Information A – Z

 

Useful details about the Conference and the destination.

Airport

Mexico Airport (IATA: MEX, ICAO: MMMX), also known as Mexico City International Airport, officially named Benito Juárez International Airport, is the main airport serving the greater Mexico City.

It is the busiest airport in Mexico and Latin America.

The airport is situated 16,5 kilometres from Presidente InterContinental and 5 km (3 miles) east from Downtown Mexico City. Please check https://www.aicm.com.mx/en/flights for flight information.

Authorized taxis

Authorized taxis offer comfortable and safe service from the Airport to your destination. These are the only taxis authorized by the Communications and Transport Authority (SCT Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes).

Taxi services are located at the international and domestic entrances at Terminals 1 and 2.  In both cases, taxi tickets are sold at the modules located near the arrival gates and in the walkway area.  Rates are posted in a visible place and are authorized by the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT).  For your safety, we recommend you only use the taxi services authorized by this airport, which include:

Terminal 1:

  • Porto Taxi, Sitio 300

  • Nueva Imagen and Excelencia

Terminal 2:

  • Porto Taxi, Sitio 300

  • Nueva Imagen

  • Excelencia

  • Confort and Yellow Cab

A taxi shuttle to the Hotel approximate cost 300-350 Mexican pesos or around $20 US dollars. Another option is to send a taxi from the hotel to pick you up.

Banks and Money Exchange

The Mexican Peso (ISO code: MXN), is the official currency of Mexico. The exchange rate for one Dollar = 19,27 MXN (as of: March 2019). Please not that the exchange rate from dollar to peso is constantly fluctuating. 

You can use a checking bankcard, credit card or debit card, and will find ATM's at every bank, in or near many supermarkets, in shopping malls, grocery stores and occasionally in hotel lobbies and at the airport. ATMs are linked to Cirrus, Plus and other major International networks, and are available 24 hours a day.

For safety, you should stick to ATMs in or attached to bank branches. 

Some places may accept U.S. dollars; however, it's likely that you will be charged more than if you paid in pesos.

ATM at hotel: This Property has a cash machine next the hotel bar.

Catering

Lunch as well as two coffee breaks per day from Sunday to Tuesday are free of charge for all registered Conference delegates.

Climate

Mexico City has a subtropical highland climate, with warm summers and mild winters, and an annual average temperature of 64°F (18°C).

Until the end of September, Mexico City is still experiencing its rainy season. But if you visit in the fall, you'll likely be in town for some of the city's best-known events, such as Mexican Independence Day, Mariachi Festival etc.

Conference Materials

Every full Conference registered participant will receive a delegate bag containing the printed Conference program, a pocket program book as well as other useful material at the registration counter (first floor) in the hotel area.

Conference Venue

Our FIDIC 2019 Conference venue is the well-located Hotel Presidente InterContinental México Polanco, at Campos Eliseos 218, Col. Chapultepec Polanco.

For influential politicians, celebrities, artists, business leaders and international travelers, the AAA Four Diamond, award-winning property is simply the "place to be." Offering luxury accommodations, it is recognized as one of the best hotels in Mexico.

The exclusive Polanco district is an area that is often called the Beverly Hills of Mexico City. Indeed, it is home to the city's densest concentration of upscale shopping, hotels and restaurants, embassies, high-end car dealerships and home furnishings shops, many of the city's most important museums, and together with adjacent Nuevo Polanco, Mexican headquarters of many multinational companies. As a residential area, the neighborhood is one of the safest, many super-rich, politicians, celebrities, artists and businessmen call Polanco home.

Here you can find a floor plan of the conference area shortly.

Electricity

Electricity in Mexico is 127V, with a frequency of 60hz. Visitors from some countries may require a transformer and a plug adaptor.

Emergency Numbers

The number for emergency services is 911. This will connect you to the fire brigade, police, ambulance, lifeboat and mountain rescue services. If you need to speak to police about a matter that does not need an immediate urgent response, you should call 089.

Although other areas of Mexico are under U.S. travel advisories and warnings, Mexico City is not under any travel restrictions.

Like all other major cities, certain areas should be avoided and necessary precautions taken to ensure your security. Visitors are highly encouraged to remain aware of their surroundings to avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Exhibition

Delegates are invited to visit the exhibition in room Feria of the Presidente InterContinental Hotel Mexico City, which will feature commercial exhibitors and associations.

Opening times:

Monday, 9 September…................................................08:45 to 17:00

Tuesday, 10 September……..........................................08:45 to 17:00

Insurance

FIDIC and the Conference Secretariat cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants.
Attendees are advised to arrange their own adequate travel and medical insurance against medical treatment, accidents, cancellation of bookings, etc.

Language

The official FIDIC Conference language is English. English-Chinese v.v. and Spanish-English v.v. translation is offered in the main conference sessions but not for the printed matters of the Conference.

Letter of Invitation

Official letters of invitation, designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries in terms of visa issue will be sent upon request. Please note that such letters do not represent a commitment on the part of FIDIC to provide any financial assistance. If you require such a letter, please apply to the FIDIC Conference Secretariat during the registration process or at fidic2019@fidic.org and provide your full name, passport details and address details with your request.

Name Badge

Badges must be visible and used at all times during the Conference. Lost name badges can be replaced at the registration counter for a respective fee.

Program Changes

The Organizer cannot assume liability for any changes in the Conference Program due to external or unforeseen circumstances.

Registration to the Conference

All delegates are required to register to the conference. It is advised to register online prior to the conference and then personally check in at the registration counter in the hotel on the first floor. Participants may also register onsite.
To view the registration fees, click here
http://fidic2019.org/en/registration-fees.

Smoking Policy

The Presidente InterContinental is a non-smoking venue.

Participants are requested to go to the designated smoking area to smoke.

Social Media

Visit us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FIDIC.Page and Twitter https://twitter.com/FIDIC/.

Speaker Preview Room

All speakers must report to the Speaker Preview Room located in the business room VI on the second floor at least one hour prior to their presentation in order to hand over and check their presentation.

Time: Onsite Registrations Schedule

Please register onsite during the following registration opening times: 

Saturday, 7 September…............................................07:30 – 17:00

Sunday, 8 September..................................................07:00 – 18:00

Monday, 9 September.................................................07:30 – 18:00

Tuesday, 10 September..............................................07:30 – 17:00

Tipping

Tipping is not mandatory in Mexico but it is a common practice. When eating at a restaurant, you may want to leave a little something for the waiter or waitress. In Mexico, 10 percent of the price of the bill is standard, but if the service is exceptional, you can always tip more. Make sure to give the tip directly to the server to avoid it landing in the wrong hands.

Transportation

The best way to get around Mexico City is the metro or by Uber http://www.uber.com. Not only is it fairly clean and quick, but you can ride for approximately $0.25. Plus, most popular tourist attractions are easily accessible by train. Several different types of buses motor through the main square (el Zócalo) and its busiest streets – they are also an affordable option.

Phone ahead for ‘a taxi de sitio’ to ensure that you get official and safe transportation around the city.

T: +52 (55) 36269800 www.servitaxis.com.mx/

Flagging one down on the street could leave you in the potentially precarious situation of hopping in the back of an unofficial green VW taxi and a driver with maybe questionable intentions. Most hotels and restaurants are happy to call one of the official cars for you, or you could wait at the "Sitio" signs and stands located around town.

VAT

Mexico has a range of VAT rates, including:

  • Standard VAT rate: 16%

  • Borders Reduced VAT rate of 11% was dropped in 2014

  • Zero Rated Supplies: foodstuffs; water; agricultural supplies; books and magazines

  • VAT Exempt Supplies: immovable property, land, financial services, insurance, cultural exhibitions and events, imports

TASA CERO PROGRAM

About claim of tax back, program called “Tasa Cero” the following conditions apply:

  • The application of zero rate is a fiscal stimulus applied by companies that provide hotel services to foreign tourists who enter the country to participate exclusively in congresses, conventions, exhibitions or fairs to be held in national territory

  • Every guest has to present at the check in and to the Group Coordinator the immigration card (given at customs in the entrance to Mexico City) and the passport.

  • The contract has to be signed outside of Mexico

  • All of the payments have to be made outside of Mexico and with a foreigner card or account.

  • Registration proof of the guest to the “congresses, conventions, exhibitions or fairs”

  • Copy of payment credit card voucher or copy of the bank deposit.

Tax refund

If you go shopping during your trip to Mexico, you may be able to apply for a tax refund on your purchases. The tourist tax refund is only available to international tourists who buy at specific stores that participate in the program, and they must leave the country by sea or by air from certain airports. For more information please visit: https://taxfree.com.mx/v1/en/how-to-obtain-your-tax-refund/

Visa regulations

Please check if your nationality requires a visa by contacting your embassy or the Mexico embassy in your country.

To view the 169 Official Countries which require or exempt visas to visit Mexico, please click the Mexican immigration website. Nationals of 67 countries and jurisdictions holding a passport do not require a visa to enter Mexico as tourists, visitors in transit or business visitors. Tourists and business visitors can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days. Visitors in transit can stay for up to 30 days.

Wi-Fi

Presidente InterContinental offers free Wi-Fi to all FIDIC delegates. The WIFI log-in data will be announced at a later date.