Attendees » Local Info

Official Language
The official language of the conference is English and will be used for all presentations and printed materials.

Passport and Visa
All foreign visitors desiring to enter Germany must have a valid passport. Follow this link for Visa Information. No funds are available to assist with travel and registration fees cannot be waived. If, for some reason, your visa application is denied, your registration fees will be refunded to you in full.

Local Time Zones
In January, Munich, Germany will be observing Central European Time (CET), which is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) plus 1 hour.

Dialing Codes
Germany's International Country Code: +49
Munich's Local Area Code: 89

The weather in Munich in January is a winter wonderland with the following temperatures:
Normal High: 3C/37F
Normal Low: -3C/27F

Currency Exchange
Only Euros are acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. The exchange rate fluctuates daily. For current exchange rates, please visit

Credit Cards
Credit cards, including MasterCard®, Visa® and American Express®, are accepted at most hotels, restaurants, department stores, and souvenir shops. Cash is the preferred method of payment, however, and it is a good idea to check if a restaurant accepts credit cards before ordering.

Tipping Standards
Hand tips directly to waiters. Restaurant bills include a service charge; you can tip a few extra Euros for excellent service. Round up fares for taxi drivers. For skycaps, doormen, porters and bellman, €1 per bag is standard and €2 to €4 per night for housekeeping.

Electricity throughout Germany is 230V, 50 Hz.

Conference Attire
Attire during the duration of the conference is business casual.

Cellular Phones, Pagers and Watch Alarms
As a courtesy to our speakers and other attendees, please turn off any cellular phones, pagers and watch alarms during sessions.

All meeting rooms and seated functions are smoke free. Please adhere to the smoking policy of the Westin Grand Munich.