The conference will be held at Cancun Center Conventions & Exhibitions, in Cancun, located at:
How to reach the venue?
Cancun International Airport (CUN) is one of the busiest airports in the region. Major international airlines as well as charter airlines have direct or connecting flights to Cancun every day.
Cancun International Airport is located about 25 minutes from the city of Cancun. Transportation options for participants arriving at this airport include: local city buses, hotel shared shuttles, taxi, etc., to the Cancun hotels area.
Taxis are located just outside both terminals of Cancun International Airport; tickets can be purchased inside at the baggage claim area or outside. A one-way journey to the city costs around 550 Mexican pesos (USD 50). Within the airport, there are ATMs of the major Mexican banks, some of which allow cash withdraws with international cards.
A dedicated UNCCD 3rd scientific conference information counter will be set up by the organizers at Cancun International Airport (arrivals area). Volunteers will assist participants with transportation information or other inquiries they may have.
••• Car rental - Cancun International Airpor
Cancun International Airport has the largest car rental location in the area, with most of the major car rental companies located within the grounds of the airport. Information on services, rates and availability may be obtained by telephoning the Car Rental Customer Service on the following numbers:
From the United States of America and Canada (toll free): 1 888 414 0017
International direct dialling: + 52 998 848 0335
From Mexico: 01 800 822 7116
••• How to reach Cancun Center Conventions & Exhibitions
Cancun Center Conventions & Exhibitions is located approximately 9.5 km from Cancun city centre and 18 km from Cancun International Airport. Within a few minutes walking distance, participants can find restaurants, convenience stores, drugstores, banks and other services.
General information about the conference venue
••• Information about Cancun
Useful information about Cancun, including hotel accommodation, transport and other facilities, can be found at the following website: http://cancun.travel/en/
The national currency is the Mexican peso, with the currency code MXN and the currency symbol $. United States dollars are also widely accepted. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and currency exchange houses that are open much later can be found all over Cancun. Exchange rates are as follows:
USD 1 = approximately MXN 13.4
EUR 1 = approximately MXN 16.8
The weather slowly begins to warm up in Cancun in March, when the average temperature is around 25 °C, with highs of up to 29 °C and lows of 22 °C.
The standard Cancun electricity supply is 110 volts. Hotels usually offer voltage converters for 220 volt devices. Many sockets do not accept polarized or three-prong plugs so it is recommended that you bring your own adapter. They can usually also be bought in the hotel shop.
••• Local time
Cancun time zone is six hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
••• Business hours
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to p.m. /
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (not all banks) /
Sundays and national holidays: closed
• Government offices and organizations: Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Weekends and national holidays: closed
• Post offices: Weekdays: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. / Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon / Sundays and national holidays: closed
• Department stores: Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (varies between stores)
Value added tax (VAT) is levied on most goods and services at a standard rate of 16 per cent. Visitors to Mexico may be able to get a refund of the Mexico VAT paid on any goods bought for deportation. To get a VAT refund, receipts for the goods purchased (and possibly proof of deportation of the goods) should be presented at a Mexico VAT refund station (which are often found in airports, tourist offices or international travel hubs).
Further information on travel and tourism in Mexico is available in eight languages at: www.visitmexico.com/en/
Further information on the conference is available on the UNCCD home page: www.unccd.int
Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements, and are encouraged to finalize their booking and payment as early as possible. The following hotels are offering a special rate for participants, according to availability; the code “UNCCD” should be mentioned when making reservations:
Boulevard Kukulcan Km 9
MZ 48 L-8-1, Zona Hotelera
Cancun, Quintana Roo
Tel.: + 52 998 848 9900
E-mail: Diana.Gomez@alofthotels.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Boulevard Kukulcan Km 9
Lotes 9 y 9 A, Zona Hotelera
Cancun, Quintana Roo
Tel.: + 52 998 848-9800
Fax: + 52 998 848-9813
E-mail: email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Krystal Grand Punta Cancun
Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 8.5
MZ 51 L-8, Zona Hotelera
Cancun, Quintana Roo
Tel.: + 52 998 891 5555
Reservations: + 52 998 883 1438
E-mail: email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org
For other hotel options, please visit the website http://cancun.travel/en/hotels/
Participants are advised to stay in hotels that are within or close to the Hotel Zone. Cancun Center Conventions & Exhibitions is located approximately 9.5 km from Cancun city centre. Taxi fees from Cancun city centre to Cancun Center Conventions & Exhibitions are approximately 250 Mexican pesos (USD 20) per ride. Public transportation is available at 9.50 Mexican pesos (USD 0.70) per ride.
Visa invitation letters will be sent to registered participants by the UNCCD Secretariat in the coming weeks.
The Government of Mexico encourages participants to apply for their visa as early as possible through their nearest Mexican embassy or consulate. The visa has always to be applied for by the person who intends to travel. Please note that in most embassies appointments are necessary to file the application
Further information on the procedure and details of the documents to be presented are available on the website of the competent Mexican embassy or consulate.
In addition, a table of countries whose citizens require/do not require visas to enter Mexico may be found on the website of the National Immigration Institute of Mexico.
Citizens of countries that require visas to travel to Mexico will not be required to process a visa if presenting one of the following documents at the port of entry:
(a) Document certifying permanent residence in Canada, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or any country member of the Schengen Area;
(b) Valid visa of the United States;
(c) APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) approved by Mexico.