The city of Calgary is ideally situated where the impressive Canadian prairies meets the rugged snow capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

Today Calgary is home to 1,000,000 people, and over 95 corporate head offices. The second-largest head office city in Canada, Calgary is also Canada's energy capital, and boasts the most educated workforce in the country.

For pre- and post-meeting adventures, Calgary is ideally located close to the pristine wilderness of the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park.
Tours: Banff/Calgary

Airport and Transportation
The Calgary International Airport operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and connects more than 200 daily non-stop flights to the world. The Calgary International Airport is situated north of the downtown center, and is approximately 22 kilometers, or approximately 25 minute taxi ride from Downtown Calgary. The fare is approximately $40.00 CDN. At the airport, just outside of the arrivals luggage area, you will find taxi queues where you will be able to catch a taxi to take you downtown.

Once downtown, you will find a light rail system, known as the C-Train, on the street adjacent to the Telus Conference Centre that can be used to explore Calgary. The city and suburbs is also well serviced by taxis and buses. Calgary is a safe and livable city and it is quite safe to walk and travel around Calgary, day and night.

The conference venue and the host hotels have been chosen to allow you easy walking distance and easy access to the many restaurants, museums and tourist locations in the downtown area.

Banking and Currency
Canadian dollars and cents form the monetary system in Canada. Canadian currency come as a basic unit 100 cents = $1.00. Notes come in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Coins come in 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, $1, and $2 denominations.

Currency exchange facilities are available at chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, ATB, private exchange outlets and at the airport and operate normal business hours. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops, the most widely used being MasterCard and VISA.

Business Hours
Banks generally open from approximately 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are available in selected locations around the city and are marked with the Plus or Interac symbol and will accept automated banking cards from outside Canada. Banks charge a fee of approximately $3.00 - $4.00 for international transactions. Each bank sets an exchange rate. Most venues will accept major national or international credit cards and travelers cheques for payment.

Climate and Clothing
Calgary has a climate of 4 distinct seasons. The conference is being held in September, the fall season, where the weather can be unpredictable. Bring a warm jacket and clothing that can be layered. Average temperature is 11 degrees Celsius.

Eating Out
Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and
decor. In the downtown area, walking distance from any of the host hotels is a wide variety of food outlets. Our local specialty is Alberta beef and is proudly featured at most fine restaurants. The downtown area also hosts several cultural restaurants for you to choose from including Indian, Chinese, Russian, Thai, British and feature Canadian and international wines and beverages of your choice.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)
The six percent federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) applies to most goods and services. Foreign visitors may claim a full rebate of the GST on non-consumable goods (items purchased in Canada that they take out of the country within 60 days of purchase) and on short term accommodation. There is no rebate on consumable items such as meals, liquor, tobacco and gasoline.

To Apply for a GST Refund
Present your original receipts at a participating Canadian duty-free shop for a total cash refund of up to $500 Canadian when leaving Canada. Foreign visitors can also mail a completed refund application along with the original receipts to the address on the application. You have one year to make a claim for refund. Allow six to eight weeks for a refund. For further information contact Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.
Download the GST Refund Form

Language
The official language for the conference and in Calgary is English.

Parking
Parking is available at each of the host hotels and at the conference venue. The daily rates range and average $25.00 per day.

Passport and Visa
Visitors must carry a proof of citizenship. Passports and birth certificates are recommended. Check with the nearest Canadian Consulate, Canadian Embassy or High Commission well in advance of a trip to Canada.

Planning your travel
Because of the time change and jet lag, the organizing committee suggests you consider arriving in Canada by September 22nd, 2007. This will enable you to relax and familiarize yourself with your hotel and its surroundings before the start of the conference.

Shopping
Downtown shops are open from approximately 9:00 am to 4:30 pm during the week. There is a large 4 block shopping centre about 5 minutes from the conference centre. The mall holds many clothing shops, specialty stores, jewelers, banks, restaurants and convenience/drug stores. There are also two large department stores on each end of the downtown mall area.

Tipping
Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for good service and is not regulated in Calgary. It is customary to tip hotel porters, restaurant servers and taxi operators and a gratuity of approximately 15% is usual.