National Child Welfare Association

2017 NICWA Annual Conference
Travel and Lodging


Lauren Shapiro

Director of Events and Training

(503) 222-4044, ext. 118

This year’s conference will be held in Valley Center at Harrah’s Resort Southern California just a 55-minute shuttle ride away from downtown San Diego, California owned by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. Southern California is home to 19 federally recognized tribes.

Host Hotel

Harrah’s Resort Southern California
777 S. Resort Drive
Valley Center, CA 92082
Online reservations
Reservations by phone: (800) HARRAHS  or (800) 427-7247
Special conference rate: $128 per night, plus tax. This rate is sold out on most nights. The hotel has extended some more rooms to attendees at the rate of $189 per night, plus tax. Rooms are selling fast! Most nights are sold out.

When making reservations, individuals must refer to the group code S3CHI7 to receive the discounted rate. Rates are guaranteed until March 24, 2017, or until sold out. After that the hotel will charge at the prevailing rate (if space allows). Rate includes a pool and lazy river usage, self and valet parking, and 24-hour fitness center usage.

Overflow Hotel:
Pala Casino and Resort
35008 Pala Temecula Road, PMB 40
Pala, CA 92059
Reservations by phone: (877)725-2766
Identify yourself as from the NICWA group and give them group code: NAWD17A
Conference rate: $128 per night, plus tax for April 2-5, 2017. Most nights are sold out. Rates are guaranteed until March 12, 2017, or until sold out. We have a limited number of hotel rooms at this rate. Please note, this hotel is 11 miles away from the host hotel and you will need a rental car to get back and forth. Rate includes a pool use and self and valet parking.

Other area hotels:
Valley View Hotel and Casino
16300 Nyemii Pass Road
Valley Center, CA 92082

Complimentary round-trip airport shuttle service to and from San Diego International Airport and round-trip shopping shuttle to and from Westfield San Diego North County Mall is available to conference participants between the dates of March 31 and April 8, 2017.

Harrah's Resort and NICWA are excited to offer a free airport shuttle to transport participants from San Diego International Airport to Harrah's Resort about 55-minutes away. Conference attendees can make reservations for the complimentary shuttle to and from the San Diego Airport by following this link. When attendees check out, be sure to select direct bill, NOT credit card. Attendees must select shared van to have a free shuttle. Please note, there is a 24 hour lead-time in booking your transportation- anything inside 24 hours will not be complimentary. 

Explore the San Diego Area:
Discover San Diego Everything you need to know about both arriving to and traveling within the San Diego area.
Where to Eat Harrah’s Resort Southern California offers over a dozen dining options ranging in price and style.
Getting around Find information on getting around in the San Diego area.
Activities and Attractions The area surrounding the hotel as well as extending into the San Diego area offer many local attractions including museums, outdoor recreation area, shopping areas, the zoo, and more.