2020 SPEE Annual Meeting

The planning for the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers 2020 Annual Meeting is underway. Information on the Annual Meeting, the hotel, and travel to the sailing capital of the world, Newport, Rhode Island, is provided below. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Suter at (832) 972-7733 or debbie@spee.org.


Technical events include a 4-hour short course on Saturday afternoon and two 4-hour short courses on Sunday, plus one half-day on Monday and one full day on Tuesday of technical sessions. There will be opportunities to network and socialize during group and guest activities Sunday through Tuesday and at the Monday evening Gala and Awards Dinner.


Located on Goat Island and surrounded by Narragansett Bay, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina is centrally located to nearby landmark mansions, museums, vineyards, golf courses, beaches, state parks, scenic walks, and cruises.

Gurney’s offers SPEE group rates from Saturday, June 13th to Tuesday, June 16th, 2020, at a block rate of $295.00 plus state and local taxes and a $1 per night Newport Tourism Assessment Fee. The resort fee ($30) will be waived for all attendees, and guests will receive the following at no additional cost:

  • Luxury Shuttle Transportation to/from Downtown Newport
  • Seasonal Water Shuttle to/from Bowen’s Wharf and Perrotti Park
  • Complimentary Guestroom Wireless Internet Access
  • 24-Hour Access to Fitness Center
  • Unlimited Local Phone Calls
Cancellation policy: Individual guestroom reservations must be cancelled at least five (5) days prior to arrival, 4:00 PM EST, to avoid forfeiting the one (1) night room and tax deposit. No-show reservations will also be subject to a charge equal to one night’s room and tax.

Early Departure Fee: Guests who have reserved a room within the Group’s block and check out prior to their reserved checkout date will be charged an early departure fee of one night’s room and tax to their individual account. Guests must advise the hotel at or before check-in if they wish to depart early to avoid the fees.

A dedicated booking website is available for the SPEE Annual Meeting. Attendees can make, modify, and cancel hotel reservations online using the following link:

Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina Hotel Reservations

For attendees who prefer to make reservations via phone, reservations can be made by calling 401-851-3332 or 401-851-3366. Please mention the group name “SPEE 57th Annual Meeting” when making reservations.

Reservation requests must be made by Monday, May 11, 2020.

SPEE Annual Meeting attendees will receive a 15% discount on spa services at The Seawater Spa. Additional information is available at Spa Services.

The hotel will honor the group discount rate three (3) days before and after the Annual Meeting, subject to availability or contracted room types. Guests are welcome to extend their trip a few extra days to explore Newport with a trolley tour or enjoy a stunning sunset sail in the historical waterfront. Newport is located 72 miles from Boston, Massachusetts and 33 miles from Providence, Rhode Island. Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod are all within easy reach for wider exploration of the New England area!



  • Providence (PVD): The best way to travel to Newport is to fly into Providence and then take the 30-minute drive south to Newport via I-95. T.F. Green Airport (PVD) is 25 miles north of Newport.
  • Boston (BOS): From Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS), Newport is a drive of about 1 hour and 15 minutes (if traffic isn't bad).
Other options are New York City or Hartford, which are both about a 3-hour drive.

  • Uber from PVD to Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina (40-60 minutes):
  • Car Rentals:

    A complete list of car rental companies can be found on the airport’s website.

    NOTE: June is high season in Newport and traffic is very slow and congested. The hotel shuttle and water shuttle (or a short walk across the bridge) are the best ways to access the downtown area. There is much to see within walking distance or hop on the Newport Trolley for $2.00 per day.


Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina offers free self-parking or valet parking at a discounted rate of $20.00 per day for attendees of the SPEE Annual Meeting.