The John B. Hynes Convention Center is the location for many of our events for this conference. The convention center offers state-of-the-art amenities and services, from advanced technology and networking capabilities to their commitment to being green with earth-friendly initiatives, including composting 95% of their food waste.


PLEASE NOTE: The Sheraton Boston Hotel, our primary partner hotel for this event, is sold out.

However, IDEA has made arrangements for a discounted room block with the Hilton Boston Back Bay Hotel, located at 40 Dalton Street, directly across the street from The Sheraton. Guests will still be able to easily access the Hynes Convention center through the Sheraton Lobby.

The room rate for single/double occupancy rooms at the Hilton Boston Back Bay is $229.00++, which is the same as the rate that was offered by The Sheraton. Please call 617-236-1100 to book (need to mention IDEA), or book online here using the group code IDEA.

THE CUTOFF FOR USING THIS DISCOUNT IS JUNE 3RD, OR WHEN THE ROOMS HAVE SOLD OUT - WHICHEVER IS SOONER. Please do not delay booking your rooms as this time of year in Boston is very busy!

Note: Individuals with confirmed reservations at the Hilton Boston Back Bay Hotel must cancel 24 hours prior to arrival in order to avoid a one night room and tax penalty. The same would apply to early departures. If you wish to shorten your stay, this information must be relayed to the hotel before or upon check in. Please contact the hotel directly for more information.

Note: For information about cancellations or early departure at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, please contact the hotel directly.

Please DO NOT USE fraudulent and unauthorized call center solicitations such as "Global Housing Corp." 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ROOMS AT THE HILTON BOSTON BACK BAY HOTEL NOW or call +1-617-236-1100 and identify yourself as part of the IDEA group.


Attire - Attire for the conference is business casual. Speakers and panelists are advised to wear business attire.

Local Time - Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), UTC - 4 hours

Weather - In late June / early July in Boston, the temperature ranges between a high of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 64 degrees Fahrenheit.


Logan International Airport (BOS) is located in East Boston, just 4 miles away from the Sheraton Boston. It has four major terminals - each with its own ticketing, baggage claim and ground transportation - and offers nonstop service to 42 international cities.


TAXI: Logan International Airport is typically a 20 to 30 minute taxi ride from downtown, with a cost of approximately $30. 

MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (MBTA): The MBTA offers rail, bus, subway and boat options. Multiple line transfers are required to get between Logan Airport and Sheraton Boston - more information here.

LOGAN EXPRESS - BACK BAY: The Back Bay Logan Express Bus is a round-trip shuttle service from Logan Airport to Back Bay. It makes stops at all airport terminals, as well as Copley Square and the Hynes Convention Center. The shuttle runs every 20 minutes and costs $5 (no cash accepted). More information here.

LOCAL PARKING: There are multiple parking garages in the area of the Sheraton Boston Hotel and the Hynes Convention Center. For more information about the Hynes Auditorium Garage, located at 50 Dalton Street across from the Sheraton Boston Hotel, please click here.


Please click here for more information about the City of Boston.


If you are planning to extend your stay, please book your rooms as soon as possible. Boston is a highly desirable destination in June and July. IDEA has secured the group rate for the shoulder nights of the conference, but as space fills up the availability will decline and rates will increase.

If you are planning to extend your stay beyond the IDEA Annual Conference, we offer the following suggestions for day trips, vacation or local events. Additionally, please see the list of Boston Activities we have compiled for you - PDF here and below.

Stay in Downtown Boston for Independence Day and walk to the Esplanade on Storrow Drive for the famous Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July 4th. Newport, Rhode Island is a 90 minute drive south of Boston and offers great beaches, museums and mansion tours; fine dining; sailing and recreation and natural outdoor beauty. Worth a visit to see America’s Downton Abbey on Bellevue Ave.

North Shore of Boston – Visit Newburyport for quaint surroundings, waterfront and relaxed dining and brewpubs.

Cape Cod offers a wide range of options for family vacations, bed & breakfasts and genuine natural outdoor beauty. While traveling to and from the Cape can be challenging, as a destination it is quite remarkable and diverse.



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