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TRAVEL INFORMATION

FLY DOMESTIC TO GLOBE 2010 WITH AIR CANADA AND SAVE!

airplaneGLOBE 2010 is proud to partner with Air Canada to extend preferred rates to all GLOBE 2010 participants. To book your flight, visit aircanada.com and enter the promotional code 4CKCYE91 in the search panel to access GLOBE 2010 discounted airfares.



FLY INTERNATIONAL TO GLOBE 2010 ON LUFTHANSA AND SAVE!

Lufthansa

Lufthansa German Airlines offers a comprehensive global route network linking major cities around the world with Vancouver. GLOBE 2010 participants can choose to fly to Vancouver any time between March 17 and April 2. To make your reservation, please visit the Lufthansa Meetings & Events website and enter the access code USAIW in the "Access to Event Booking" area.

Offsetters

GLOBE 2010 participants are encouraged to make their participation in the event as sustainable as possible. Below are some tips and ideas to reduce your ecological footprint.


Travel to and from the event:

  • Book your travel via the most direct route possible as multiple take-offs and landings cause substantial increases in emissions
  • Utilize public transit or shuttle services from the airport to your accommodations to reduce GHG emissions
  • Check out the Offsetters online emissions calculator to learn about the climate impacts of your participation in GLOBE 2010.

 

Public transit Information:

  • TransLink, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority, covers all public transit services available in Vancouver. Visit their website to find information on the following services:
  • Coast Mountain Buses serve the City of Vancouver. A number of buses stop near the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre.
  • SkyTrain is Vancouver's light rapid transit system, which connects the Lower Mainland of BC. The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre is near Waterfront Station.
  • SeaBus is Vancouver's passenger ferry service connecting downtown Vancouver to the North Shore. The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre is located near the Waterfront Terminal.
  • West Coast Express is a commuter rail service linking Mission, Port Haney, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody with downtown Vancouver. The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre is near Waterfront Station.

 

Getting around downtown:

  • Walking: The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre is within walking distance of most downtown locations. Plan your trip by foot (Note: the Convention Centre is L5 on this map)
  • Biking: There are numerous bike racks available outside of the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, as well as on the first level of the parking lot. This map shows Vancouver's bike routes, and includes information on taking bicycles on public transit. Plan your trip by bicycle

 

Exploring the city:

  • Consider participating in ecotourism activities during your stay. Visit the Tourism Vancouver website for a list of companies offering ecotourism activities.
  • See the city on foot by taking a walking tour, or hiking a local trail
  • Buy locally-produced goods and services

 

If you are staying at a hotel:

  • Turn off any lights, TV, air conditioner or heaters when you leave your hotel room for the day to decrease energy consumption.
  • If your hotel offers this service, opt into towel and linen reuse programs to reduce the consumption of energy, water and soap.

 

Language
While Canada has two official languages - French and English - English is the predominant language in the west. Multilingual staff are commonly found in major tourism and business facilities.

Currency
Canada's currency system based on dollars and cents, with a dollar equating to 100 cents. Currency exchange services are available throughout the city; as well, US currency is accepted at most places in Vancouver.

Electricity
Electricity in Canada is 110 volt AC (alternating current), as in the United States.

Taxes
A Provincial sales tax of 7% is applicable to most purchases; however, goods purchased by a visitor and shipped directly to their home outside of the province are exempt. An additional 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) is also applied to most goods and services. Accommodation in the Vancouver area is taxed at 15%.

Customs Entry Requirements
US citizens and permanent residents require a birth or baptismal certificate together with picture identification, a resident alien card, a green card or passport to enter Canada. All other international travelers require valid passports and some will require visas.