World Congress III will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 25-28 November 2008 at the RioCentro Conference Centre – the largest convention and exhibition centre in South America. 130 country delegations and up to 3000 participants, including youth delegates are expected to attend.
Riocentro is located in Barra da Tijuca, an expanding neighbourhood, with large shopping malls, restaurants and beaches. Several routes provide direct access to the Centre from many points in the city.
International Airport - Riocentro: 40 minutes
Santos Dumont Airport - Riocentro: 35 minutes
Jacarepaguá Airport - Riocentro: 8 minutes
Safety and Security
As in any city, the key to an uneventful stay is to be aware of your surroundings and to limit the number of items such as passport, cash and valuables you carry on you. The Rio de Janeiro military police and the municipal guard corps have stations and reporting centers and your hotel front desk should always be available for guidance and assistance.
Information about hotels in the area will be provided at a later date.
Rio de Janeiro has an extensive public transportation system, with buses, taxis and the subway available from early in the day until late at night.
The Brazilian currency is the Real (R$); there are 100 centavos in one Real. Coins issued by the government are either bronze for 1 centavo, silver for 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos and a nickel and bronze coin for R$1. R$1, R$2, R$5, R$10, R$20 R$50 and R$100 are the denominations of the notes.
Banks and exchange bureaux charge a commission on exchange transactions, which the visitor should check beforehand. Money changers are obliged by law to display net rates of exchange. Receipt notes must be issued by law; it is advisable to keep these until after leaving the country.
Weather and Climate
Rio de Janeiro has a typical tropical climate, so expect some rain and humidity. Summer (December to March) is hot, with temperatures ranging from 25°C (77°F) to a scorching 40°C (104°F). It can also be quite muggy; there are more showers in summer than at other times, but they rarely last long. Winter temperatures range from around 20°C (68°F) to 30°C (86°F).
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About RIOCENTRO Conference Centre: http://www.riocentro.com.br/