Audio-Visual Policy

Standard A/V Set-up in Meeting Rooms

Every PLENARY SESSION ROOM will have TWO OVERHEAD PROJECTORS, TWO SCREENS, AND A DATA PROJECTOR. All other breakout rooms will have one overhead projector, one screen, and a data projector. Speakers may order additional audio-visual equipment, other than the standard A/V set-up listed above, by contacting

All speakers please visit prior to December 20, 2004.


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Visa Information

Note: A passport is *highly recommended* for U.S. visitors entering Canada. U.S. citizens should have their birth certificate or citizenship certificate as well as a picture ID; permanent residents (who are not citizens) need their alien-registration card and passport. Citizens from all countries other than the U.S. must have a valid passport, and in some cases a visitor visa may be required.

Identification and Currency Exchange
Citizens and legal residents of the US do not need passports, but they are preferred. Native-born US citizens should have a birth or voters certificate showing citizenship and photo identification. Naturalized citizens need a naturalization certificate or other evidence of citizenship. Permanent residents (non US citizens) need their alien registration cards.

Attendees coming from countries other than the United States may require a visa to enter Canada. When making your travel plans be sure to consult with the Canadian Consulate or Embassy in your country to determine whether a visa is required.

Every 30 days, returning US residents are allowed to take back $400 (retail value) worth of duty-free merchandise provided they have been out of the US for 48 hours.

US funds can be changed into Canadian funds at any bank or exchange house; some identification may be required. Most places accept American currency, but banks and exchange houses give the best exchange rate. Other foreign currency needs to be changed at special exchange houseslocated at the airport and train station. Ask your hotel concierge for other locations. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

Goods and Services Tax
The goods and services tax (GST) is a tax that is charged on most goods and services sold or provided in Canada. Foreign visitors to Canada can apply for a rebate on the GST paid on accommodations (up to 30 nights per visit) and on goods purchased in Canada and subsequently exported within 60 days of purchase. Remember to save all your receipts! We will supply all registered meeting attendees with information regarding the Tax Refund For Visitors program.

Local Area

Visit Vancouver’s web site ( for more information about the area.

The average temperature in Vancouver during January varies between 32° F (0°C) and 42° F (6°C). Please remember meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones vary widely. It is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions.


SIAM is unable to offer e-mail access for individual attendees.


By Air
SIAM has selected TraveLeaders to assist attendees in making travel arrangements. To book your reservations through TraveLeaders, contact Amy Hueber at (800) 698-2424. Be sure to mention you are attending the ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms. TraveLeaders will issue your ticket and mail it to you. TraveLeaders’s office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time. Please be aware there is a fee for this service.

You also have the choice of using your own travel agent or an Internet service. There are many websites available to allow you to search for and purchase airline tickets online. Expedia (, Orbitz (, and Travelocity ( are just a few.

Ground Transportation

Public Transportation from Airport
Taxis are available at the airport for transportation to the hotel. Please visit Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center’s website, and click on “Vancouver” to find local directions. SIAM also suggests you contact the hotel directly for any information about sharing transportation.

By Train
Amtrak has a rail station in Vancouver. To make train reservations through Amtrak, call (800) USA-RAIL, go to or contact TraveLeaders. Taxis are available at the train station for transportation to the hotel.

Rental Cars
Many major car rental companies have offices inside the airport terminal. You can make your arrangements when you arrive at the airport or you can make them through TraveLeaders or your own travel agent. TraveLeaders can make your car rental reservations at the same time you make your flight reservations. See information above regarding how to reach TraveLeaders.

Driving Directions
If renting a car, please obtain a map and directions from your rental car company. Another option is to visit Mapquest ( , or another similar website. SIAM highly recommends you contact the hotel directly at (604) 331-1000 or visit their website for driving directions.



Last Edited: 9/8/04
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