HELPFUL INFORMATION

Internet Café and Business Center

A complimentary Internet Café and business center for delegates will be available at the venue. The center is furnished with several computers, connection points for laptops, and printers. Computers will be equipped with standard software applications. 

Business Hours

Banks, post offices, grocery stores, major shops, and public offices are generally open as follows:

  • Bank branch hours (ask the hotel concierge for the closest branch): Monday to Friday 09:00 -17:00, Saturday 09:00 – 13:00, Sundays closed.
  • Two cash withdrawal machines (ATM), available 24 hours a day, are located inside the Marriott, one in the north tower and one in the south tower.
  • The nearest U.S. Post Office is located at 51 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101; phone: 800-ASK-USPS; hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00, Saturday 10:00 – 17:00; Sunday closed.
  • Public offices are typically open Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00.
  • Shops are typically open 7 days a week 08:00 – 21:00
  • Restaurants and are typically open 7 days a week 08:00 – 23:00

Climate and Clothing

San Diego enjoys beautiful weather year round with an average daily temperature of 22ºC / 71ºF.
Bringing a sweater or jacket with you to air-conditioned meeting rooms or for chilly evenings is recommended.

Credit Cards

American Express, MasterCard, Discover, and Visa are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and shops.

Currency

All prices quoted in this program are in U.S. dollars (USD). Currency (and travelers’ cheques in most major foreign currencies) can be exchanged at Travelex locations within the San Diego International Airport, any bank, in most of the larger hotels, and foreign exchange companies throughout San Diego.

In the U.S. banknotes are issued in USD in the following denominations: $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100. Coins in use are: pennies ($0.01), nickels ($0.05), dimes ($0.10), quarters ($0.25), half-dollars ($0.50), and dollars ($1.00). Delegates are advised to check for the latest exchange rates before departure for the General Assembly.

Dress Code

The dress code for all meetings of the ISO General Assembly and the gala dinner is business attire or national dress.  For the welcome reception, business attire with flat footwear is recommended.  If you plan to take active advantage of USS Midway tours and displays, appropriate smart casual attire with flat shoes should be considered.

Electricity Supply

Voltage in the U.S. is 120 Volts (60 Hz), and is supplied through either a Type A or Type B socket. These socket types are very similar, with Type B having a third prong for grounding. Type A plugs will function in both Type A and Type B sockets. If required, we recommend bringing the appropriate adapter(s) for your needs.

Type A plug & socketType B plug & socket
Type A SocketType B Socket

First Aid

A first aid service will be available and full information will be given upon arrival. Emergency medical, police, or fire assistance can be summoned from any public phone by dialing 911.

For first aid, please dial 53 from any house phone.  The Marriott Marquis security officers will respond, some of whom are Emergency Medical Technicians.

Health and Safety

The U.S. is a safe country, however, travelers should still take normal precautions during their stay.  Some health risks apply to travelers to all countries.  Visit http://travel.state.gov/ for information before planning your travel to the U.S.

Insurance

The ISO GA 2012 organizers cannot accept any responsibility for accidents, losses, and/or damages which may occur. Participants are advised to obtain travel, medical, personal accident, and luggage insurance in their home country prior to departure.

Internet Connections

The San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel & Marina offers optional internet access in guest rooms for an additional cost of $12.95 per day.  Free high-speed WiFi internet access is guaranteed to all delegates within the ISO GA Business Center and all ISO GA locations (meeting rooms).

Language

English is the dominant language of the U.S., though Spanish is widely spoken in San Diego.  Signs, however, are often written in both languages.

Meal Facilities

The San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel and Marina is located in the heart of San Diego. There are many cafes, coffee shops, and restaurants within the hotel and within easy walking distance.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in public buildings, shopping areas, theatres, cinemas, rental cars, taxis, buses, and hotel rooms. Public smoking areas at the Marriott Marquis are outside the main lobby just to the left of the valet booth and outside the fitness center on the 1st level, North Tower.

Designated smoking areas at the USS Midway during the Welcome Reception will be at elevator three outside hangar two on the hangar deck, and on the aft portion of the flight deck

Taxes

All applicable taxes will be added to the price of goods and services, and will not be refunded upon departure from the U.S.

Telephones

Both GSM and CDMA standards for cell phones are used in the United States.

Time Zone

The time zone in San Diego, California is Pacific Standard Time (GMT -8hours).

Tipping

Common tipping rates are 15% for average service and 20% for exceptional service. A mandatory gratuity of approximately 20% may be applicable for restaurant parties of six or more. Porters generally receive $1.00 – $2.00 per bag. Taxi cab driver tips are typically 15%. Housekeeping tipping is optional, and is typically $1.00 – $2.00 per night.

WHEN AND WHERE?

On 17-22 September 2012, the United States will play host to the world’s standardization community as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomes ISO to San Diego, California. The official venue is the San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel & Marina– a full- service hotel and meeting center located in downtown San Diego, just two miles from the San Diego International Airport.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Participation in the ISO GA 2012 is open to delegates appointed by ISO members and representatives of invited international organizations. For more information, contact your national standards body.

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