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Sheraton Buenos Aires

Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center

San Martin 1225/1275
Buenos Aires, 1104 (Argentina)
www.sheraton.com/buenosaires

 Located in the heart of the city, the Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center is a landmark for international travelers. A half-hour from Ezeiza Airport, the hotel offers spectacular views of Buenos Aires and the Río de la Plata.

The Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center offers the largest event facilities in the city with fifteen meeting rooms totaling 6,500 square meters that can accommodate up to 9,000 guests. The areas are ideal for conferences, exhibitions, and small events. Shortly a dedicated hotel reservation system will be available for your booking at Sheraton, for any question and logistics information please contact:

Organising Secretariat

Meetingsolutions
O.I.C. Srl
Viale G. Matteotti, 7
50121 Florence, Italy
Phone: +39 055 50351
Fax: +39 055 5001912
infoGSC2015@oic.it

Official airline network

 SAVE UP TO 20% ON TRAVEL WITH THE STAR ALLIANCE NETWORK

The Star Alliance member airlines are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for Global Spine Congress 2015.

To obtain the Star Alliance Conventions Plus discounts please visit Conventions Plus online booking tool: 
http://conventionsplusbookings.staralliance.com/trips/StarHome.aspx?meetingcode=UA08S15

Registered Event participants plus one accompanying person travelling to the Event qualify for a discount of up to 20%,
depending on fare and class of travel booked.

The participating airlines for this Event are:ANA, Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines,
Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EVA Airways, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines,
Lufthansa, SWISS, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United.

Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Star Alliance
Round the World fares.

To obtain these discounts for travel to/from Japan please contact the respective Star Alliance member airlines’ booking office.
Contact details can be found on www.staralliance.com/conventionsplus/delegates/ under “Conventions Plus Booking Contacts”.

Please quote the following Event code UA08S15 for ticket reservation.

 

Your Stay

Hotel Reservation

All accommodation information or reservation requests should be addressed to:

Housing bureau:

OIC Way srl
Viale G. Matteotti, 7
50121 Florence, Italy
Tel +39 055 5035249
Fax +39 055 5035230
registrationGSC2015@oic.it

Hotel accommodation can be reserved at reduced rates at Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center through the official congress housing bureau OIC Way srl. The indicated room/night rates and availabilities are only applicable for reservations made through the Organizing Secretariat OIC and received by April 20, 2015.

Hotel

Double room for single use
price per room and per night

Double room
price per room and per night

Sheraton Buenos Aires

(Congress Venue)- classic room

USD 235,00

USD 257,00

Holiday Inn Express Puerto Madero

(700m from Congress Venue, 8 min walk distance)

USD 200,00

USD 225,00

     

The indicated rates are in USD, per room per night. Breakfast, taxes and service are included.

After April 20, 2015 the accommodation cannot be guaranteed although we will make all efforts to meet the participants’ requests upon availability.

In order to benefit from the reservation rates for the Hotels mentioned above participants may proceed with the on-line reservation system by CLICKING HERE.

Agencies or companies wishing to make group reservations for more than 5 rooms are kindly requested to contact OIC Way by e-mailing registrationGSC2015@oic.it, a special contract policy will be applied.

Terms of payment

Payments can be processed as follows:

  • Credit card: VISA, American Express, MasterCard
  • Bank transfer:

                                 Account Name: OIC WAY srl
                                 Bank: Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, Agenzia nr 1
                                 IBAN: IT23O0616002801000012862C00
                                 SWIFT: CRFiiT3F                               

Bank payments are not permitted through the on-line reservation platform. The participant and sender names must be clearly indicated on the transfer order as well as the payment details. A photocopy of the transfer order must be attached to the reservation form.

Cancellations and Refunds

Any change or cancellation in connection with hotel accommodation must be sent in writing to OIC srl, Fax +39 055 5035230, E-mail: registrationGSC2015@oic.it.

For individual hotel accommodation the payment will be refunded as follows:

  • before January 20, 2015: only USD 25,00 will be withheld for administrative charge
  • before February 20, 2015: the paid deposit will be withheld as penalty charge
  • before April 20, 2015: The paid amount will be refunded with a deduction of 70% as penalty charge.
  • from April 21, 2015: no refund will be made for cancellations or last minute changes.
  • No-shows: 100% of the total amount will be withheld as penalty charge.

 

The above cancellation policy applies to individual bookings only. For group reservations of more than 5 rooms a different policy will be applied and will be stated in the room reservation contract.

About Argentina & Buenos Aires

Argentina

Located in South America, and thus, in the southern hemisphere, Argentina has an area of almost 3.8 million square kilometers, 2.8 on the continent - approximately 54% are plains (grasslands and savannahs), 23%, plateaus, and the other 23%, mountains - and the remainder in the Antarctic. It is 3,800 Km. long and is located between latitude 22º and 55º. Its border with Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile has a perimeter of 9,376 Km, while the territory bordered by the Atlantic Ocean is 4,725 Km long. Argentina is a land of contrasts with several tourist attractions; kilometers of beaches, the Patagonia, Perito Moreno Glaciar, Iguazu falls, the wine, the meat, and other attractions.

Buenos Aires - Host city

Buenos Aires is a city with 11 million habitants that gathers the best of classical Europe and the most modern advantages of the end of the century. The city's museums, art galleries and theaters bear witness to its reputation as one of the most important cities in the Americas for its cultural and artistic activities. Although it is a modern city with imposing turn-of-the-century European style buildings, it also has some well-preserved districts of typical colonial architecture. Buenos Aires has everything to turn your visit into an unforgettable experience. The well-known warmth of its people, its groovy tangos and the exciting Sunday football afternoons are marvellous.

Buenos Aires is also a safe city. Lastly, its cosmopolitan atmosphere, unique in South America, will probably surprise you.

Access by air and getting into the city

All airlines flying to Argentina arrive mainly at Ezeiza International Airport ("Ministro Pistarini”), which is 37 Km away from the City of Buenos Aires. You can reach the city by Teniente General Ricchieri freeway (Information: Tel. 4480-9538). Please note that when leaving the country, a US$ 18 tax must be paid. Company Manuel Tienda León (Av. Madero and San Martín, Tel. 4315-5115) and Transfer Express (Florida 1045, Tel. 4312-8883) offer a bus service from their offices in Buenos Aires to Ezeiza airport from 5.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. These services cost $ 14 and $ 11 (Argentine Pesos) respectively, and the trip takes approximately 40 minutes. There are also taxis and chauffeur-driven rented cars at a price between $ 35 and $ 38.

Documents and formalities

Valid passport with or without visa depending on your nationality. Inquire at the closest Embassy or Consulate. Visitors coming from countries not bordering Argentina are exempt from all taxes on traveling articles and new articles up to US$ 300 and an additional US$ 300, if purchased at duty free shops within the national territory. No vaccination certificate is required to enter the country.
Information about visas in the website www.mrecic.gov.ar/consulares.htm

Transportation within the city

The Buenos Aires public transportation system allows on easy traveling within the city. All official taxis in the city are black and yellow, and can be called by phone.

Currency - Banks - Exchange

The official Argentine currency is the Peso. There are bills of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 pesos, and coins of 1 peso and 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents. Currency exchange is provided by banks and exchange agencies with restrictions. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 16.00 h. Travelers cheques are almost exclusively exchanged at hotels and banks.

ATM (Automatic Teller Machine)

ATMs are located all around the city. You can withdraw only pesos. They can also be used for cash advances on major credit cards such as MasterCard or VISA.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards are accepted. Check it prior to your trip.

Electrical Current

The electrical current in Argentina is 220 volts, 50 Cycles.

Climate

The country's territory offers a wide variety of climates: subtropical in the North, Sub-Antarctic in the southern Patagonia, and mild and humid in the Pampas. The average temperature in June in Buenos Aires is about 18º C (64.4º F), although the range may be wide.

Telephone

Pay phones work with cards that may be purchased in kiosks, telephone companies' offices, or with legal tender coins. There are also stores with pay phones (open 24 hours a day) where you can pay in cash and you can also use internet. Calling to Argentina from abroad, dial the country code (54) and then the area code of the place you want to call. For domestic calls, dial 0 before the area code. For international calls, dial 00, the country code and city code.

Time

Buenos Aires time zone is -3 hours ahead

The official language of the country is Spanish, but English is spoken in most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Shopping

Buenos Aires is famous for its chic boutiques. Alvear, Florida and Santa Fe, and shopping centers as Galerías Pacífico and Patio Bullrich that are near the hotel, gives the visitor a wealth of experiences.
The best buys in Argentina are leather goods, silver crafts, local semi-precious stones and souvenirs related to the Gaucho and the Pampas.
There is an excellent outdoor market in historic San Telmo Square open on weekends.

VAT return

At the airport you may obtain a VAT reimbursement corresponding to any purchases made within the country for an amount over $70 (per invoice) and in shops operating with the "Global Refund” system.
Payment methods Although US Dollars and Euros are generally taken everywhere, foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and authorized bureaus. American Express, VISA, Diners and Master Card are widely accepted. There may be difficulties in changing traveler's check outside Buenos Aires.

Opening hours

  • Banks and Exchange Bureaus: Mondays to Fridays from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • Business Offices: from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • Stores: from 9.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Saturdays, from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
  • Cafés, cake shops and pizzerias: open most of the time except between 2.00 and 6.00 a.m.
  • Restaurants: lunch is served as from 12.30 p.m. and dinner as from 8.30 hours.
  • Fast-food menus are served in many restaurants at all times.

Tips

10% of the amount of the check is usually left in cafeterias and restaurants. Doormen, porters, and ushers in cinemas and theatres are also generally tipped

About Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a singular, open and integrating destination that allows the visitor not only to view the city but also to live an exceptional urban adventure. Buenos Aires also retains relics of its colonial past and beautiful "Belle Époque” buildings amidst the rhythm of refinement. American amenities and native charm amazes all first time visitors. The never closed sidewalk "cafés”, the vivid vegetation, broad avenues, theaters and restaurants give this fascinating town its unique atmosphere.

Customs

Buenos Aires has always been an open-door city. Its inhabitants are called porteños, which makes reference to the fact that the city is a port. Porteños usually invite tourists for lunch or dinner at their homes and prepare typical food such as the famous Argentinean meat.

History

Buenos Aires was founded twice:

The first foundation was in 1536. Don Pedro de Mendoza, a Spanish colonizer, established the first settlement. He named it Ciudad Del Espíritu Santo y Puerto Santa María Del Buen Ayre. The second, and final, foundation was in 1580. Juan de Garay called the site Ciudad de Trinidad, finally was called Buenos Aires. In the 19th Century, the port was the arrival point for the great migratory wave promoted by the Argentine State to receive citizen all over the world. Spanish, Italian, Syrian-Lebanese, Polish, Chinese, Russian and other immigrants provided Buenos Aires with the cultural eclecticism that is so characteristic of the city. During the 20th century, successive immigrations - from the provinces, other Latin American countries and Eastern countries - completed the picture of Buenos Aires as a cosmopolitan city in which people with different cultures and religions live together.

Gastronomy

In Buenos Aires you can enjoy food from different regions. The city has specific areas where you can choose from a wide range of restaurants. Costanera Norte and Puerto Madero (barbecues) and Avenida de Mayo is the place to taste Spanish food. The most traditional pizzas can be found in Corrientes Street. Plaza Cortázar, Palermo Hollywood, Recoleta and Las Cañitas neighborhoods offer gourmet specialties.

Climate

The city has a temperate climate with average temperatures of 18º Celsius, making it perfect for sightseeing all year round. July is the coldest month, and although freezing temperatures are not common, it is advisable to wear a woolen coat, a jacket and a scarf. Temperatures in winter are quite moderate during the day, dropping considerably at night. Summertime brings wet heat. There is very hot weather during the day, with temperatures dropping slightly at night so light clothes are recommendable. The rainiest seasons are fall and spring (from March to June and from September to December). As it generally drizzles, only a raincoat and an umbrella are required. Mornings are generally fresh during the sunny autumn days and springtime, with temperatures rising gently towards midday and dropping at night.

Sanitary conditions

There is no need to get vaccinated before travelling to Buenos Aires as this is a hygienic city with running water. Public hospitals are open to tourists free of charge all day round. Health care professionals are renowned and of an excellent level. The emergency ambulance system (SAME) is also free of charge.

Means of Transport

There is a transport system with a wide array of alternatives in the city: five subway lines (subtes), more than a hundred bus lines (colectivos) and trains (trenes). Taxis and "remises” are a very common means of transport as they are quite safe and rather more convenient than in other cities. There are also many alternatives to get to Buenos Aires: airlines and ship lines from abroad and bus lines and trains from the interior part of the country.

10 Things to See & Do

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1. Become a Boca Juniors fan 

Buenos Aires loves football, and no fans are more fanatical than those of Boca Juniors. The Bombonera stadium on match day is a cauldron of excitement with the singing and energy on the terraces matching the entertainment on the pitch. If you can’t make the game, the next best thing is a stadium tour where you can visit the trophy room, stand on a terrace and discover the thrilling history of this famous club. You might even be tempted to buy a fluffy blue and yellow hat.

2. Take a day trip to the Tigre River Delta

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Less than an hour from the bustle of downtown Buenos Aires is an almost unspoilt subtropical delta of densely forested islands and shining waterways. This is the place to get away from it all and enjoy outdoor pursuits such as hiking, horse riding and fishing. There is a naval museum to visit and restaurants for lunch, or you might prefer to take a picnic and just lie back and enjoy the beauty of the landscape.

3. Spend some time with the rich and famous

Cementerio de la Recoleta is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful and interesting cemeteries in the world. Stepping into this necropolis of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Baroque tombs and mausoleums is like traveling back in time. Located in one of the most exclusive areas of Buenos Aires, it is the permanent resting place for some of Argentina’s most famous people including Eva Perón, presidents of Argentina, Nobel Prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy and a granddaughter of Napoleon. The cemetery is free to enter and once inside you can wander down tree-lined walkways and soak up the atmosphere of bygone times and people.

4. Experience the sensuality of a tango show

You can’t visit Buenos Aires without seeing the tango and there are many venues to visit around the city. Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Show is a revival of tango’s sophistication, luxury, and style of the Golden Decade of Buenos Aires. It is located on the site of a restaurant that was once the gathering place for the colorful characters of the popular market of Buenos Aires. You can enjoy the culinary delights of the VIP menu while listening to and watching the sensual artistry of some of Argentina’s finest tango dancers. It is the height of decadence and we think you will enjoy every minute of it.

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5. A night at the opera?

The Teatro Colón is regarded as one of the best theaters in the world and is a must-see place in Buenos Aires. Built in 1908 it is famed for its exceptional acoustics and architectural elegance and is the natural home for classical music, opera and ballet in the capital. If you are able to catch a show you will undoubtedly experience a night to remember. Alternatively there are tours of the theater running throughout the day so that you can savor the atmosphere and learn about the history of this iconic building.

6. Discover Latin American modern art at the MALBA

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Opened in 2001, the gallery is home to permanent and temporary exhibitions of contemporary Latin American art. Works by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Tarsila do Amaral share the walls with lesser-known Argentine modern masters. The gallery design showcases the paintings and sculptures wonderfully with an abundance of natural light. It is also a great place to have lunch with a café and terrace restaurant. If you looking for an unusual gift to take home, then you may find just what you’re looking for in the high quality gallery gift shop.

7. Dine in style 

There are so many good restaurants in Buenos Aires, it is difficult to know where to start. If you prefer brunch to lunch, then the Scandinavian Olsen restaurant is regarded by many as best place in town. For high tea you could try the Alvear Palace Hotel which offers a glimpse into the past wealth and grandeur of the city. Café Tortoni is the most famous café in Argentina and perfect place for morning coffee. You might even recognize the interior as it has featured in many movies and it has been patronized by celebrities since 1858. In the evening you could visit the Philippe Starck-designed El Bistro within the Faena Hotel + Universe. The menu is inspired by molecular gastronomy and has been known to feature such delights as 'spherifications' of olives and 'foams' of lettuce.

8. La Boca - Experience the color of Argentina

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Look for images of Buenos Aires and you’ll soon find pictures of the brightly colored houses from Caminito, a pedestrian walk in La Boca. The area was originally a working class enclave for Italian dock workers who received donations of paint for their houses. Each donation was different hence the wide range of colors maintained. Today the neighborhood is a center for art with lots of restaurants and colorful metal houses. The art museum of Bellas Artes features the work of world famous Benito Quinquela Martín who painted stunning scenes of everyday dock life. A must see collection.

9. Learn to dance the tango in San Telmo

If you have the time and inclination, San Telmo's tango bars are the place to learn and dance the tango. If you would rather watch, then pop along to the San Telmo flea market on Sunday where couples perform in the open air. You might even be tempted to have an impromptu lesson. The district’s old world character is derived from its colonial past with narrow streets, low buildings, restaurants, market stalls and antique shops. The place has a real buzz about it.

10. Visit the boutique shops of local designers in Palermo Viejo

If you are into fashion but are looking for something a little different from the major brands, then you’ll find the district of Palermo Viejo a real treasure. Once a run-down area of warehouses, factories and tiny stucco houses, it is now home to many of Argentina’s chicest designers with lots of independent boutique shops. As you would expect there are also many restaurants for lunch and there is a great deal of pleasure to be had from just wandering around the tree-lined cobblestone streets and taking in the charm of the district.

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