Salou, 1-5 October, 2012

General Information


Banks:
Official opening hours of banks in Spain are from 8.30 to 14.00 from Monday to Friday, closed in the afternoon. It is possible to change foreign currency into Euros in the main city hotels.

Climate:
Salou  enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild, sunny winters, warm summers and relatively low rainfall. The average temperature in October is 14/16ºC minimum and 18/20ºC maximum. Our sunny summer days are ideal for strolling along the shop lined promenades or sitting out on a restaurant or café terrace.

Credit Cards, Currency and Exchange:
All major international credit cards are accepted. Foreign currency and traveler's checks can be exchanged in Spain at banks and foreign exchange offices. Cash-point machines accepting major international credit card and charge cards are available at most banks. The Spanish currency is the Euro.

Electrical power:
A 2-pin round adapter is necessary for electrical appliances. The electric current used is 220 volts/50hz.

Entering Spain:
Visitors from other European Union member countries may enter Spain using either a passport or their national identity document. Visitors from other countries must have a valid passport and a visa if required. Inquiries regarding visas can be directed to Spanish diplomatic representatives abroad. On request, the Conference Secretariat will be pleased to send letter of invitation to individual scientists. Invitations of this kind are intended to assist potential delegates to raise their travel funds or obtain visas. They do not imply any commitment or responsibility on behalf of the Conference to provide financial support. Delegates requesting a letter of invitation must pay through bank transfer, no credit card payment will be accepted.

Insurance:
Delegates are advised to arrange health and accident insurance prior to travelling to the Conference. The Conference Organisers will not assume any responsibility for accidents, losses or damages, as well as for delays or modifications in the programme, caused by unforeseen circumstances. No claims for indemnification from the organisers shall arise for contractors or participants in case of cancellation, for any reason, of the entire Conference.

Shopping:
Normal trading hours are Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 13.00 and 16.30 to 20.00. As Sitges is a summer village, shops should be opened also on Sundays.

Tipping:
Service is generally included in restaurant bills. Tips, however, are given to shop appreciation of a good meal or special service.

VAT:
There is a variable value added tax (VAT-IVA) of 8% to 18% applied to most items and services but in most prices you see will include it. When it is not included, this should be clearly indicated.