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VENUE
Hilton Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina

DATES
Thursday, March 16 to Saturday, March 18, 2017

LANGUAGE
The Primary Care Program on Thursday, March 16, 2017 will be held in Spanish only.
The official language of the CODHy Latin America Congress is English. Simultaneous translation will be available during certain sessions throughout Friday, March 17 and Saturday. March 18, 2017.

CLIMATE
Buenos Aires has a mild and warm climate throughout the year. The Summer is considered from December 21 to March 20 with average temperature: 23ºC (76ºF).

CLOTHING
Informal for all occasions

CURRENCY EXCHANGE
The currency in Argentina is the "peso" and it is subdivided in 100 cents. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls. Most businesses, stores, restaurants and bars accept credit cards, but due to the bad economy and inflation it is possible that there is a 15 to 20% surcharge for credit cards payments. We suggest that, before paying with a credit card, you ask and confirm if you will get surcharged. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are the most widely accepted.

AIRPORT INFORMATION
There are several options to go to and from the two metropolitan area airports:
 
Aeropuerto Internacional Ministro Pistarini (Ezeiza)
International flights, located 35 kilometers (21 miles) from the center of the city of Buenos Aires.
 
Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Domestic flights and flights to Uruguay and other locations; located 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) north of the center of the city, on Costanera Avenue (North Riverside).
 
Note: As soon as you claim your baggage and exit the customs area of the airport, you will notice that many people (mainly men) will approach you and offer car services to the city. It is strongly recommended that you DO NOT take any of these people's cars, since they are not authorized to carry passengers and usually take advantage of tourists. If you do not have a reservation prior to your arrival, you can make it as soon as you arrive at the transportation booths located outside the customs area.

REGISTRATION AND HOSPITALITY DESK OPENING HOURS
Thursday, March 16, 2017 07:00-20:00
Friday, March 17, 2017 07:30-18:30
Saturday, March 18, 2017 07:30-16:50

Please register upon arrival in order to receive your kit containing theCODHy LACongress Program Book, your personal name tag, invitations, etc. Please remember to wear your name tag to all Congress activities and social events.
 
EXHIBITION OPENING HOURS 
Thursday, March 16, 2017 09:30-20:00
Friday, March 17, 2017 10:00-18:30
Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:00-16:00
 
WELCOME RECEPTION
All registered participants are invited to the Welcome Reception, which will take place on:
 
Thursday, March 16, 2017
19:00-20:00
Hilton Buenos Aires
(Headquarter Hotel)
Congress Exhibition Area

LUNCH
Lunch Box pick-up will be available on Thursday, March 16, 11:45-12:00. A buffet lunch will be served for participants of the Congress on Friday, March 17, 13:00-13:45 and Saturday, March 18, 12:30-13:30. Please present your name tag at the entrance.
 
WIFI
Free WIFI will be available throughout the congress
 
ELECTRICITY
The electrical power in Argentina is 220-240v

STANDARD TIME ZONE
GMT -3 hours
 
MOBILE
GSM System
 
TAXES
Taxes on purchases is 21% and it is already included in the final sale price, otherwise you'll see a sign stating: $$$ + IVA (Impuesto al Valor Agregado=Valued Added Tax).

TIPPING
Unlike other big cities around the world, tipping is not mandatory. If you are happy with the service you receive,
it will be more than welcome.

BUSINESS HOURS
Normal business hours are 09:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday, and a siesta doesn't usually feature in Buenos Aires' working day.
 
INVITATION AND VISAS
An official invitation letter can be issued via this website. However, this invitation implies no obligation, financial or otherwise, by the Congress. Contact the embassy or consulate of Argentina in your home city to confirm if you require a visa to enter the country. Neighboring countries (Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil) citizens do not need to have a passport, they can enter with their ID's.

ComtecMed will not be responsible for any cancellations or delays caused by authorities due to a lack of Visa or other required documentation.
 
LIABILITY AND INSURANCE
The Congress Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents, nor loss of or damage to private property of participants, either during or directly arising from the4thLatin America Congress on Controversies to Consensus in Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension (CODHyLA). Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.
 
CONGRESS ORGANIZERS
ComtecMed Congress Management is the initiator and the official Congress Organizer of the CODHy LA Congress. ComtecMed works internationally with offices in Barcelona and Shanghai, offering solutions for medical, corporate and governmental meetings.
 
Please do not hesitate to contact the Organizers for any additional information or assistance. Please address all correspondence to: codhyLA@codhy.com