GENERAL INFORMATION

The 71st Congress of the International Fiscal Association will be held from Sunday, 27 August 2017 to Friday, 1 September 2017

About Rio de Janeiro – The Host City

One of the biggest economic and cultural center of South America, Rio de Janeiro is located in the heart of the Southeast Region which concentrates 60% of Brazil's GDP. Cosmopolitan metropolis, known worldwide for its beauty and its natural resources, the City provides its residents and visitors a smooth and pleasant ambience for leisure and work, which combined with its infrastructure, makes Rio an important center of commerce and services and we also have a modern and diverse industry. The City of Rio de Janeiro is recognized for one of its greatest virtues, the warmth and hospitality: Rio's people warmly welcome its visitors. The City of Rio de Janeiro annually receives more than 2.0 million foreign tourists; according to Embratur (agency from the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism), Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the country with an approximate share of 33% of foreign tourists and more than 5.0 million domestic visitors a year. With its widening infrastructure of tourism and services, Rio de Janeiro is ranked among the top destinations in the world on hosting cultural, commercial, technical and scientific - fairs, symposiums, conferences and exhibitions. Its lush nature includes 90 km of beaches, the Tijuca National Park, which includes the largest urban forest in the world, with 3,200 ha of forest.

Area
State
43 910
City
1,261
Population
State
14,367,225
City
5850544

Access/Security

Badges will be provided to Participants and their Accompanying Persons during registration and will be required for admission to all Congress events

AIRPORTS

There are two airports in Rio de Janeiro.

Tom Jobim international airport (Galeão)
Information: (+55 21) 3004-6050
Flights: (+55 21) 3398-4527 / 3398-4526
Located on Governor's Island, 20 km from downtown Rio de Janeiro, is easily accessible by modern highways such as the Linha Vermelha and Linha Amarela.
Seventeen international airlines and all Brazilian airlines operating at the airport, which recorded in 2015 a movement of about 16 million passengers between domestic and international flights.
It is simple to take a regular or co-op taxi to get there. You can get to the airport quickly and safely. By bus, there are also some options for getting to and from de Airport.
We recommend Participants to use one of the following services to be provided by the Official Congress Secretariat:
    (i) pre-reservation of private transfer in executive cars - upon registration, just select the applicable option in the relevant form; or
   (ii) in loco co-op taxis - booths located at the disembark area. An English-speaker agent will be present at the co-op booth to help and clarify any questions you may have.

Santos Dumont Airport
Information and flights: (+55 21) 3814-7070
Santos Dumont Airport is the second major airport serving Rio de Janeiro, being named after the Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont (1873–1932).
Conveniently located downtown, Santos Dumont Airport operates regional flights, connecting the main cities of the country. An excellent taxi service links the airport to the main hotels and residential areas

International Airport of Rio de Janeiro
Galeão - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Informations
+55 21 3004-6050
Flights
+55 21 3398-4526 • 3398-4526
Santos Dumont Airport Domestic
Informations and Flights
+55 21 3814-7070

Banks

Banks are open from Monday through Friday between 10:00 and 16:00. They are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Business hours

Most offices are opened from 09:00-18:00 Monday to Friday.

Climate

Rio de Janeiro is a subtropical city. Summer extends from December to March. During the Congress is Winter that lasts from June to August, with the temperature around 20 ° C (68 ° F) during the day and 16 ° C (60 ° F) at night.
There are sunny skies throughout the winter period, which means it is perfect to enjoy the beaches and the many tourist attractions.
Spring (Sept – Nov) and autumn (April – June) in Rio de Janeiro see a gentle cool and warming in temperature with slightly less rain than the summer and slightly more rain than the winter. The humidity in both periods can be quite high, especially at the end of spring and start of autumn

CLOTHING

The sport suit prevails in Rio, although during working hours men often wear a suit and tie and women thinner clothes. Few places in Rio require formal attire. For men slacks and sport shirt are sufficient; for women casual. A light jacket is enough for winter nights.

Congress Information

For detailed and up-to-date Congress information, we invite you to visit the Congress website at www.ifa2017rio.com.br. Documents pertaining to the scientific programme are available on the IFA website at www.ifa.nl and on the Congress app during the Congress.

Congress Secretariat – Address

MCI Brazil
Rua Visconde de Silva, 52/1004 - 1005 –Botafogo
Rio de Janeiro/RJ – Brazil – 22271-092

Congress Timetable

All IFA Rio de Janeiro Congress scientific sessions will be held at the Windsor Convention & Expo Center. Plenary and parallel sessions will start at 08:30. The Monday sessions will end at 14:30. Sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will end at 14:15. Congress catering and refreshment services will be available daily: morning refreshments at 08:00; coffee, tea and other beverages from 09:45-10:15; light lunch from 11:15-12:15 (12:30 on Monday) and afternoon refreshments after the scientific sessions have concluded.
Social Programme events will be held at various times and locations. Please consult the Social Programme section of this Invitation Programme for details.

Congress Venue – Address

Windsor Convention & Expo Center
Rua Martinho de Mesquita, 129 – Barra da Tijuca
Rio de Janeiro/RJ – Brazil – 20.031-204

Credit Cards and ATM

The main credit cards are accepted in Brazil, particularly in Rio. Visa, MasterCard, Diners and American Express are accepted in almost all commercial facilities and the city is well served by an extensive network of ATMs (“Banco24Horas”).

CULTURE

The Rio de Janeiro has an intense cultural life, offering more than 200 places to film, theater, musical and artistic exhibitions, more than 50 museums and 87 libraries. In addition to traditional museums, the city is home to museums dedicated to trains, planes, trams, jewels and gems, sports, Indian, Brazilian primitive and even Carmen Miranda, among others.

CURRENCY

The Brazilian monetary unit is the Real (BRL). Exchange rates are available in every daily newspaper, followed by the U.S. dollar exchange rate used in international business transactions. Cash, especially in U.S. dollars, can be exchanged in almost every bank, currency exchange houses and hotels.

Dress code

Business attire is requested for all Congress functions and social events.

Educational credits

Attending the IFA Congress sessions qualifies some Participants for continuing education credits. Please check with your professional organisation. Certificates will be made available through the online platform you will find on the website www.ifa2017rio.com.br after the Congress

ELECTRICITY / VOLTAGE

Voltage in Brazil is not fixed. The electric current in Rio is 110 or 120 volts. Travel adapters are required for certain electric devices. Many hotels and large apartment blocks, however, do have 220 volts outlets.

Evaluation form and gift

Every Participant of the IFA Congress 2017 is kindly requested to give feedback on the Congress by completing the official evaluation form. The form will be collected by the hostesses at the registration desks and in the exhibition area. In exchange for every completed evaluation form, we will be giving away a free gift

Exhibition

The Congress exhibition will be open daily. The exhibition area will include exhibits by sponsors and information on future Congresses. All food and beverages will be served in the exhibition area

Exhibition opening hours

Sunday, 27 August 2017 14:00–22:00
Monday, 28 to Thursday, 31 August 2017 08:00–16:00

Gratuities

Hotels: hotels generally include the service charges on accounts.
Restaurants: tips are optional but are often found at the end of the bill as a “suggestion”. Rio normally pay up 10%.
Taxis: Taxi drivers do not require a tip, although most passengers round for more tariff to be paid when you are satisfied with the service.
Hotel Chargers and airport: R$ 3.00 per bag.
Carts to load bags at the airport: Free

Language

The language spoken in Brazil is Brazilian Portuguese. English is widely taught in schools and a large share of the population understands Spanish.

Liability / Insurance

All reasonable endeavours will be made to hold the 71st IFA Congress in Rio as programmed. However, the Organisation of the Congress has the right, for any reason beyond its control, to modify or cancel without prior notice, scientific sessions, social events or any of the arrangements, timetables, plans or other items of the Congress.
The Organisers will accept no liability for personal injuries sustained by or for loss or damage to property belonging to Congress Participants, either during or as a result of the Congress or during all events.
Participants and Accompanying Persons are strongly recommended to seek insurance coverage for health and accident, lost luggage and trip cancellation

Lost Property

Lost or unattended items will be held at the IFA Congress registration desk, where Participants can enquire about their property. Should a Participant spot any unattended or lost items, we kindly ask that they report this immediately to the Congress staff.

Mobile Phones

Contact your mobile phone service provider to confirm whether your mobile is compatible with the Brazilian network and to explain how you will be charged.

Official Congress Language

The Congress language is English. All sessions will be conducted in English

Passport and Visa Requirements

Brazil adopts the principle of reciprocity of treatment, that is, entry visa is required for citizens from countries that require an entry visa for Brazilians. This rule applies, for example, to the United States, Canada, Australia, and some countries in Asia and Middle East. Citizens from countries that are waived from entry visa are allowed to stay as visitor up to 90 days. For loger stays, visa is anyway required. We strongly advise Participants and Accompanying Persons to verify whether your country is in the list of required entry visa to visit Brazil.
Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date foreseen for arrival in Brazil.
For full details on how to apply for a Visa, you should contact the Brazilian Embassy in your country.
The Congress organisers would be pleased to send a formal letter of invitation to registered delegates who require an invitation letter for visa purposes. It is understood that such an invitation is intended to help registered delegates to obtain a visa. This does not imply a commitment from the Congress to provide any financial support. Letters of invitation may be requested to the Congress secretariat (catarina.dea@mci-group.com).
The letters will be sent by e-mail.

Photographer

A professional photographer will cover the various events during the Congress. Photographs will be uploaded after the Congress at www.ifa2017rio.com.br

BPTUR – Police Battalion in Tourist Areas

Address: St. Clement Street, 345 – Botafogo
Rio de Janeiro/RJ – Brazil – 22.260-001
Tel:  (21) 3399-7565 / 69
        (21) 3399-7457 call center
        (21) 3399-7562 Service intelligence
Fax: (21) 3399-7450

The Police Tourist Service – DEAT – a specialised branch of the Civil Police, is composed of delegate, detectives, investigators and clerks responsible for investigating and any occurrences record. The DEAT has its own 47 General Informationheadquarters conveniently located in Leblon in front of the Teatro Casa Grande. The station was established and the police specifically trained to meet foreign visitors

Police Station Tourist Service – DEAT

Address: Afrânio de Mello Franco, s / nº – Leblon
Rio de Janeiro/RJ – Brazil – 22430-060
Tel: (21) 2511-5112 / 3399-7170
Fax: (21) 3399-7172

Policing

The State Military Police of Rio de Janeiro has a battalion – BPTUR – specialised in ostensive patrolling the City of Rio to protect the tourists. Properly trained and equipped to meet the police incidents with tourists, police officers of this corporation are in charge of patrolling sights, beaches and areas near hotels.

Poster Programme

A maximum of 10 candidates will be selected for the 2017 Poster Programme. Posters will be available for viewing in the exhibition area.

Refreshment Breaks

Food and beverages (including vegetarian food) will be served from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 August 2017 in the exhibition area:
- Coffee and tea:
08:00-08:30; 09:45-10:15 and 14:30-16:00
- Lunch:
11:15-12:30 (Monday); 11:15-12:15 (Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday)

Registration and information

Congress Registration, Tour Registration and Rio de Janeiro Information will be located on the ground floor of the Windsor Convention & Expo Center in the Exhibition Area

Restaurants

Within the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood, you will find a wide variety of restaurants where all kinds of specialties are served.

Shopping

Shopping in Rio de Janeiro is on the agenda of any visitor who plans his visit to the city. Most major shopping malls such as the Rio Sul and the Barra Shopping are open Monday to Saturday from 10:00-22:00 and on Sundays from 15:00-21:00. Sophisticated boutiques and large international brands can be found in specific malls such as the Village Mall. Rio has several convenience stores open 24 hours/day

Smoking Policy

Smoking in Rio de Janeiro is banned in all indoor public places. The Congress will be a smoke-free event and smoking shall not be permitted in the Windsor Convention & Expo Center.

Speakers Preview Room

A Speakers preview room will be available for Chairs, Panelists and Secretaries of all Panels to check/finalise their audio visual presentations for the respective sessions.

Sponsorship

For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please check contact:
Michael Davis
michaeld@linksgroup.ca
Tel.: (+1) 604 739 4653

Subway

A new line was inaugurated for the 2016 Olympic Games that connects Barra da Tijuca, the neighborhood of our event, to the south zone and downtown where most of the tourist attractions of Rio de Janeiro known worldwide (Sugarloaf, Copacabana Beach, etc.) are located. It is a fast and safe transportation


Taxes

Brazil imposes a sales tax on some goods, meals and services, but the taxes are usually included in the final price. There is no procedure in Brazil for any type of Tax refund for tourists.

TAXIS

Rio has a large fleet of taxis, almost all equipped with air conditioning. Ordinary taxis, identified by the color yellow, roam the streets metered. Special taxis operated by licensed companies serving the airports and hotels can be called by telephone. At airports, most of the special taxis work on a fixed fare by area which is paid in advance on the company's counter above which must be affixed to the price list.

We recommend Participants to use one of the following services to be provided by the Official Secretariat:
   (i) pre-reservation of private transfer in executive cars - upon registration, just select the applicable option in the relevant form; or
  (ii) in loco co-op taxis - booths located at the disembark. An English-speaker agent will be present at the co-op booth to help and clarify any questions you may have.

Telecommunications

Rio has an excellent telecommunications system. Direct dial and collect calls can be made from any telephone. Portable cell phones are available to visitors for a small rental charge. The International Direct Dial (IDD) code for Brazil is +55 and the city code for Rio de Janeiro +21

Time zones

The official time in Brazil is 4h behind CET (Netherlands)

Transportation

Transportation will be offered from the Congress Venue to the Museum Night and the Cultural Evening. The official travel agency will be on site to clarify any questions and help on any issue.

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Ambulance
192

Fire Department
193

Civil Defense
199

Civil Police
197

Federal Police
194

Military Police
190

Rodoviária Novo Rio Bus Terminal
(+55 21) 2263-4857
(+55 21) 3213-1800 R 397

























Wireless Internet

The IFA 2017 Congress will have wireless Internet connection in all areas.

Disclaimer

All reasonable endeavours will be made to hold the 71st IFA Congress and to present the printed programme as scheduled under circumstances which assure the comfort and safety of the Congress Participants. However, neither the International Fiscal Association nor any of its Branches, nor their officers, employees, representatives or agents, shall have any liability to any person as a result of any cancellation of the Congress or any of the arrangements, programmes or plans connected therewith or any loss, injury, damage or inconvenience which may be suffered by any person while travelling to or from, or during such person's presence in, Brazil in connection with the Congress. Participants are advised to consider procuring their own insurance against any such occurrences.