Philadelphia Postcard

About Philadelphia



oneworld-Official Airline Alliance of G-I-N 2016

Visa Information and Letters of Invitation


Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, is home to many of the finest museums, cultural institutions, historic sites, neighbourhoods and entertainment offerings in the world.  All will be anxiously awaiting the visitors and attendees to the G-I-N 2016 Conference.  For more information about what Philadelphia has to offer, please click the links below:



Conference Location

The conference activities will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania which is closely located to the centre of Philadelphia and easily accessible from hotels and transportation options.  The conference will be held in three buildings located on the Perelman Quadrangle:   Houston Hall, Irvine Auditorium, and Cohen Hall. The main hub for the conference will be:

Houston Hall

3417 Spruce St

Philadelphia, PA 19104



The Fall Season is one of the prettiest in Philadelphia with moderate temperatures, sunny days, and a kaleidoscope of colours provided by Mother Nature!  

Average daily temperature ranges between a high of 72°F to a low of 55°F.

It is advisable to bring a lightweight jacket or sweater for the evenings as well as for the air-conditioned meeting facilities.


English is the official language of the Conference.


Currency Exchange

Currency maybe exchanged at the following locations, as well as several hotels and restaurants and the Philadelphia International Airport. Look for signs at participating establishments.

CITIZENS BANK 1234 Market Street | 215-561-5800 20th and Market streets | 215-977-8495

PNC BANK 1600 Market Street | 215-585-1166


Traveling to and Through Philadelphia


Philadelphia is at the centre of it all. It is easy and affordable to get here.  Conveniently located in the Northeast United States, the fifth-most populous city in the nation is just 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Washington, D.C., by train.

Philadelphia International Airport serves more than 120 cities worldwide with 1,400 daily flights, including 120 international flights. The regional public transportation system – ranked second in the nation among cities with more than 1 million residents – provides quick and easy access to the city from the surrounding metropolitan area.

Amtrak LogoPhiladelphia’s historic 30th Street Station is the 3rd busiest Amtrak train station in the United States. Conveniently located in the Northeast United States, Philadelphia is easily accessible through Amtrak trains from both the Midwest and along the Northeast Corridor. While it takes only 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach Philadelphia from New York City and just 1 hour and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., Amtrak trains also arrive at Philadelphia from Boston, Chicago, Charlotte, New Orleans, and more.

Amtrak is offering discount fares between (September 24, 2016 – October 03, 2016).  To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent.

Conventions cannot be booked via Internet.  Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X17C-954 when making your reservation.  This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service.  Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts.  Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.

Residents of the Northeast can also arrive in Philadelphia by bus.  Megabus offers affordable service to Philadelphia from 13 cities including Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Toronto while Bolt Bus departs from Boston, New York City, and Newark.en making your reservation.  

Taxi Services

Taxi services can be accessed at Zone 5 on the Commercial Transportation Roadway.

All Taxi rates are based per trip, not per person. Most taxis can accommodate up to 3 passengers. In some cases certain vehicle types can accommodate 4 passengers. Child safety restraint rules apply to taxis.

$28.50 Flat Rate from the Airport to Central Philadelphia Area.  This area encompasses: Fairmount Ave (most Northern point), South Street (most Southern point) Delaware River (most eastern point) and University City/ 38th Street (most Western point). Any destination that falls within these boundaries is eligible for the Center City flat rate.

All taxis accept credit cards.

Regional Rail

The short transfer into Center City from the airport takes 20 minutes on the SEPTA Regional Rail Line for a cost of $8.00/ticket. SEPTA Airport Regional Rail Line platforms can be accessed from the pedestrian walkways between the terminals and the bag claims at Terminals A-East, B, C, D and E (Terminal F passengers board/exit at Terminal E). Trains to Center City Philadelphia depart every 30 minutes between 5:07 AM and 12:07 AM and stop at Terminals E, C/D, B, and A-East before continuing to Eastwick, University City, 30th Street Station, Suburban Station and Jefferson (Market East). 

Whether by plane, train, bus or car, chances are Philadelphia is closer than you think.


Another efficient way to traverse Philadelphia is with Uber.  Click here for specific information about the Philadelphia Uber experience.


As in most major cities, parking can present some challenges, especially on or near university campuses.  For information on parking around the University City area, click here.


oneworld - Official Airline Alliance of G-I-N 2016

oneworld is pleased to be the official airline alliance of Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) 2016 Conference.

Click here to book your flights and enjoy the benefits.

oneworld®, the premier global airline alliance, brings together 15 leading airlines from around the world - airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, TAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines. Together with around 30 affiliate members, oneworld’s network currently serves more than 1,000 destinations in 155 countries.

Attendee benefits

• Attractive flight discounts for attendees and one travel companion.

• Flights available from all oneworld member airlines and affiliates.

• User-friendly booking tool that will display the most convenient flights and multiple fare options.

• 24-hour support desk – reach us by email or phone.

• Earn rewards and tier status points on oneworld eligible flights.

• Frequent flyer privileges, including, for top tier cardholders, access to some 650 premium airport lounges worldwide, fasttrack at security lanes in selected airports and extra baggage allowance.

• Seamless connections and quality service on oneworld member airlines.

Visit and enter event code OW98D16 to log in as an attendee and access our convenient online booking tool, customised with your event information. You and a travel companion can then book discounted flights for travel seven days before and seven days after the event. Fares will be available up to twelve months prior to the event.

 For more information please visit

oneworld alliance


Visa Information

If you are planning to travel to the United States and live in a country that requires a Visa, we urge to apply for one as early as possible.  Note the following change has just be implemented for travel to the US:  The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries*to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of 90 days or less, when all requirements are met. Travelers must be eligible to use the VWP and have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA ) approval prior to travel.  If you are eligible to travel on the VWP, but prefer to have a visa in your passport, you may still apply for a visitor (B) visa.

Below are suggestions to help you secure a Visa.

  • Apply at the appropriate location at least 5 months before intended travel.  You can check on-line for the wait times for appointments.
  • Be prepared to allow inkless fingerprinting and digital photographs upon entry to the US.
  • Be accurate and specific in completing your application. Avoid mistakes. If needed, attach an additional explanation letter.
  • Attach evidence of your previous visits to the United States and of your intended return trip to your home country.
  • Acquire a police clearance, if possible.
  • Bring all documentation proving your home country connections. Suggestions include: past visas, bank accounts, family, professional position, home ownership, and marriage license.
  • If you are presenting a paper or speaking at the meeting or are receiving an award or grant, bring copies of correspondence confirming that.
  • Bring your letter of invitation from G-I-N.

Click here for information on Temporary Visas to participate in the conference or other temporary travel to the United States.

Click here for the United States Visa application procedures.

Note:  A Visa only allows you to travel to the US.  You will still have to be admitted at your point of entry.  Click here for information from Homeland Security on the Entry Process


Letters of Invitation

G-I-N 2016 letters of invitation are only provided to attendees who are planning to participate and attend the G-I-N 2016 Conference.

After registering for G-I-N 2016, you will be able to request a letter of invitation.

In some cases, Visa Offices will not accept electronically transmitted invitation letters.  If you also need G-I-N to mail a letter of invitation:

  1. Request a letter of invitation
  2. to the conference secretariat requesting that we mail you a copy of your invitation letter. Include your full name, city, country, and the name of the event you plan to attend.
  3. Important: Letters of invitation will be sent via regular mail unless you provide a Federal Express or DHL account number.


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