ECHO® International Agriculture Conference

The ECHO International Agriculture Conference has a rich history of international workers and visitors attending our conference. We are always delighted to receive guests who bring perspectives from the field to the conference. Please use this page to help you navigate the process of attending this conference. We have divided into two sections Before you leave and Planning for your arrival

Before you Leave:

Read below for information on registration, payment, visas, health insurance, and what to pack!

1. Procure your visa for visiting the United States

Most visitors to the United States need a visa for entry. Nationals from Visa Waiver Program countries and territories may visit without getting a visa prior to arrival. To find out more about your specific needs for U.S. Visas visit the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

2. Register For The Conference Online

Register For The Conference

Please do not register if you do not yet have a visa to come to the United States.

3. Get Health Insurance

If you are traveling internationally, you will need international health insurance for your stay. You can buy your international health insurance through ECHO for $30 per person. When you register, add health insurance to your order in addition to your ticket.

Planning your arrival

Read below for information on how to best travel to the ECHO Conference and what to bring with you!

Arrival by plane in Fort Myers

The hotel offers complimentary transportation to and from the Fort Myers airport. We highly recommend that you book all travel to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).

Arrival by plane in other Florida airports

There are several large international airports within several hours drive from the conference venue including Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Miami (MIA), Tampa (TPA), and Orlando (MCO). These are not recommended as we do not provide transportation to and from these airports. Each of these airports are:

  1. 3-4 hours away from Fort Myers
  2. Require a rental car to drive to Fort Myers
  3. Miami (MIA) has limited public transportation: Greyhound Bus to Fort Myers
    • Customer service number: +1 (214) 849-8966
    • local office: +1 (239) 334-1011)

If you book a rental car ahead of time, you can usually get a good price, from $20 / day. You will need car insurance (most major credit cards will have rental insurance built in- check with your bank). If you are able to carpool with other delegates, this is a good way to save money.

We have created a forum on for ride sharing. You must be a member of our website and sign in to use the forum. Please sign in and then follow the link to the forum here.

Ride Share Forum


The conference registration fee does not include hotel costs. The ECHO International Agriculture Conference encourages guests to take advantage of the reduced –cost hotel rate through the Holiday Inn, where the conference will be held. This is typically $125.00/night (before tax) per room.

If you are able to room with another attendee, this will lower costs. ECHO does try to match single attendees who are traveling alone with others who are interested in sharing a room. ECHO will only match women with women, and men with men.

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What to Pack

ECHO's International Agriculture Conference has a casual dress code. Time will be spent inside and on the farm, so please wear comfortable clothing.

November in Southwest Florida is the beginning of the cold season, and the air conditioning in the hotel is usually even colder. If you are used to more tropical climates, please pack a light sweater or other warm clothing. Average temperatures Highs / Lows in November are 81° / 62°F or 27.2°C / 16.7 °C. We recommend bringing:

  • A light jacket that can get wet
  • A water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • A hat
  • Bug spray