Hotel and Travel

All program sessions of the Institute for Chief Academic Officers and Chief Advancement Officers will be held at the Tradewinds Island Hotel. 
 
Tradewinds Island Hotel
5600 Gulf Boulevard
St. Petersburg Beach, FL 33706
Phone: (727) 363-2212 or (800) 360-4016
Fax: (727) 363-2221
 
Reservations can be made by calling (800) 360-4016.
Hotel Cut-Off Date: Monday, October 3, 2011
Room Rate: $174 single/double plus tax
 
When reserving your accommodations, please state that you are with the Council of Independent Colleges CAO Institute to receive the discounted conference rate. Reservations made after the deadline cannot be guaranteed at the conference rate and will be accommodated on a space-available basis.
 
The TradeWinds Island hotel boasts 584 guest rooms decorated with tropical furnishings. Located on 20 tropical acres of beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico, the hotel is conveniently located just 30 minutes west of the Tampa International Airport and about 25 minutes from the St. Petersburg Beach/Clearwater Airport. Amenities include in-room safes; internet access; seven swimming pools; four tennis courts; and a fitness center. Self-parking is complimentary at the TradeWinds. Valet parking is also available for an additional $8 per car, per day and subject to availability. Parking for non-overnight drive-in guests will be subject to availability and will be charged a parking rate of $15 per day.
 
 

Driving Directions

From Tampa International Airport: Follow the signs to I-275 South “To St. Petersburg” and across Tampa Bay. Continue south on I-275 approximately 15 miles through St. Petersburg Beach. Exit I-275 at the St. Petersburg Beach/Pinellas Bayway Exit (new exit 17, old exit 4). Proceed west across Pinellas Bayway ($.50 toll), which takes you directly to St. Petersburg Beach and ends at Gulf Boulevard. Turn right and the TradeWinds Resorts are on the left hand side of the street, about 1-1.5 miles north.
 
From St. Petersburg Beach/Clearwater Airport: Turn left out of airport onto Roosevelt and follow signs to I-275 South through St. Petersburg Beach, approximately 13 miles. Exit I-275 at the St. Petersburg Beach/Pinellas Bayway Exit (new exit 17, old exit 4). Proceed west across Pinellas Bayway ($.50 toll), which takes you directly to St. Petersburg Beach and ends at Gulf Boulevard. Turn right and the TradeWinds is on the left hand side of the street, about 1-1.5 miles north.

Shuttle and Taxi Information

Direct transfers are available from both Tampa International Airport and the St. Petersburg Beach/Clearwater Airport.
 
The Super Shuttle provides 24-hour service. Reservations are recommended for pick-up at the airport or hotel. Please call (800) 282-3826 or (727) 572-1111 to schedule a pick-up. CIC has arranged discounted fares with Super Shuttle. Please give discount code: 68YF8 when calling or go to www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=68YF8 for the reduced rates.
 
Execucar (also run by Super Shuttle) is a sedan service that offers airport transfers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The regular fare is $65 per person (there’s a maximum capacity of three passengers) and must be prepaid by credit card; cash is not accepted. For reservations, call (800) 410-4444. For the discounted rate, please refer to the discount code 68YF8 or book online at www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=68YF8.
 
Regular taxi service to and from Tampa International costs approximately $65 one-way.

Car Rentals

CIC has also arranged discounted rates with Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental for Institute participants.
 
For reservations at Alamo, call (800) 462-5266 and request ID# 706768 or use the special CAO Institute reservation link.
 
For reservations with National, call (800) 227-7368 and request ID# 5282865 or use the special CAO Institute reservation link.

Dress Guidelines 

Business casual wear is appropriate throughout the Institute. Business attire is suggested only for the opening keynote address and reception-buffet dinner on Saturday, November 5. If you plan to participate in any of the optional excursions, please be sure to wear comfortable clothes and bring along a hat, swimsuit, sunglasses, and walking shoes.