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Practical Information on General Assembly (1997)

June, 1997
(Source: ICA Review, Vol. 90 No. 3, 1997, pp. 89-96)

ICA General Assembly in Geneva
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Practical Information
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Meeting Venue: Geneva International Conference Centre(CICG)
rue Varembé 15, 1202 Geneva (Tel. 791 11 11, Fax 733 81 06)
Open from 07:00 - 19:00
 

Registration hours for the General Assembly
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Saturday, 13 September 1997:
08:00 - 20:00 - Airport
Sunday, 14 September 1997:
08:00 - 20:00 - Airport
Monday, 15 September 1997:
08:00 - 18:00 - Conference Centre
Tuesday, 16 September 1997:
08:00 - 18:00 - Conference Centre

Important Geneva contact numbers
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Ambulance:   144
SOS Doctors:   748 49 50
Cantonal Hospital:  372 33 11
La Tour Hospital:  780 01 11
Fire:    118
Police:    117
Directory information: 111
Co-op Taxi:   3 202 202
Taxiphone:   33 141 33

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Restaurants in the vicinity of the Conference Centre
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A. CICG Cafeteria:

The CICG Cafeteria on the 2nd floor offers self-service facilities including a salad bar. Take escalator up to second floor.
Opening times:   12:00-14:00
Credit Cards are not accepted
Capacity:    500 including terrace
Price:    Very reasonable

B. CICG Restaurant:

The CICG Restaurant specialises in French cuisine.  Reservations are strongly recommended. Located on ground floor in the Conference Centre.
Opening times:  12:00-14:00
Credit Cards:    Amex, Visa, Euro/Mastercard
Capacity:    60
Price:    Reasonable

C. Romana:

37, rue de Vermont, tel. 734 82 86
The Romana is an informal café/restaurant specialising in Italian cuisine and pizzas. It is located two minutes’ walk  from the  CICG.
Opening times:  11:45-14:00;          18:45-22:00
Credit Cards:    Amex, Visa, Diner’s Club, Euro/Mastercard.
Capacity:    200 including terrace
Price:    Reasonable

D. Café Restaurant des Nations:

87, rue de Montbrillant; tel. 734 35 45
The Café Restaurant des Nations is an informal café/restaurant specialising in French and Italian cuisine, including pizzas. It is located at the end of rue Varembé, five minutes’ walk  in the direction of the UN.
Opening Times:  11:45-14:00; 18:45-22:00
Credit Cards:   Euro/Mastercard, Visa
Capacity:    200
Price:    Reasonable

E. Ariana Restaurant:

83, rue de Montbrillant; tel. 740 07  67
Informal atmosphere, international cuisine, reasonable price.

F. Restaurant Phuket:

33, avenue de France, Tel. 734 41 00
The Phuket is a restaurant specialising in Thai cuisine.  Reservations are strongly recommended. Take the rue Varembé in the direction of the UN, cross the street and turn right, following blue building for approximately 30 metres.  Walking distance 8 minutes.
Opening Times:  11:45-14:00; 18:45-22:00
Credit Cards:   Euro/Mastercard, Visa
Capacity:    100
Price:     Moderate

G. La Pergola - Hotel Intercontinental:

7-9 chemin du Petit-Saconnex, tel:  734 60 91
La Pergola is a restaurant specialising in French cuisine.  There is a buffet lunch offering a wide variety of dishes.  Reservations are recommended.
Take the rue Varembé in the direction of the UN, turn left and continue 500 metres.  Also accessible by bus No. 5 (3 stops).
Opening Times:  11:45-14:00; 18:45-22:00
Credit Cards:   Amex, Euro/Mastercard, Visa, Diner’s Club
Capacity:   100 indoor plus 120 on the terrace
Price:    Moderate

H. Les Continents - Hotel Intercontinental:

7-9, chemin du Petit-Saconnex; tel. 734 60 91
Les Continents is a restaurant specialising in  seafood, French and Nouvelle Cuisine.  Reservations are recommended. Take the rue Varembé in the direction of the UN, turn left and continue for 500 metres.  Also accessible by bus No. 5 (3 stops).
Opening Times:  11:45-14:00; 18:45-22:00
Credit Cards:   Amex, Euro/Mastercard, Visa, Diner’s Club
Capacity:   80
Price:    High

For other gastronomic information, please consult the Tourist Office Restaurant Guide.

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Excursions Proposed by Key Tours
7, rue des Alpes, Geneva
Tel: 731 41 40, fax: 732 27 07
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This is only a glimpse of the many excursions proposed by Key Tours and other local organisations. Your hotel will be able to provide you with most current information upon your arrival, so that you might make the most of your limited free time in Geneva.

City Tour - daily at 10:00 and 14:00  - 2 hours (CHF 27)
This tour guides you along the lake, through Geneva’s beautifully-kept parks, past the renowned flower-clock to the famous Jet d’eau (a water fountain 140 metres high). As you stroll through the old town,  you will be able to admire St. Peter’s Cathedral, whose construction began in the 12th century, and other historic buildings such as 14th century Maison Tavel and the Town Hall. The Reformation Wall explains the religious reformation which dramatically affected the history of Northern Europe in the 16th century. After crossing the river Rhône, as did Julius Caesar in 58 B.C., you will tour through the international district where over 100 international organisations have their headquarters.

Geneva City & Countryside - Daily at 14:00 - 4  1/2 hours (CHF 59)
During this wonderful excursion through the local countryside you will be impressed by the richness of the forests and flora. The vineyards are particularly attractive at this time of year, just before the grape harvest  (you might have the opportunity to sample the fruits of last year’s “vendange” as the tour visits a local wine cellar). During part of the trip the coach takes a route along the Swiss/French border so you will also have the opportunity to see castles, villages and mountains in French territory.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc - daily at 08:30 - full day -  (CHF 88 - 193)
There are four variations to this excursion depending on your ambition and adventurous spirit. The Aiguille du Midi ( 2 cable-cars, 3842 m.) offers a spectacular view over the Chamonix valley, the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. The Vallée Blanche (another cable-car) offers 5 1/2 kms of horizons, hitherto exclusively reserved for alpine climbers. The Mer de Glace is reached by a comfortable cog-wheel train from Chamonix to Montenvers (1913 m.) where a seven km-long glacier can be seen. The Brévent Observatory (2525 m.),  reached by cable-car, offers a view of the route taken by alpine climbers to reach the summit of the Mont Blanc.

Airlines
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Aeroflot Airlines  909 27 70
Air Afrique Abidjan  798 32 35
Air Algérie   731 51 80
Air Canada   731 49 80
Air France   798 05 05
Air India   732 06 60
Alitalia    731 66 50
American Air  (Zh)    01 225 16 16
Austrian Airlines      0848 800 700
British Airways  155 69 69
Cathay Pacific Ar  731 97 97
CSA Czechoslovak   798 33 30
Cyprus Airways   794 50 49
Delta Airlines   155 20 36
Egyptair         731 39 37
El-Al Israel Airlines  328 50 00
Finnair    788 59 80
Iberia    715 02  40
Iran Air   731 01  30
Iraqi Airways   731 31  80
Japan Airlines   731 71  60
KLM    798 37  77
Korean Air   732 23  20
Kuwait Airways  731 95  60
Libyan Arab Airlines  731 00  50
Lot Polish Airlines  732 50  90
Lufthansa   929 51 51
Olympic Airways  311 96  21
Pakistan Int’l Airlines  731 64  06
Qantas    732 04  50
Royal Air Maroc  731 77  55
Sabena        0848 800 700
Saudi-Arabian    732 05  94
Scandinavian-Airlines  798 22 24
Singapore Airlines  732 22  05
Swissair       0848 800 700
TAP Air Portugal  731 73  50
Tunis Air   798 42 44
Turkish Airlines  731 61 20
TWA          (Zh)        01 211 22 65
United Air  (Zh)        01 212 65 55
Varig Brazilian Air  731 77 30

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Geneva Hotels
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Hotel d’Angleterre (Tel. 906 55 55 - Fax 738 62 86)
Quai du Mont-Blanc 17, 1201 Geneva
Hotel Ascot (Tel. 731 76 04 - Fax 738 85 68)
Rue Rothschild 55, 1201 Geneva
Hotel Astoria (Tel. 732 10 25 - Fax 731 76 90)
Place Cornavin 6, 1201 Geneva
Hotel Auteuil (Tel 731 44 00 - Fax 738 74 92)
Rue de Lausanne 33, 1201 Geneva
Hotel Balzac (Tel. 731 01 60 - Fax 738 38 47)
Rue Ancien-Port 14, 1201 Geneva
Hotel des Bergues (Tel. 731 50 50)
Quai des Bergues 33, 1211 Geneva 1
Hotel Cadett Mövenpick (Tel. 989 90 00- Fax 989 99 99)
Avenue de Mategnin 21, 1217 Meyrin
Hotel Chantilly (Tel. 731 11 07 - Fax 738 85 27)
Rue de la Navigation 27, 1201 Geneva
Hotel Drake (Tel. 731 67 50 - Fax 738 00 07)
Rue Rothschild 32, 1202 Geneva
Hotel Edelweiss (Tel. 731 36 58 - Fax 738 85 33)
Place de la Navigation 2, 1201 Geneva
Hotel Epsom Manotel (Tel. 731 86 04 - Fax 738 85 47)
Rue Richemond 18-20, 1202 Geneva
Hotel Grand-Pré (Tel. 918 11 11 - Fax 734 76 91)
Rue du Grand-Pré 35, 1211 Geneva 16
Hotel Mon Repos (Tel. 732 80 10)
Rue de Lausanne 131-133, 1202 Geneva
Hotel Noga Hilton (Tel. 908 90 81 - Fax 908 90 90)
Quai du Mont-Blanc 19, 1201 Geneva
Hotel Président (Tel. 906 66 66 - Fax 906 66 67)
Quai Wilson 47, 1211 Geneva 21
Résidence Les Nations (Tel. 734 30 03 - Fax 734 38 84)
Rue du Grand-Pré 62, 1202 Geneva
Hotel Royal (Tel. 906 13 57 - Fax 738 85 57)
Rue de Lausanne 41, 1211 Geneva 2
Hotel Touring Balance (Tel. 310 40 45 - Fax 310 40 39)
Place Longemalle 13, 1204 Geneva
Hotel Le Warwick (Tel. 731 62 50 - Fax 738 99 35)
Rue de Lausanne 14, 1201 Geneva

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Facts & Figures about Switzerland
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Population:   about 6,900,000

Capital:   Berne

Religious denominations:
Protestant (40%), Roman Catholic (46%), others (14%)

Area: 15,942 sq. mi./41,293 sq. km

Distances:
North-South 137 mi./220 km
East-West 216 mi./348 km

Cantons:  23, three of which are subdivided into half-cantons

Highest Point: Dufour Peak in the Monte Rosa massif (Valais)
15,203 ft./4,634 m

Lowest point: Lac Maggiore (Ticino) 633 ft./193 m

Language:

Switzerland is one of the most multilingual countries in Europe. Many Swiss, particularly those who work with visitors in one way or other, speak several languages. The national languages of Switzerland are German (central and northeastern Switzerland), French (western Switzerland), Italian (southern Switzerland) and Romansh (southwestern Switzerland).

Banking/Business hours:
Banks are usually open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. They are closed Saturday and Sunday and on legal holidays. There is a UBS in the CICG.  Shops are generally open from 9 am to 6:30 pm weekdays and to 5 pm Saturdays. Closed Sundays except for those at airport and some railway stations.

Swiss Travel System:
Zurich and Geneva airports each have their own railway station with hourly trains to all major destinations throughout Switzerland. Timetables, ticket offices, information, change and baggage registration counters are easily accessible. Minimum connection time from plane to train is 40 minutes, from train to plane 60 minutes. The Swiss Pass (unlimited travel through town and country for periods of four days to a month) or the Swiss card (transportation to and from your destination and half price for excursions) are the ideal ways for tourists to discover Switzerland on the Swiss Travel System, which includes trains, buses, lake steamers and some mountain cablecars. There is also an arrangement between Swissair and the Swiss Federal Railways to facilitate checking in luggage from airports to railway stations and vice-versa. Ask for 'fly-rail' brochure for details.

Climate:
Temperatures generally do not reach extremes of hot or cold. In the cities, summer temperatures seldom rise above 86oF/30oC, and the humidity is rather moderate. In winter, temperatures often fall below 32oF/oC and there is snow and ice. The southern part of Switzerland has subtropical vegetation and a mild climate year-round.

Electric current:
Switzerland is on 220 volts and most plugs have a third prong for earthing.

Postage:
The first class rate for letters and postcards to Europe is CHF 1.10 and for overseas CHF 1.80 (up to 20 gms). Apart from the post office (there is one in the CICG), stamps are available in postage machines and in most places where postcards are sold.

Telephoning in and from Switzerland:
Any country in the world can be called from private or public telephones (coins or phonecards). To find a number in Switzerland, check the phone book or dial 111. For any other country except Germany (192) and France (193) call 191. For an international line dial 00 followed by country code.

Dialling 114 will connect you to the international operator. The country code for USA is 001, for Great Britain is 0044. Omit the first 0 of the local area code. To find out other country codes or cost of domestic and foreign calls, please consult the first pages of any Swiss telephone book.

Tipping:
Service charges are officially included in the price. A small additional tip to round off the amount is customary, though not compulsory, in restaurants and taxis. Porters on hotels are usually paid CHF 1-2 per piece of luggage. No tipping of ushers in cinemas and theatres.