Hotel and Travel

Update: Overflow Hotels
With the high number of registrations for the Presidents Institute, the Marco Island Marriott, the main Institute hotel, is already sold out. The hotel has established a waitlist in an effort to accommodate as many Institute participants as possible. To be safe, however, CIC recommends two overflow hotels that are within walking distance of the Marco Island Marriott.

560 S. Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, FL 34145
Phone: (239) 394-5000
Room rates range between $218 to $294 per night

480 S. Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, FL 34145
Phone: (800) 260-5089 or (239) 393-1453
Room rates range from $259 to $309 per night
Please contact one of these hotels directly to make lodging arrangements. For additional information about hotel reservations, please contact Allison Blackburn, director of conferences, at or (202) 466-7230.

All program sessions of the Presidents Institute will be held at the Marco Island Marriott.
Marco Island Marriott
400 South Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, FL, 34145
Phone: (239) 394-2511; Fax: (239) 642-2672
Toll-Free: (800) 438-4373
Hotel Reservation Deadline for CIC Rate: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Room Rate: $209 single/double per night

To make hotel reservations online at the CIC conference rate, use the Presidents Institute reservation link.

When calling to make your reservation, please indicate that you are with the Council of Independent Colleges’ Presidents Institute to receive the discounted rate. The reservation deadline is Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Please note that reservations made after the deadline cannot be guaranteed at the CIC rate and will be accommodated only on a space-available basis.

The hotel rate of $209 for single or double occupancy is available from December 30, 2013, through January 9, 2014, for those interested in an extended stay.

Situated on three miles of pristine beaches located off the southwest coast of Florida, the Marco Island Marriott is southwest Florida’s most complete resort. This full-service property features superb views of the Florida Gulf Coast, a spa, guest rooms with private balconies, and several restaurants offering everything from poolside snacks to elegant dining. Additional features are a private championship golf course and access to a host of beach activities including shelling cruises, parasailing, and other water sports.

The Marco Island Marriott is located approximately 50 miles from Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers. Transportation to the hotel is available from several providers that are located just outside the baggage claim area of the airport. Rates are roughly $95 one way for up to three passengers. Reservations are recommended at least 48 hours in advance.
  • AAA Airport Transportation—(239) 275-7228 or (800) 872-2711
  • Aaron Airport Transportation—(239) 768-1898 or (800) 998-1898
  • Superior Airport Shuttle—(239) 267-4777 or (888) 397-9571
Self-parking at the Marriott is $12.72 per day, and overnight valet parking is $23.32 per day. Taxes are included with these rates. (Rates are as of October 2013.)

Automobile Rental
CIC has arranged discounted rates with Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental for participants who choose to rent automobiles. For reservations with Alamo, call (800) 462-5266 and request ID# 706768, or use the special Presidents Institute online reservation site. For reservations with National, call (800) 227-7368 and request ID# 5282865 or use the special Presidents Institute online reservation site.

Dress Guidelines
Casual resort wear is appropriate throughout the Institute. Business attire is suggested only for the Awards Banquet on Monday, January 6. If you plan to participate in the optional trip, be sure to bring comfortable clothes, walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen.

Family and Guests
All daytime sessions during the Presidents Institute, including breakfast and lunch discussions, are open only to registered participants. Tickets may be purchased on-site for special guests and family members to participate in the opening night Welcome Reception and Dinner. Tickets for the Awards Reception and Banquet may be ordered at the time of registration.

Retired President Eligibility
CIC welcomes retired presidents who wish to participate in the Presidents Institute and remain involved in discussions of professional matters with former colleagues. Having retired presidents at the Institute is of value to current presidents, especially those who are relatively new to their positions, as an additional source of welcome advice from more experienced colleagues. Retired presidents who are working for a sponsoring firm should participate in the Presidents Institute as one of the firm’s representatives, not as a retired president. Retired presidents who work for a firm that is eligible to be a sponsor but is not should not participate in the Institute. Questions about eligibility to register as a retired president should be directed to Barbara Hetrick, CIC senior vice president, at or (202) 466-7230.