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General Information

The Conference Site and Venue

The conference will take place at the David Intercontinental Hotel Tel-Aviv, which is only a twenty-five minute drive from “Ben-Gurion” International Airport, less than an hour from Jerusalem and within easy reach of the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea.

Tel-Aviv is the 2nd largest city of Israel. As an exciting and cosmopolitan mix of leisure activities, Tel-Aviv offers something for everyone – to be fully enjoyed in its ideal Mediterranean climate: outdoor cafes, ethnic restaurants, historic sites, open oriental markets and of course, the Mediterranean coast and its golden beaches.

The Organizing Committee will reserve rooms at the conference venue, which will be offered to the participants at special reduced rates when booked via the Conference Secretariat, ORTRA Ltd.

Exhibition

A relevant, professional exhibition will accompany the Conference. Companies, agencies, manufacturers and publishers who are interested are invited to contact the Conference Secretariat for further information.

Language

The official language of the Conference is English.

Travel

Ben Gurion International Airport (BGIA), located just off the road linking Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is one of the busiest airports in the Middle East. Many major international airlines arrive at and depart from BGIA with increasing frequency.

Climate and Clothing

March is the end of the winter, beginning of spring, in Israel. Temperatures in Tel Aviv range between 15 - 25°C / 60 - 75°F. Rain is possible. Dress will be informal throughout the Conference. In addition, modest dress appropriate for visits to religious sites is recommended.

Pre and Post-Conference Tours

Pre and Post-Conference tours in Israel will be arranged for interested participants. Further details will be published under Tourist Information.

Currency

The unit of currency in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS) commonly known as the Shekel.

Approximate currency rates as of September 2016 are as follows:
US $ 1 = NIS 3.8  |  Euro € 1 = NIS 4.23
There are no restrictions on transfer and use of foreign currencies in Israel.
Most international credit cards are accepted.

Electricity

Electricity in Israel is supplied at 220V, 50Hz and has a three-pin connecting plug.

Value Added Tax Reimbursement

According to the Value Added Tax (VAT) Law, a foreign tourist is able to benefit from a zero rate of VAT on a vast array of services obtained during a stay in Israel. In addition, a special arrangement exists whereby a tourist may also request a VAT refund on purchases made during a stay. 

For more details please visit the official website of the Ministry of Finance, Israeli Department of Customs and VAT.