Fifth SIAM Conference on Optimization

Travel Information

Coming into Canada: Identification is required for attendees from the US and abroad crossing the boarder into Canada. Native-born US citizens should carry some identification papers showing their citizenship, such as a passport, birth, baptismal or voter's certificate. All attendees, other than US citizens or legal, permanent residents of the United States, need a valid passport or an acceptable travel document. Other individuals need a visa to enter Canada.

Attendees should direct their inquiries regarding visa requirements and valid documents to the Canadian Embassy in their home country.

Attendees arriving from points within the United States and internationally can fly into Victoria through two major airports: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Vancouver International Airport.

Attendees arriving from other Canadian cities can easily reach Victoria through Vancouver International Airport.

Victoria International Airport is a 20 minute flight by jet from both Seattle and Vancouver airports. Downtown Victoria is located 20 minutes from the Victoria Airport.

Victoria's Canadian Transportation Links:

Airlines: To and from Vancouver International Airport
Air B.C Connector - 800-663-3721 or 604-360-9074
Helijet Airways - 604-273-1414
Canadian Airlines - 800-363-7530 or 604-382-1111
To and from Seattle-Tacoma Airport
Horizon Air: 800-547-9308
Ferries: Vancouver to Victoria
BC Ferry Corporation - 604-386-3431 (trip takes 1.5 hours)

By Air

Official Carrier for Continental USA and Canada
SIAM has selected American Airlines and Canadian Air as the official carriers for this conference. Discounts are available to conference attendees from May 16 - 26, 1996.

Traveling from points within USA to Canada:
By flying American Airlines and connecting to Canadian Air or flying either of these airlines direct, you become eligible for the following discounts:

Traveling from points within Canada:
By flying Canadian Air, you become eligible for the following discounts:

SIAM has selected Get-A-Way Travel agency to assist attendees in making travel arrangements. Get-A-Way Travel will make your reservations on American Airlines or any airline of your choice. To take advantage of the American Airlines discounts, you must book your reservation through Get-A-Way Travel by calling 800-223-3863 or 215-379-6800. Ask for Carol Brecht. Be sure to mention that you are attending the 1996 SIAM Conference on Optimization. Get-A-Way Travel will issue your tickets and mail them to you.

Victoria has some of the most moderate weather in all of Canada. Victoria has very low humidity and off shore breezes which keep days from becoming too hot, but can cool off evenings. A sweater or light jacket is recommended and comfortable walking shoes are a must. This resort style city is made for strolling, with downtown hotels, restaurants, shops and parks within close proximity to each other.

Airport Transportation

From the Victoria International Airport:
Shuttle service is provided by Airporter Service. They provide service to and from the airport to all downtown hotels. Their vans are red and white and can be found outside the baggage claim areas. The vans run from 5:25 AM to midnight, seven days a week. They pick up at the airport every 30 minutes. There is no need to make reservations for airport pickup. Just meet the shuttle outside the baggage claim area. The one way cost from airport to any downtown hotel is $13.00. Airporter accepts US and Canadian dollars, American Express, Visa and MasterCard. You can pay once on board the shuttle. You must make a reservation for your return to the airport, 24 hours in advance. Reservation can be made by calling 604-475-3010.

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