AIB 2009 Annual Meeting
San Diego, California, USA
June 27-30, 2009
San Diego Travel Information
About San Diego
San Diego is the second largest city in California and the eighth largest city in the United States. San Diego offers 70 miles of beaches which is famed for the best climate in the United States with an average daily temperature of 70.5 degrees Fahrenheit (21.4 degrees Celsius). At times, you can experience mountain, coastal, and desert environments all in one day. San Diego is also known as "America's Finest City" and is bordered by Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains, which offer immense options for business and pleasure. . And with the Mexican city of Tijuana just minutes from downtown, San Diego is an international experience with all the comforts of a city leading the nation in biomedical, high-tech and telecommunication industries.
San Diego International Airport
San Diego International Airport (SAN) is the 30th busiest airport in the country in terms of passengers and the busiest single-runway commercial service airport in the nation. The airport is conveniently located just three miles northwest of downtown San Diego, and less than a mile from the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.
For more information please visit http://www.san.org/
From the Airport
San Diego International Airport (SAN) is less than a mile (about 1 km) from the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. There are free shuttles available for transportation to and from the airport and hotel.
Most visitors to the U.S. coming in for a conference will require a B-1 Business Visa, unless you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or one of 35 countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program. For more information about the B-1 Visa and the list of countries in the waiver program, visit the U.S. Department of State Visa Information site.
If you have a need for an invitation letter for the conference, the Secretariat can provide you with one. However, you will need to have registered for the conference before you can request a letter. Once you have registered for the conference, please contact to request an invitation letter.
Basic Visitor Information
The legal tender is the US dollar (USD): Currency Converter.
During the AIB Conference, San Diego will be in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT: UTC - 7 hours). The current time in San Diego is
The voltage is 120 volts, 60 cycles (60hz). Flat blade Type A and B plugs are used.
The climate of San Diego, California is predominantly a semi-arid Mediterranean climate. It enjoys mild, sunny weather throughout the year. Average monthly temperatures range from about 57 Fahrenheit in January to 72 Fahrenheit in July, although late summer and early autumn are typically the hottest times of the year.
English is the official language of California. However, in reality California is a multilingual state. Spanish is very widely spoken by California's large Hispanic population, and the state is highly influenced by the Spanish language. San Diego is very close to the Mexican border, so expect to hear a lot of Spanish.
Tipping in San Diego is technically the same as elsewhere in the U.S.A. In restaurants, this means a tip of 15 to 18 percent. At bars, $1 to $2 per drink is customary. You should plan on $1-$2 per night for hotel housekeeping/maid service, and $1 per bag for the bellman/porter. For taxis, 10 to 15 percent is customary.
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo is located just north of downtown San Diego, in Balboa Park, and is the most famous attraction. The zoo is one of the largest, most progressive in the world with over 4,000 animals of more than 800 species. It is also one of the zoos in the world that houses the giant panda.
For more information, visit http://www.sandiegozoo.org/
San Diego Wild Animal Park
San Diego Wild Animal Park is an 1800 acre wildlife sanctuary operated by the not-for-profit Zoological Society of San Diego. It is home to more than 3,500 animals representing 429 species that roam in free-range enclosures, including the largest crash of rhinos in any zoological facility, and one of the only California condor exhibits in the world. It is located in the San Pasqual Valley, about 30 miles (50kms) from the zoo.
For more information, visit http://www.sandiegozoo.org/wap/
SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego features some fabulous aquatic shows, amusements, and other adventures. It is educational as well as entertaining. SeaWorld is located on San Diego's Mission Bay.
For more information, visit http://www.seaworld.com/
Balboa Park is the heart and soul of San Diego. An oasis situated minutes from downtown, the harbor and Mission Valley. Balboa Park's 15 diverse museums span interests like aerospace, sports, fine art, folk art, history and dinosaurs. The park offers a wide range of low or no-cost activities for the entire family. The AIB Gala Event on June 29th will take place inside the park.
For more information, visit http://www.balboapark.org/
San Diego Beaches
San Diego Beaches is more than a boundary dividing land from sea, more than a place to swim or sunbathe. In San Diego, the beach is a way of life, a source of pride and joy. For some, the memory of a mid-summer sunset melting into the Pacific is reward enough. Others can enjoy surfing and sailing, biking and running, swimming and diving along San Diego's many coastal beaches.
For more information, please visit http://www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/beaches/
LEGOLAND ignites creativity in kids and adults of all ages. LEGOLAND is divided into several areas - the Beginning, Dino Island, Explore Village, Miniland USA, Funtown, Knight's Village, and Imagination Zone. The excitement sets in when you approach the front entrance, where a 9-foot, bright red, LEGO dinosaur welcomes you to a day of color, amusement, thrills and action. LEGOLAND is about 30 minutes north of San Diego in Carlsbad.
For more information, visit http://www.legoland.com/california.htm
For More Information
Please visit San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau at http://www.sandiego.org/