 per car / per day.

Door Prizes: We encourage you to bring door prizes from your Institution with at least a $30 value. Drop them off at the registration desk. Conference attendees will have a chance to win a variety of door prizes.

Sponsorship Opportunities: Please consider promoting your school or organization by becoming a conference sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities are available from $100 – $5,000. Program advertisements can be purchased from $75 – $500. View the Conference Sponsorship page for details or contact info@ceiainc.org or call 513-793-2342 for more information.

Sightseeing & Entertainment – The Holy City Has So Much to Offer…Everything you’ve heard about Charleston is true. The Visit Charleston visitor bureau has lots of ideas and information. During your stay, make time to explore some of the Holy City’s entertainment districts and popular sites. The biggest question out there is “what are the best things to do in the Lowcountry?” Well here are the top answers as surveyed by both locals and tourists. Keep in mind, there are tons of great experiences in Charleston.

1. South Carolina Aquarium
The Aquarium boasts they are Charleston’s most visited attraction. And why not?! Kids and adults alike will be amazed at all the animals and history throughout. It’s a great place to view the harbor too. Check out their new Albino Alligator Exhibit or even pet the stingrays! Too much to share here, you need to check it out yourself.

2. The Battery/ White Point Gardens
The Battery is located at the southernmost tip of the Charleston Peninsula, where Murray Blvd. and East Battery (East Bay) Street meet. Part of The Battery is White Point Gardens and collectively they are the landmark that helps to define Charleston. If you don’t have time to walk it, I highly recommend a leisurely drive-by to view the impressive mansion architecture and glorious oak trees! My first recommendation though would be to walk the park to indulge in the 18th century cannons, historical statues, picturesque gazebo and a perfect view of Fort Sumter in the harbor. In my book, your visit to Charleston is not complete without heading down to the Battery! Catch Rainbow Row on East Bay St. on your way there.

3. Old City Market
The Market is consistently on our Things To Do In Charleston Top 10 Best list! A must see!
Dating back to 1841, Market Street features independent merchants selling their wares in an open air setting, including Gullah ladies weaving the ever famous sweetgrass baskets. The street is also lined with specialty shops and restaurants.

4. SpiritLine Dinner Cruise
Nothing beats a three hour evening cruise on the water! Especially when it comes with a multi-course dinner, live music and exceptional views of the Charleston Harbor!

5. Middleton Place
Dating back to c. 1741, Middleton is a National Historic Landmark with an Inn, restaurant, America’s oldest landscaped Gardens and Stableyard demonstrations of life in the 18th century. The magnitude of this plantation is awe-inspiring!

6. Rainbow Row
This section on East Bay Street, built between the 1720’s-1790’s, was considered the ‘slum’ area of Charleston after the Civil War. It was renovated in the early 1900’s and given Caribbean colors that are still seen today. This stretch of East Bay Street has been dubbed ‘Rainbow Row’ and has become a familiar ‘face’ of Charleston.

7. Children’s Museum
A great place for toddlers and kids of all ages! With eight interactive exhibits, children get hands on experience in the arts and sciences along with exploring creative thinking and problem solving.

8. King Street Shopping District
The most famous shopping area of Charleston is located between Broad and Spring Streets. Sprinkled throughout are great bars & restaurants in case you need a little ‘sit down’ between your sprees! This vibrant area is divided into three known sections:

Lower King Street District
Located between Broad and Market Streets, this well-known King Street Antique District, was voted “best antique shopping in the US” by readers of Travel & Leisure Magazine.

Middle King Street District
Located between Market and Calhoun Streets, and otherwise known as the King Street Fashion District, you’ll find the trendiest stores and updated fashions in the area.

Upper King Street District
Located between Francis Marion Square (on Calhoun Street) and Spring Street, this King Street Design District houses some of the best interior design decor and home furnishing shopping in the country.

9. Waterfront Park
Bring a change of clothes for the kids on the hot summer days! They’ll want to join others running through the fountain at the end of Vendue Range. In fact, one of these days I’m going to do it myself! Then enjoy a leisurely swing on the pier while looking for dolphins in the Harbor with the USS Yorktown as the backdrop. The Pineapple fountain of Charleston can also be found here with other intimate gardens and jogging paths along the water’s edge.

10. Folly Beach
15 minutes from Downtown Charleston

Folly Beach, or “the Edge of America,” has been on occasion dubbed the ‘eccentric’ beach of all the Charleston beaches. Probably because it’s managed to stay true to the old way of beach life as it was back in the day. However it hasn’t been without its own challenges of upcoming developments of condos and obsessive beach houses.

Still, there is a wondrous air about Folly that you can only experience first-hand while visiting there. There is great surfing, fishing on the pier, kid friendly currents, water sports near the only ocean front hotel of Charleston, and great shopping and dining along Center Street. A stroll along some of the side streets allows an up close look at some of the old time conventional beach houses.

The 2018 Local Arrangements Committee is pleased to provide additional information regarding Charleston’s unique offerings for dining, entertainment, transportation, etc. Visit the conference registration desk for helpful information on ways to explore Charleston.