Message from the Minister for Tourism Industry Development
The Hon Kate Jones MP
Welcome to the International Seed Federation World Seed Congress – ISF 2018.
Queensland will host industry professionals and leaders from the agriculture and seed industries at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The ISF World Seed Congress is the International Seed Federation’s flagship event, which brings together the principal architects and decision makers of the global seed industry.
The event will highlight Brisbane as a premier business event destination and visitors can enjoy our vibrant city, relaxed urban outdoor lifestyle, world-class events and culture and nature right on our doorstep
The Palaszczuk Government is proud to support this event through Tourism and Events Queensland, recognising the importance of business events to the state’s tourism economy. I encourage those of you visiting to explore Brisbane and South East Queensland to experience more of the best address on earth.
Brisbane – Quintessential Australian
A modern, dynamic and welcoming city, Brisbane offers quintessential Australian experiences with access to the stunning Great Barrier Reef and proximity to famous beach destinations and World Heritage-listed rainforests.
Brisbane is renowned for its subtropical outdoor lifestyle and friendly locals. Built on the banks of a gently winding river, discover a compact and walkable city where you will find a surprise around every corner.
Receive a warm welcome and be shown the local places to visit – the designer and boutique outlets, the alfresco bistros and cafes, rooftop venues, specialist bars, enticing galleries and eclectic markets.
Brisbane’s lifestyle is marked by South Bank’s inner-city beach, lush parklands and culture-rich precinct housing Australia’s largest Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
An events calendar replete with blockbuster performances, major international sporting events and exclusive exhibitions ensures Brisbane has a vibrant vibe all year round.
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Getting to Brisbane
Brisbanes award-winning International Airport is located 13 km or 20 minutes from the City Centre. With superior airport infrastructure and operating 24 hours a day, Brisbane Airport directly services 30 international destinations each week and 44 domestic destinations. Brisbane Airport offers a complimentary Airport Transfer Bus that can transfer delegates between the Domestic and International Terminals.
Brisbane operates on Australian Eastern Standard Time: GMT + 10 hours.
Daylight savings times do not apply in Queensland.
The official national currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD) which is equivalent to approximately:
0.76 CHF / 0.70 EUR / 0.76 USD
Health and Medical Services
Australia has a high-standard healthcare system offering a mix of public and private services. Several public hospitals with accident, emergency and outpatient services are located close to inner-city Brisbane, while private medical practitioners can be easily located. Some international travellers will find their country has reciprocal healthcare agreements with Australia. As a general guide, these agreements provide for any ill-health episode requiring prompt medical attention. Comprehensive travel insurance is always recommended.
English is the official language of Australia. Many foreign languages are used by local communities including Arabic, Italian, Greek, Vietnamese and Chinese dialects.
Brisbane has a sub-tropical climate with warm summers and mild winters, defined by year round sunny days. Rainfall is more likely in the summer months (December – February) while winter (June – August) is usually dry and clear.
Average temperature in June: Max 21° – Min. 12°
Mains supply in Australia is 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz with three-pin plugs used across the country (Type I)
The Australian three-pin electrical socket differs from those found in most countries, and international travellers may require an adaptor socket. Standard outlets for 100-volt small appliances can be found in most hotel rooms. Adaptors can be bought from the Brisbane Visitor Information and Booking Centre in the Queen Street Mall and from all good travel stores, chemists and department stores. For more information: www.power-plugs-sockets.com/australia/
For more information
A selection of hotel room accommodation of various types and categories has been negotiated at special rates and pre-booked for Delegates attending the ISF World Seed Congress 2018.
Hotel reservations will be handled by our local agent through an online reservation portal dedicated to accommodation bookings for ISF World Seed Congress 2018 registered participants.
Hotel reservations made by non-registered participants will be cancelled without further notice.
ISF does not guarantee the availability of the hotels. Reservations are on first come first served basis upon availability. For more information please visit the Travel and Accommodation website. You may therefore proceed with your hotel reservation only after your Congress registration is confirmed.
All remaining hotel rooms have now been released. If you still require a hotel for the Congress, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability for a booking at the discounted Congress rate.
Cancellation and booking changes policy for: Accommodation, Private Transfers and Pre & Post Tours.
Following your registration at the Congress you will receive a confirmation containing a link to access all information about cancellations policy for Accommodation, Private Transfers and Pre & Post Tours.
Transfers from/to the airport
There are no Congress organized transfers from/to airport. Therefore, you may take Airtrain service, a taxi or book a private transfer service through the Travel and Accommodation website, at your own expenses.
The Airtrain Brisbane is a fast and efficient rail link between Brisbane Airport and Brisbane CBD (Central Business Disctrict), making travelling easy for delegates. The trains run every 15 minutes in peak travelling times and every 30 minutes outside of these times.
A special discounted rate for ISF World Seed Congress Delegates has been arranged. Please click here to download a copy outlining the special rate, please follow instructions listed in this letter.
Taxi ranks are available at the Brisbane international and domestic airports, as well as throughout The City and inner-city precincts. A standard taxi will cater for four passengers or less. For wheel-chair access or to transport five to 10 passengers, it’s best to order a Multi Passenger taxi. Unlike other cities, when the taxi light is on, this means that the taxi is unavailable.
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Trains, City Cats (public catamaran) as well as buses also operate with convenient services to the South Bank convention precinct. Please visit the translink website to plan your journey. The best way to purchase a City Cat ticket is on the ferry using Australian cash.
Transfers from/to Hotels – Congress venue
There are no Congress organized transfers from/to Hotels and Congress venue
Brisbane is a compact city with most hotels nearby and within a comfortable 5-20 minute walk.
Transfers to Social Events venues
Organized transfers from official Congress hotels to the Welcome Party venue will be provided from designated drop on/off bus stops.
There are no transfers organized for Gala Dinner to be held at BCEC.
Information about Welcome Party transfers are available here: Transportation Welcome Party
For all those wanting to book a private transfer, this service will be available through the Travel and Accommodation website.
Entry Regulations and Visa application
Following your Congress’s registration you will receive a confirmation containing all information about how to apply for Invitation letters. Invitation letters will be provided only to registered Delegates.
We suggest to get in touch with the Australian Embassy or Consulate in your country for consolidated information about entry regulations and visa application.
All international travellers must present a valid and approved travel document (generally a passport) as evidence of their identity and nationality to allow entry into Australia. In addition, all international travellers (with the exception of most New Zealand passport holders) must also obtain a valid visa before travelling to Australia.
As a general guide, travellers are encouraged to apply for their Australian visa well in advance of their planned departure date.
Visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for further information: www.immi.gov.au