Accompanying Persons' Program
Whilst no specific program will be organized for accompanying
persons, the DoubleTree Hotel Concièrge or the local tourist
office offer a very wide range of tours, visits, excursions and activities.
Accompanying Persons are therefore encouraged to make use of these facilities,
and to plan their own schedule.
Accompanying persons are welcome to attend the Receptions
on the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and are also welcome to participate
in the visit to the Kennedy Space Center.
There is an official visit on Thursday 23 September to the Kennedy Space
Center - tickets issued for this visit are valid until Friday 24 September
Arrival in Orlando
Orlando International Airport offers direct flights
to many countries worldwide. There are also excellent domestic flight
connections to all major US airports. The DoubleTree Hotel is about
19 km from the Airport and Mears Transportation (Tel. +1 407 839-1570),
is the designated ground carrier located on Level 1. Round trip shuttle
transportation to the DoubleTree Hotel costs $26.00 for adults and $17.00
for children. Details on Mears
Alternatively, a taxi costs approximately, $45 each way.
Orlando Weather is tropical, with high humidity, and
high heat prevalent through most of the year. The rainy season ends
at the end of September and the weather becomes more pleasant. The normal
high temperature for Orlando during September is 33 °C and the normal
low temperature is 23 °C.
Currency, Banking, Credit cards
The currency is, of course, the US Dollar (USD). Visitors
can change foreign currency at banks, bureaux de change or at most hotels.
The easiest currencies to exchange are Pounds Sterling and Euros.
Travellers Cheques are widely accepted, and many hotels,
travel agencies, and restaurants accept credit cards. Most banks are
equipped to advance cash on credit cards.
There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency
that can be brought into the USA.
The electricity supply in the USA is 120 V AC,
60 Hz. If you travel to the USA with a device that does not accept 120
Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. Outlets are 2
There will be free wifi access in the DoubleTree Hotel
lobby, in the meeting room, and in an internet café located in
the hotel. The daily charge for wifi in all guest rooms is $12.95.
The CIML Meeting will be conducted in English with simultaneous
interpretation into French and vice-versa.
Lunches and refreshment breaks
Lunch will be served Tuesday through Friday (a lunchbox
will be provided on the Thursday due to the Kennedy Space Center visit
schedule). Morning refreshments will be served Tuesday through Friday,
and afternoon refreshments will be served Tuesday through Thursday.
Delegates should please note that no paper documents
will be available for the CIML Meeting; all the CIML Meeting documents
will be made available for download via the CIML
Meeting Agenda page.
Orlando standard time is UTC - 5 hours (Daylight saving
time: +1 hour). Local time, and various other information concerning
Orlando (and indeed all other cities in the world) can be found at the
Time and Date web site.
Tipping is not mandatory in the USA, although guides,
drivers, waiters and hotel staff can be tipped at your discretion if
you feel the level of service provided warrants a tip. Generally 15-20
% is the amount given as a tip for example to taxi drivers and waiters/waitresses.