- GLOBE to provide mentoring and technology review services for a select group of pre-commercial BC companies in environmental and clean technology related sectors as part of a 10-month pilot project.
- The failure of many small businesses to develop international trade opportunities is a major challenge for governments and business owners
- Expectations on the growth and deployment of renewable energy vastly exceed actual growth of green energy
- By 2050 more than 40% of the world’s population will live under severe water stress and nearly 20% could be exposed to floods.
- Phil Fontaine O.C., O.M. will be recognized for his lifelong dedication to the Aboriginal community as recipient of the 2013 Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
The Star Alliance member airlines have been appointed the Official Airline Network for GLOBE 2012.
To obtain the Star Alliance discount please follow the below steps to access the Conventions Plus online booking tool:
- Visit www.staralliance.com;
- Under "Delegates login", enter Conventions Code AC03S12;
- The online booking tool should open in a separate window.
Registered participants plus one accompanying person travelling to the event can qualify for a discount of up to 20%, depending on fare and class of travel booked.
The participating airlines for this event are: Adria Airways, Air Canada, Air China, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Blue1, bmi, Brussels Airlines, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS International Air Lines, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United, and US Airways.
Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Round the World fares. All rules of fare booked must be adhered to. Only eligible passengers and one companion (travelling together) may be ticketed using the Star Alliance Conventions Plus discounts. Eligible passengers must be travelling to the event city during the event travel dates and must provide the Convention Code number and should be able to provide proof of registration.
Please note: For travel from Japan and New Zealand, special fares or discounts are offered by the participating airlines on their own network. To obtain these special fares and for booking information, please visit www.staralliance.com, and:
- Click on "Conventions Plus Booking Contacts" on the right-hand side and enter Conventions Code AC03S12;
- Choose one of the participating airlines listed;
- Call the respective reservation contact listed and quote Conventions Code AC03S12 when booking your ticket to GLOBE.
When making your travel plans, you may be asked to present confirmation of your registration or proof of attendance for GLOBE 2012.
GLOBE 2012 participants are encouraged to make their participation in the event as sustainable as possible. Below are some tips and ideas to reduce your ecological footprint.
* Travel to and from the event:
- Book your travel via the most direct route possible as multiple take-offs and landings cause substantial increases in emissions;
- Utilize public transit or shuttle services from the airport to your accommodations to reduce GHG emissions.
* Public transit Information:
- TransLink, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority, covers all public transit services available in Vancouver. Visit their website to find information on the following services:
- Coast Mountain Buses serve the City of Vancouver. A number of buses stop near the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre.
- SkyTrain is Vancouver's light rapid transit system, which connects the Lower Mainland of BC. The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre is near Waterfront Station.
- SeaBus is Vancouver's passenger ferry service connecting downtown Vancouver to the North Shore. The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre is located near the Waterfront Terminal.
- West Coast Express is a commuter rail service linking Mission, Port Haney, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody with downtown Vancouver. The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre is near Waterfront Station.
* Getting around downtown:
- Walking: The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre is within walking distance of most downtown locations. Plan your trip by foot (Note: the Convention Centre is B6 on this map).
- Biking: There are numerous bike racks available outside of the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, as well as on the first level of the parking lot. This map shows Vancouver's bike routes, and includes information on taking bicycles on public transit. Plan your trip by bicycle.
* Exploring the city:
- Consider participating in ecotourism activities during your stay. Visit the Tourism Vancouver website for a list of companies offering ecotourism activities.
- See the city on foot by taking a walking tour, or hiking a local trail
- Buy locally-produced goods and services
* If you are staying at a hotel:
- Turn off any lights, TV, air conditioner or heaters when you leave your hotel room for the day to decrease energy consumption.
- If your hotel offers this service, opt into towel and linen reuse programs to reduce the consumption of energy, water and soap.
While Canada has two official languages - French and English - English is the predominant language in the west. Multilingual staff are commonly found in major tourism and business facilities.
Canada's currency system based on dollars and cents, with a dollar equating to 100 cents. Currency exchange services are available throughout the city; as well, US currency is accepted at most places in Vancouver.
Electricity in Canada is 110 volt AC (alternating current), as in the United States.
A Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of 12% is applicable to most purchases; however, goods purchased by a visitor and shipped directly to their home outside of the province are exempt. Accommodation in the Vancouver area is taxed at 15%.
* Customs Entry Requirements
All international travelers require valid passports to enter Canada and some will require visas. Visit www.cic.gc.ca for the list of countries and territories whose citizens require visas in order to enter Canada as visitors.