1. Conference venue
MMSP 2008 will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns
Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
Tel: (61-7) 4031 1411 Fax: (61-7) 4031 3226
Special room rate for MMSP08: AUS$205.00 (superior view room type)
Deadline: reserved by 7 Sept. 2008
Please click the following link to get a booking form for this special rate.
MMSP2008 Shangri-la room booking form
Instruction from Shangri-la Hotel, The Marina, Cairns, Australia:
The credit card details provided by you on the booking form are used only to guarantee/secure your reservation. Shangri-la Hotel Cairns does not use this credit card as pre payment for your accommodation. If your do wish to prepay, your will need to complete a separate credit card authorisation form and can obtain this by contacting reservations using the details on the form
Located in the heart of Cairns, Shangri-La Hotel overlooks the Marlin Marina, Trinity Bay and surrounding mountain ranges. This convenient inner-city location is just a short 10-minute drive to the Cairns International Airport, a 5-minute walk to the Cairns Convention Centre, and a short stroll to the Esplanade Lagoon, Pier Shopping Precinct and Great Barrier Reef Departure Terminal.
For more information about the venue please visit the web site of Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns.
2. Other accommodations
There are a great number of hotels and motels in Cairns city, which vary between okay and great. For more information, please visit the following websites:
The Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns is approximately 10 minutes by road from the Cairns International Airport. Taxis, minibuses, and limousine services can be found on the ground floor of the domestic and international arrival halls.
Tourism in Cairns
Cairns in Queensland, Australia is the only place in the world where two World Heritage-listed sites -- the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest -- lie side by side. In parts of the far north, the rainforest touches the reef, reaching right down to sandy beaches from which you can snorkel the reef. Cairns is the gateway to these natural attractions, as well as man-made tourist destinations such as the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. It's also a
stepping-stone to islands of the Great Barrier Reef and the grasslands of the Gulf Savannah.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system, composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 2,600 kilometers over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia. The Great Barrier Reef supports a wide diversity of life, and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. It was labeled as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust has named it a state icon of Queensland.
More information about Great Barrier Reef Day Tours can be found on the following websites
Great Barrier Reef Online
For more information about Cairns, please visit the website of Cairns and Region Convention Bureau
Cairns has a tropical climate with even, warm temperatures throughout the year. Temperatures range from 21C to 32C (69F to 89F) during the Oct-Jan summer months and 16C to 28C (61F to 82F) during the Jun-Sep winters. Rainfall is distributed evenly throughout the year. The latest weather information in Cairns and other cities in Australia can be found in the website of Bureau of Meteorology, Australia
All travelers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane; they cannot apply for a visa on arrival. The only exception is New Zealand and Norfolk Island passport holders who will be issued a visa on arrival in Australia and normally do not need to lodge a visa application prior to their departure, unless there are character or health concerns.
More Visa information are obtained from the website of Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Australia.
You can also contact the Australia overseas visa office in your country for further information.
The unit of money is the Australian Dollar (AU), made up of 100 cents. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls. 24-hour automated teller machines (ATMs) are widely available.
A currency converter is available here
Electricity in Australia is 220-240 volts AC. If you bring electrical appliances that use 110 volts instead, directly plugging them into an Australian socket will burn them out. Transformers are therefore required, and these are probably best bought abroad.
A lot of electronic devices with battery rechargers, such as laptops, handhelds, digital cameras and mobile phones, come with a transformer that works over 100 to 240 volts. In that case, you will simply need an adapter plug for Australian sockets.