VSS 2020 Hotel Reservations
If you reserved a hotel room under the VSS block at the TradeWinds Island Resorts, your hotel room will be cancelled automatically, and your deposit refunded. If you do not receive notification of your cancellation, contact the TradeWinds at (800) 808-9833. If you booked at the TradeWinds but outside the VSS block, you need to personally cancel your reservation. And if you booked other accommodations, you will also need to personally cancel your reservation.
The 20th 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 the RumFish Beach Resort (formerly the Guy Harvey Outpost) hotels for the 2020 meeting.
All rates are for single or double occupancy. Additional people will be charged $15 each per night. Discount rates are available May 11 – 22, 2020.
The deadline to reserve a hotel room at the VSS rate is April 11, 2020 or until the VSS room block is sold out.
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.
Standard Room: $169
Two double beds (King available upon request). (300 sq ft)
Tropical View Room with Balcony: $187
View of Pirate Island and surrounding landscape. Two queen beds (King available upon request). (300 sq ft)
Gulf Front Room with Balcony: $207
Stunning view of the beach and Gulf of Mexico. Two queen beds (King available upon request). (300 sq ft)
Standard One Bedroom Suite: $197
Two double beds in a separate room and a double-size sofa bed in the living area; can accommodate up to 6 people. (384 sq ft)
Tropical View One Bedroom Suite with Balcony: $232
View of Pirate Island and surrounding landscape. Two queen beds in a separate room and a double-size sofa bed in the living area; can accommodate up to 6 people. (536 sq ft)
Tropical View Two Bedroom Suite with Balcony: $356
View of Pirate Island and surrounding landscape. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a living area with a double-size sofa bed; can accommodate up to 10 people. (820 sq ft)
Amenities at Island Grand
All Island Grand rooms include a complete wet bar area with mini-fridge, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, and dishware, as well as hairdryer and iron/board.
The $45.00 resort fee (waived on all VSS block rooms) provides access to overnight parking, wireless internet in guest rooms and common areas, the fitness center, an in-room safe, and the business center. Also included in the resort fee is daily use of a hooded beach cabana, two tennis courts, five swimming pools, the 3-story tall High Tide Waterslide, paddle boats along the waterway, mini-golf, and more.
RumFish Beach Resort
The RumFish Beach Resort is the sister hotel to the Island Grand. Located 100 yards from the Island Grand, the RumFish is just a short seven-minute walk to the meeting hotel by street or by beach.
Standard Room: $156
Each room comes with two double beds and offers a complete wet bar area with mini-fridge, microwave oven, coffee maker, toaster, and dishware, as well as a hairdryer.
Government Room Rate
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 . Government-rate rooms are available to VSS attendees. The number of government-rate rooms is limited, and they will be filled on a first come, first-served basis.
To reserve a government-rate room, send an email to “” and include the following information: first name, last name, # in party, arrival date, departure date.
Note: To obtain the government rate, you must present your government ID upon check-in.
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.