Venue

The conference will be held in Nippon Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey.

Location:
Address:
TopÁu Caddesi, No:6 34437 Taksim - Istanbul / TURKEY
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webaddress: http://www.nipponhotel.com.tr/

Look for further information about rooming.

A Brief about Istanbul

The strategic setting of Istanbul, the only city in the world built on two continents, has formed its destiny as an imperial capital for 1600 years. From the, empires of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, this metropolis with its rich history and natural beauty, offers a friendly welcome and genuine hospitality. Numerous museums, ancient churches, synagogues, basilicas, mosques, mausoleums, palaces, bazaars and baths are standing today as the pride of all civilizations. With more than ten universities and many institutions, Istanbul is the most important centre of Turkish science and culture. For more information about Istanbul, please click here.

Time

Istanbul / Turkey is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Telephones

Pay phones and credit card phones are available in the city.

Electricity

The electrical power supply in Turkey is 220 volts.

Climate and Clothing

May is the beginning of summer with mild weather of approximately 20 - 22 C in the daytime and about 14 - 17 C in the evenings. We recommend you to bring light clothes.

Restaurants and Turkish Cuisine

There is a wide choice of restaurants in Istanbul offering everything from excellent national cuisine to first class international dishes. Traditional Turkish cuisine is famous for its many specialties prepared with fresh vegetables. There are lots of quality restaurants and fast-food shops in the vicinity of the hotel reserved for this meeting. Although service charge is included in most restaurants, leaving a tip at one's own discretion is appreciated.

Shopping

One of the most enjoyable parts of a trip to Istanbul / Turkey is shopping for the rich variety of Turkish crafts. Turkish carpets, kilims, suede and leatherwear as well as other items of clothing are the best buys. Copper, silver, brassware and jewellery are also choices for buying, along with works of ceramics and the famous Turkish meerschaum.

Visa

Please check with your travel agent whether you require an entry visa to Turkey. It is advisable to check in sufficient time before departure.

Currency

The Turkish currency is New Turkish Lira. The exchange rate for Turkish Lira may be followed from exchange offices.

Banking and Exchange Facilities

Foreign money can be changed at banks during normal business days (09.00-17.00 Monday-Friday) as well as at hotels, at the airport and in exchange offices. Exchange rates are set daily by the Central Bank. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Automated bank machines are available at many points throughout the city and at the airport.

Driving Licence

Most international driver's licenses are recognized in Turkey. Car rental companies require for a valid national or international license. Remember to keep to the right-hand side of the road and wear your seat belt at all times.

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