Social Events

The 2013 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems

(CTS 2013)

May 20-24, 2013

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

San Diego, California, USA


Excursion One: Old Town San Diego: Shopping and Dining

Monday, May 20, 2013 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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Join us for shopping and dining in Historic Old Town San Diego. This uniquely Californian town offers visitors a chance to step back in time to the nineteenth century. Old Town San Diego, the first European settlement in what is now California is often called the state's birthplace. In 1769, Catholic priest Father Junipero Serra founded California's first Spanish mission here. The mission eventually moved further inland and 1820s settlers moved closer to the water into the Gaslamp Quarter, leaving "Old Town" behind.

Today's Old Town San Diego centers on the oldest area of the first settlement. It includes a state historic park and related historic sites outside the park.

This is THE place to do your souvenir shopping.

We will explore the wide variety of shops, many in old historic buildings and then we will dine at Café Coyote, voted Best Mexican Restaurant 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012. For more information, please see and .

Pricing and Transportation:

Round trip transportation to Old Town will be $12 per person. Dinner and shopping is pay as you go.

Excursion Two: Catamaran Sailing Cruise on San Diego Bay

Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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Join us for a one of a kind sailing experience on the San Diego Bay! Experience one-of-a-kind views of the Downtown skyline, the Coronado Bridge, Coronado, and all of the military aircraft carriers along the Embarcadero. We will embark on this adventure from the dock right outside of our conference hotel! On board you will enjoy music and refreshments as you enjoy the spectacular views. This is an adventure you will not soon forget! For more information, please see

Pricing and Transportation: $65.00 per person, which includes the tour, gratuities, hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be a cash bar for alcohol.

This tour requires a minimum of 30 people, so advanced ticket purchasing is recommended on the conference registration website to guarantee that we have the minimum number of people to hold this event. Sign up for this trip on the conference registration page.

Excursion Three: All Day Excursion to Balboa Park

Friday, May 24, 2013 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

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BALBOA PARK EXPERIENCE – Encompassing 1,200 acres, Balboa Park is a magnificent cultural complex that includes 15 museums and eight gardens. Often referred to as the “Smithsonian of the West,” Balboa Park is the largest urban park in North America, exceeding even Central Park in New York in size. Filled with cultural treasures, architectural grandeur, lush landscapes, stunning gardens and award-winning performing arts.

The day pass will allow us to experience 4 of 14 of the top attractions in a single day. There is also an option to expand the pass to all the included attractions for up to 7 days and we will provide that option at registration if you plan on extending your stay in San Diego.

The included attractions are (our chosen 4 proposed attractions for our group are designated with a *--these are open to change based on the preferences of the group):

Japanese Friendship Garden

Mingei International Museum

Museum of Photographic Arts

* Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

* San Diego Air & Space Museum

SDAI- Museum of the Living Artist

San Diego Automotive Museum

San Diego Hall of Champions

San Diego History Center

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

* San Diego Museum of Man

* San Diego Natural History Museum

San Diego Museum of Art

Veterans Museum & Memorial Center

Pricing and Transportation: Prices below include round trip transportation to and from the park.

One day pass (for up to 4 of the 14 included attractions)

Adult: $53 Child (6-12): $41

7 day pass (for all 14 of the included attractions)

Adult: $63 Child (6-12): $41

Excursion Four: All Day Excursion to San Diego Zoo

Friday, May 24, 2013 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

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Join us on a trip to WHERE THE ANIMALS ARE THE STARS… THE SAN DIEGO ZOO - Founded by Dr. Harry M. Wegeforth in 1916, the Zoo has grown exponentially from modest beginnings. The Zoo’s first inhabitants were "adopted" animals left from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in Balboa Park. Today, the San Diego Zoo is the world's foremost zoological facility and is known for its extensive collection of flora and fauna. We will explore and visit new and innovative exhibits, trademarks of the San Diego Zoo. Recent additions and renovations to the Zoo include: the Giant Panda Research Station, Gorilla Tropics, Hippo Beach, Polar Bear Plunge, Scripps Aviary, Tiger River, and Sun Bear Forest. Come take a walk on the wild side at the San Diego Zoo!

Pricing and Transportation: Prices below include round trip transportation to and from the San Diego Zoo.

Adult: $59 Child (3-11): $49

Excursion Five - All Day Excursion to San Diego Safari Park


For any questions concerning Social Events, please contact Social Events Chair, Felicia Harlow, at