World Massage Festival &
Massage Therapy Hall of Fame


Read our Philosophy - The Bridge Builder


Our Mission Statement: To honor those who built the bridges for our profession,
to educate the general public about massage, to educate therapists
about different types of massage and to have fun.


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Previous Festivals * 2010 Festival * 2011 Festival * 2012 Festival

DIRECTIONS TO WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

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WCU is located in Cullowhee, NC, 5 miles south of Sylva on Highway 107.



From Asheville, NC and points east: Follow I-40 West to Exit 27 (Highway 74 West). Follow Highway 74 West to Exit 85 in Sylva. At third light turn left onto Highway 107 South. Follow Highway 107 South to campus.

From Knoxville, TN and points west: From I-40 East, take Exit 27 to Highway 74 West. Follow Highway 74 to Exit 85 in Sylva. At third light turn left onto Highway 107 South. Follow Highway 107 South to campus.

From Charlotte, NC: From I-85 South, exit onto Highway 74 West towards Shelby. Follow Highway 74 West to I-26 West to Asheville. In Asheville, exit left onto I-40 West. Follow directions above from Asheville.

From Atlanta, GA: From I-85 North, exit left onto I-985. I-985 will turn into GA 365 and will then merge with 441 North. Follow 441 North to Dillsboro, NC. At the light in Dillsboro, turn right onto Business 23. Follow Business 23 through Dillsboro and Sylva to Highway 107 South intersection. Go straight through intersection and follow Highway 107 South to campus.




WMF has chartered a bus from the airport to Western Carolina University for the first 55 people who sign up to take the bus to the campus.
The cost is $40 per person, round trip. The bus will load at 4:30 PM and leave the airport at 5:00 PM SHARP on Thursday evening and leave the WCU campus at 5:00 AM SHARP on Monday morning.

We will issue each rider a special door prize ticket as you board the bus and several tickets will be drawn and door prizes awarded on the way from the airport to the campus!

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RESERVING A SEAT ON THE BUS, PLEASE make sure you select that option on the registration form when you register.

REGISTER EARLY TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS TRANSPORTATION!!!!

IF YOU CHOOSE THIS OPTION...make sure that your flight times work within the time frames stated above!!!!!!!!


Use this as a networking opportunity from the airport to the campus!



AIR TRAVEL TO WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

The closest airport is Asheville Regional Airport and it is served by AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, US Airways and United Airlines.

When making your travel plans, remember that the earlier your book your flight, the cheaper the cost will be! Waiting until a month or a week before the Festival will cause you to have to pay regular business travel rates, usually 2 or 3 times the cost of flight reservations made 2 or 3 months prior to your travel date!

Also keep in mind when making your travel plans that check-in at the residence halls is 8am to 7pm ONLY (except for those taking the WMF charter bus from the airport to the campus). No late arrivals will be able to check into their rooms. If you cannot arrive during those hours, make plans to stay in a hotel along the way, so that you can schedule your arrival during check-in times.




CAB FARE FROM THE AIRPORT - ONE WAY - TO WCU IS OVER $135!!!!



CAR RENTAL AGENCIES AT THE ASHEVILLE AIRPORT

Once you've landed in Asheville, there are national car rental services with counters in the Asheville Regional Airport. Links below will provide you with their reservation number, hours of operation and customer service addresses.

Avis * Budget * Enterprise Rent-A-Car * Hertz * National/Alamo



JACKSON COUNTY SHUTTLE FROM AIRPORT TO WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

A shuttle operated by Jackson County Transit is available from the airport to the University. The current fare is $28 one way.
Travel time from the airport to WCU is about 75 minutes.
TO SCHEDULE A PICKUP - YOU MUST CALL ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE
828-586-0233
SHUTTLE IS ONLY AVAILABLE MONDAY THRU FRIDAY
The EARLIEST shuttle leaves airport for WCU at 8:30 am
The LAST shuttle leaves the airport for WCU at 3:00 pm




GREYHOUND BUS TO WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Greyhound provides bus service to the Asheville and the Waynesville bus stations. Waynesville is only 25 miles from Cullowhee. The only transportation available from the bus station to WCU is by taxi. Please keep in mind that a taxi from Waynesville or Asheville will be expensive.