National Medical Association 115th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly

Save the Date

Hotel & Travel


***Note: Space is no longer available at the Marriott, Courtyard or Loews.  However, if you are still in need of housing, please contact Lois Blankstein at 212/439-7917 during normal business hours or via email at

The National Medical Association is utilizing three hotels in Philadelphia – the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (conference headquarters hotel), Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown and Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

If you have questions with the NMA Housing, please contact Lois Miller at 516-868-9563 or via email at

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

1201 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Hotel Details:

  • Located in the city’s vibrant downtown district near the Pennsylvania Convention Center (via skywalk), Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  • Two signature restaurants
  • Striking skyline views, fitness center, heated indoor pool, business center, and more
  • Each hotel room showcases deluxe bedding, a flat-screen TV, premium bathroom products
  • Room service available
  • Free Wi-Fi in all common areas and available in hotel rooms for a fee
  • Connected to the Convention Center by Skywalk

Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown

21 North Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Guests enjoy the value of well-lit free parking and free Wi-Fi. At the center of it all is The Bistro, your destination for a great breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Their guest rooms were recently renovated and feature a large work desk and sitting area. The property has a well-equipped fitness center and indoor pool. Additional details available.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Loews has newly renovated guest rooms that are all decorated in chic hues of slate gray with pops of crimson. Guest rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Additional details available.

Roommate Matching


Looking for a roommate to share housing expenses during the 2017 annual convention? Please note that this roommate matching is a courtesy provided by NMA. Unfortunately, NMA cannot be responsible if you are unhappy with whom you ultimately share the hotel room with or if there are cancellations or problems associated with having a roommate.

Travel Information

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is the main airport in Philadelphia and it is located approximately 10 miles from the Philadelphia Convention Center and NMA’s headquarters hotel –  Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Travel time is 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic.

Airport Phone: 1-215-937-6937

Air and Train Travel

Philadelphia International Airport is served by many domestic carriers. Among them are Delta and United, with whom NMA has arranged programs offering discounted airfares.


Delta is offering a discount from July 24 – August 6, 2017.

F / G / J / C / D / Y /A / P / I – 10%
B / M / S / H / Q / K / L – 5%
U / T / V / X – 2%

Use the following code: NMQAL

Reservations and ticketing are available via When booking online, select “Book Your Flight” and enter the Meeting Code – NMQAL — in the box provided.

You may also reserve tickets by calling Delta Meeting Network Reservations at 800-328-1111, Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. CDT. Please note that a direct ticketing charge will apply for booking by phone.


United is offering a discount from July 24-August 6, 2017.

F/J/Y – 10%
C/A/B/M/E/U/H – 5%
D/Z/P/Q/V/W/S/T/L/K/G/N – 2%

Use the following codes: Agreement Code: 189886; Z Code: ZYGV

You may book online at and provide the Agreement Code 189886 and Z Code ZYGV in the Offer Code box when searching for your flights.

Travel agent information:

If you book through your travel agent, they should email United Meetings Administration at, and use the Agreement Code and Z Code listed above, along with the valid travel dates.

United Airlines Reservations Call Desk

Call United Airlines at 1-800-426-1122, Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. CDT. Please provide the meeting agreement and Z codes provided above. For all tickets issued through the United Meetings Reservations Desk, there will be a booking service fee per ticket collected. This fee is subject to change without notice. It is non-refundable and applies to all itineraries, one-way or round trip.

Other Airlines

Philadelphia is served by other airlines, including American Jet Blue, Southwest and Frontier. However, NMA does not have a discounted fare agreement these carriers.


Amtrak trains arrive at the historic 30th Street Station, which is an easy cab ride to the Center City hotels.

Amtrak offers NMA attendees a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to Philadelphia between the dates of July 23-August 7, 2017. To book your reservation, call Amtrak at 1-800-872-7245. When asked what you wish to do, please say “agent” to be connected to a booking agent to complete your reservation. Do not use the automated agent. When speaking to the agent, refer to Convention Fare Code X66E-969. Reservations cannot be booked via the Internet.

This offer is valid on Amtrak Regional trains for all departures seven days a week. It is valid for business class or first class seats, with payment of the full applicable accommodations charges. It is not valid for Acela or Auto Train service.

Amtrak trains arrive at the historic 30th Street Station, which is an easy cab ride to the Center City hotels.

Ground and Airport Transportation

SEPTA Train Service: Airport to Center City

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) provides train service between the Philadelphia International Airport and Center City Philadelphia on the Airport Regional Rail Line. The rail stations are located on the ground level, between each terminal’s baggage claim area and ticketing counter. There are three Center City stations along Market Street, including a station that connects to the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown.

Trains run every 30 minutes and operate from 5:07 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (Airport to Center City) and from 4:52 a.m. to 11:52 p.m. (Center City to Airport). All stations on the Airport Line are wheelchair accessible.

The one-way, on-board cash only fare is $8.00.


Taxi Services

Taxicabs are readily available and can be accessed at Zone 5 on the Commercial Transportation Roadway. All taxis accept credit cards.

Flat Rate Charges

Flat Rate Charges: There is a $29.00 flat-rate charge (one-way fare, airport access fee already included) to travel to Center City Philadelphia. The ride takes approximately 30 minutes, depending upon traffic. An additional $1.00 per passenger ($3.00 maximum) after the first passenger will be charged on flat rate trips between the Airport and Center City for passengers over age 12.

Uber and Lyft also operate out of the Philadelphia International Airport.

Sedan, Limousine Services and Shared Ride Van

To reserve a ride to your destination, please visit the Ground Transportation Information desk located in each baggage claim area. As soon as you have retrieved your luggage, the Ground Transportation Information representative will contact an authorized transportation service provider for you and alert you once your ride arrives.

Sedan and Limousine services can be accessed at Zone 6 and Shared ride van services can be accessed at Zone 7 on the Commercial Transportation Roadway.

Why I Attend Convention

The scientific sessions provide excellent information on advances in my specialty in an environment conducive to discussing special practice issues important for my patients. Spontaneous engagement and discussions with physicians and other healthcare professionals with similar patient demographics further enhances my learning and engagement during the NMA conference.

Roland Matthews, M.D.