Symposium Venue

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The City of Norfolk, Virginia will be the venue for the 13th International Detonation Symposium in 2006. With its sparkling downtown waterfront, tall glimmering buildings and storied maritime heritage, Norfolk, Virginia stands today as the Mid Atlantic region's most dynamic and progressive cultural center. World-class museums, galleries, intimate performing arts halls and scores of other attractions dot the city's pedestrian-friendly downtown waterfront, while the white sandy beaches of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean lie just minutes away. The mermaid logo adopted by the 13th symposium is the logo of the city of Norfolk. The mermaid sculptures seen around the city are part of project "Mermaids on Parade". The 10-foot-long, four-foot-tall mermaid sculptures were cast by Norfolk sculptor Kevin Gallup in a mold patterned after the city's logo. Sponsoring businesses and individuals can create a finished mermaid from one of 260 designs submitted by local artists.

Find out more about the city of Norfolk by visiting their Conventions and Visitors Bureau.

The symposium will be held at Norfolk's only waterfront hotel, the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, offering conference participants the prevailing 2006 government rate of $124 + 13% tax per night. With 445 sleeping rooms, 30000 square feet of meeting space and an outdoor swimming pool, this hotel has high-speed Internet access in all their rooms and provides parking facilities. It has two restaurants (Riverwalk Restaurant and Alexander's Restaurant and Lounge) and a Starbucks Coffee cart off the lobby. In addition, the hotel is adjacent to the Waterside Marketplace mall, which features over 100 specialty shops and restaurants. It is within easy walking distance of Nauticus - The National Maritime Center, which also has the Battleship USS Wisconsin berthed alongside.

The hotel is easily reached by cab or shuttle from Norfolk International Airport for about $20. Getting around Norfolk is made easy by the free bus service Norfolk Electric Transit or NET. Automobile valet parking is available for $20 per car per day at the hotel and self-parking at the parking garage one block away from the hotel is $12 per car per day with hotel validation.