How to get there?
Vancouver International Airport has non-stop flights daily to Asia, Europe, Oceania, the United States, Mexico and other airports within Canada. We have an agreement with Sky Team and Air Canada where you can book your flight at reduced rates: make your travel arrangements with one of the IMS’s official travel suppliers.
up to 12% discount!
- 12% discount in Business class, 10% in economy class
- Travel period valid for discount: 30 May 2018 – 16 June 2018
- The online booking is to be made to Vancouver, YVR (BC)
- No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.
The congress venue: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
The Hotel Vancouver is known as the ‘Castle in the City’ and reflects both timeless luxury and the history of Vancouver. Thanks to its prime downtown location, we are minutes away from some of Vancouver’s biggest attractions, including: Granville Island, Robson Street shopping, Stanley Park Seawall. Guests will immediately feel at home as our canine pet ambassadors welcome them, and our concierge team is on hand to help with local travel suggestions.
Where to sleep
To offer you the best possible experience when attending the Congress, we have reserved a number of rooms at the venue at discounted rates (see link below). However, should you prefer to consider alternative accommodation options for your stay in Downtown Vancouver, please find further suggestions below.
|Fairmont hotel Vancouver
The Congress venue and our recommended choice, starting from CAD 279
| Marriott Residence Inn
At 15 minutes walking distance from the Congress venue, starting from CAD 249
By plane (from Vancouver International Airport)
Public Transport (view on map)
The Canada Line is Vancouver’s rapid transit rail connecting YVR to downtown Vancouver in under 30 minutes. You can access trains from both the International and Domestic Terminals. More information
All licensed taxis are allowed to drop-off passengers at YVR, and they will use the meter to determine the fare. After arriving at YVR, use one of the taxi stands located on Level 2. Licensed taxis operating from the airport will use a zoned fare rate that will depend on your destination.
Getting a Visa
If you need a VISA please note that the process can take from 20 to over 50 days depending on your citizenship.
Find out if you need a VISA or an eTA
Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA. Applying for an eTA is a simple online process. However, some requests can take several days to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents. It is best to get an eTA before you book your flight to Canada.
Find out if you need a VISA or an eTA
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The electrical current is the same in Canada as in the United States: 110 volts AC at 60 Hz. Adapters are required for appliances from other countries.
The standard and customary gratuity in most restaurants is 15%.
Visitors are not covered by Canadian health insurance plans. Check with your personal medical plan before leaving your home country to ensure you have adequate traveling insurance. Delegates are urged to take out insurance to cover loss incurred in the case of cancellation, medical expenses and damage to or loss of personal effects whenever traveling outside of their own country.
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