General information

Brochure
5th World Summit on Arts and Culture registration brochure
La brochure d’inscription au 5e Sommet mondial des arts et de la culture  
El folleto informativo de la 5ª Cumbre Mundial de las Artes y la Cultura

Venue
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is conveniently located on the banks of the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne city.  The fully-equipped MCEC is close to restaurants, hotels and public transport hubs and just 25 minutes by car from Melbourne Airport. 

The new Melbourne Convention Centre has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star environmental rating by the Green Building Council of Australia -  the first in the world for a convention centre.

A completely modern complex, the MCEC is a landmark in the area, perched on the south bank of the Yarra River and surrounded on all sides by trams, trains, buses, taxi ranks and ample parking.  A short stroll along the iconic Southbank Promenade places you in the heart of Melbourne city - Australia's culture capital.

Language
The official language of the World Summit is English.  Interpretation services will be available in French and Spanish for a number of sessions during the Summit.

Name Badges
All delegates will receive a name badge upon registration.  This badge is the official pass and must be worn to obtain entry to all World Summit sessions and associated activities.

Time
At the time of the World Summit, Melbourne will be 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Climate and Clothing
With its variable climate, Melbourne is warm in spring (September to November). It is recommended that visitors bring clothing suitable for warm days and mild nights.

Average maximum temperature during October 25°C
Average minimum temperature during October 19°C

Exchange Rate
Australian currency fluctuates on the international monetary exchange.  Therefore we recommend checking with your local bank for the exchange rate just prior to your arrival in Australia, or visit XE.com.

Currency and Banking
Australian currency is the dollar. Coins have values of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and AUD$1 and AUD$2; notes have values of AUD$5, AUD$10, AUD$20, AUD$50 and AUD$100.

Banks and Foreign Exchange
Melbourne's banking hours are generally Monday to Thursday 0900-1600 and Friday 0900-1700.  All the major banks are equipped to exchange foreign currency.  You can also exchange foreign currency any day or night at the airport or during normal business hours in Melbourne's central business district.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Australia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% on most goods and services such as accommodation, day tours, guides, translators, food, transport (including coach, rail and cruise) and other tourism services within Australia.

Getting Around Melbourne
The 5th World Summit venue, MCEC, is within easy walking distance to most hotels in the Melbourne central business district (CBD).

The Melbourne CBD (and its suburbs) is one of a few cities in the world that has a low cost electric tram network, as well as an underground train system.  There is a free historic tram that runs regularly around the perimeter of the Melbourne CBD with high-quality maps and tour guides on board – a recommended means of getting around the Melbourne CBD.

The city and suburbs are also well-serviced by taxis and buses or for something a little different, why not catch a water taxi along Melbourne’s famous Yarra River and docklands area. 

For those who would like to drive, international driving licenses are recognised throughout Australia.  Car rental companies ask for a valid driving license.  Please note that we drive on the left!

Eating Out
Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor.  Our local specialities include seafood and Australian wines.  At some restaurants you can keep the liquor bill down by taking your own wine or beer.  These are called "BYO" restaurants, an abbreviation for "bring your own".  A small service surcharge, known as "corkage", may apply.

Tipping
Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in some other parts of the world.  Tipping is your choice, a reward for service. It is usual to tip hotel porters and restaurants if good service is received.  Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.

Shopping
Shops in Melbourne are generally open from 0900 to 1700, Saturday to Wednesday and 0900 to 2100 Thursday to Friday.  In most stores and shopping centres major credit cards are accepted and tax-free shopping is possible within the city.

Walking is the best way to shop, especially along Melbourne's arcades and laneways.  Outside the city centre, visit shopping precincts like Chapel Street in South Yarra and Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, especially on weekends.  These strips also have numerous streetside cafes.  Travelling between Melbourne's suburbs is best done by tram or train.

Insurance
Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind.  It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the World Summit and book your travel you take out a travel insurance policy.

The policy should include loss of fees/ deposit through cancellation of your participation in the World Summit, or through cancellation of the World Summit, loss of international/ domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason, loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia, failure to utilise tours or pre- booked arrangements due to airline delay, Force Majeure or any other reason, medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover), loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered.

The World Summit Managers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance should be purchased in your country of origin.

Medical Care
The addresses and telephone numbers of hospitals, health and dental clinics will be available at the World Summit Registration Desk.  Please arrange travel insurance for you and any accompanying persons prior to your departure.  Talk to your travel agent or your health insurance company for further information.  Please note that there is no free medical service for visitors to Australia.

In the Event of an Emergency
Call 000 (triple zero) to be connected to police, fire and/or ambulance services.

Electric Current
Electric current is 240 Volt, AC 50 cycles. Two or Three pin rectangular plugs are used. For more information, please visit your local travel store.