Accommodations

VSS 2019 Hotel Reservations

The 19th annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society will be held at the Tradewinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach, Florida. VSS has negotiated special room rates for the TradeWinds Island Grand and Guy Harvey Outpost hotels for the 2019 meeting.

To receive the VSS rate and a waived resort fee, you MUST book by calling (800) 808-9833. Be sure to state group code “VSS“.

Important: If you book a room through a wholesaler like hotels.com, the hotel will NOT waive your resort fee.

All rates are for single or double occupancy. Additional people will be charged $15 each per night. Discount rates are available May 13 – 24, 2019.

Reservation Deadline

Update: As of April 16th, the VSS hotel room block is sold out! Online booking is no longer available.
For all rooming inquiries or to be added to the wait list, please email . Typically, there are a number of cancellations during the month of April.

The deadline to reserve a hotel room is April 13, 2019.

Room Share

For those seeking to share a room, login to your VSS account, go to “member services,” and select “room sharing.” This will allow you to either find a roommate or to search for an attendee who has a room to share.

TradeWinds Island Grand

The TradeWinds Island Grand is the meeting hotel for the VSS Meeting. Booking a room here means you are only steps away from the meeting rooms, poster sessions, and social events. There are several room types available at the TradeWinds Island Grand. See below for a description of each room type available for VSS attendees.

Room Types

Standard Room: $165
Two double or King available upon request. (300 sq ft)

Tropical View Room with Balcony: $183
View of Pirate Island and surrounding landscape, two queen beds or King available upon request. (300 sq ft)

Standard One Bedroom Suite: $193
Two double beds in a separate room, a sofa bed that pulls out to a double; can accommodate up to 6 people. (384 sq ft)

Gulf Front Room with Balcony: $203
Two queen beds, stunning view of beach and Gulf of Mexico. (300 sq ft)

Tropical View One Bedroom Suite with Balcony: $228
Two queen beds in a separate room, a sofa bed in living room area that pulls out to a double; can accommodate up to 6 people. (536 sq ft)

Tropical View Two Bedroom Suite with Balcony: $348
View of Pirate Island and surrounding landscape, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a living area with double-size sofa bed; can accommodate up to 10 people. (820 sq ft)

Amenities at Island Grand

All Island Grand rooms include wet bar with mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and mini-bar; hairdryer, iron/board.

The $45.00 resort fee (waived on all VSS block rooms) provides access to overnight parking, daily paper, wireless internet in guest rooms and common areas, fitness center, in-room safe and business center. Also included are one hooded beach cabana daily, use of tennis courts, 3-story waterslide, Triple WipeOut surf ride (Guy Harvey Outpost), paddleboats along the waterway, mini-golf, campfire s’mores, beach volleyball, beach games and more.

Guy Harvey Outpost

The Guy Harvey Outpost is the sister hotel located 100 yards from the Island Grand, a short seven-minute walk to the meeting hotel by street or by beach.

Standard Room: $152
Each room comes with two double beds and offers a mini-bar and complete wet bar area with mini-fridge, microwave oven and coffee maker.

Government Rooms

The official VSS block of government rate rooms is SOLD OUT. If you would like to be put on the wait list, please send your request to In order to apply for a government rate room, you must be a registered VSS attendee.

Overflow Hotels

There are several hotels located on the beach within walking distance of the TradeWinds. The two closest properties are the Sirata Beach Resort and The Alden Suites. Other hotels include Howard Johnson’s and the Grand Plaza Hotel.