Buoy Workshop

Travel Information

Hotel Ballast Wilmington
301 N Water St
Wilmington, NC 28401

Group rate: $175 plus tax per night.
Group registration link

To register by phone: 1-800-HILTONS and use the code BYW with the receptionist.

Group Registration Rate good through Friday, 19 August. 

Hotel parking: $15/day

Bringing modern Southern hospitality to life through the lens of Wilmington’s past and present, Hotel Ballast is a fresh take on a beloved riverfront gem. The city’s rich maritime history is felt throughout, balanced by new guest experiences, including dining at the riverfront Board and Barrel Coastal Kitchen, lingering over locally roasted coffee at Buffalo Bayou, and savoring stunning waterfront and skyline views from 272 newly upgraded guest rooms and suites.

A free shuttle will be available from Wilmington International Airport (ILM) to the Hotel Ballast.

Visa and Customs

Important Information

  1. Visitors who are citizens of certain countries are required to have an entry visa in order to visit the United States (U.S.). The requirements and list of countries that are eligible for the visa waiver program is available at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html
  2. Participants who require a U.S. visa are encouraged to start the application process EARLY. Processing time varies by country and embassy or consulate. Some visas have a processing time of 1-2 months.
  3. For more information, please check with your travel professional, or visit http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html. U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Cultural Affairs

Letter of Invitation

If you require a Letter of Invitation from the conference organizers, please include the following in an EMAIL REQUEST to: [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]

  • Full name, as shown on your passport – Indicate FAMILY NAME in ALL CAPS
  • Institution or Company
  • Complete mailing address, including COUNTRY
  • Email address
  • Phone/Fax
  • Travel dates to/from YOUR COUNTRY
  • Title of your abstract or presentation, if applicable

IMPORTANT: If you do NOT receive an email confirmation within 24 hours, FAX a copy of your email message to +1-508-457 2194.

Requests for Letters of Invitation are verified against your Buoy Workshop 2022 registration or submitted and approved Abstract of the planned Presentation at the Workshop. We will send you an electronic (PDF) copy of the Letter of Invitation via email, usually within 2-3 days.

Important Dates
Registration & Sponsorship
Speaker Information
Exhibitor Information
Past Workshops