Cape Town, South Africa; photo credit: CL White, ASLM

Cape Town, South Africa; photo credit: CL White, ASLM

ASLM2016 Travel and Tourism Information

The information below aims to serve as a guide for local ASLM2016 travel and tourism information. Please direct additional questions to ASLM ([email protected]).

Conference attire is business casual for all days.

Conference Shuttles
All designated conference hotels are within walking distance of the CTICC. At this time shuttles are not planned between the conference hotels and the CTICC (conference venue).

Internet is readily available in Cape Town and at the CTICC. Please check with your hotel to determine if a fee is charged for internet services.

Please check with your hotel to confirm if breakfast is included in your nightly room rate. Morning and afternoon tea breaks will be provided during the conference and lunch will be available for purchase. In addition, there will be receptions with light food options at various times.

The local currency is the South African Rand. ATMs are available throughout the city including two in the CTICC. Please remember to advise your credit card and banking institutions that you will be travelling to South Africa. You should also plan to carefully review all banking statements and receipts to ensure accuracy.

Safety and Security
The Cape Town Travel Authority makes the following recommendations:

  • Do not walk alone after dark.
  • Only utilize accredited taxi services.
  • Do not allow a stranger to assist at an ATM.

For more information on ensuring a safe and enjoyable time in Cape Town, please follow this link: Cape Town Tourism – Visitor Safety.

Tipping (Gratuities)
In South Africa, it is standard to tip 10% in restaurants. Tables of over eight people often have an automatic service charge added to the bill. For airport porters, a tip of R5 to R10 per piece of luggage is acceptable.

For further Cape Town, South Africa travel information, please follow this link: Cape Town Tourism.

Travel and Transportation
Cape Town International Airport
One of the largest airports in Africa, Cape Town International Airport is close behind Johannesburg in terms of flights to South Africa, handling more than 8.2 million passengers each year on nearly 100,000 flights. Click here for additional information on Cape Town International Airport, including floor plans and maps.

Airport Transfers (Taxis)
The Cape Town International Airport offers several options to the city centre. Taxis are available in the arrivals parking lot and may cost approximately R150-R220 ($15-$25 USD) to the city centre depending on time of day and number of people. A taxi may take 20 minutes to an hour depending on traffic. Please note that Touch Down Taxis is the only authorized taxi company allowed to operate from the airport.

Car rental
Car rental companies represented at the airport include Hertz, Avis, National Alamo, Budget, Europcar and Tempest.

Transportation at ASLM2016
Conference hotels are within walking distance, and many conference properties offer a complimentary shuttle to the famed Victoria & Albert Waterfront district, featuring numerous dining and shopping options. ASLM does not offer shuttles to the CTICC (conference venue).

The current Value Added Tax (VAT) in South Africa is 14% and can be reclaimed at the Cape Town International Airport or at the Clock Tower Shopping Centre at the Victoria & Albert Waterfront.

December is summer in Cape Town, with an average temperature of 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit). However, Cape Town is known for its wind and changes in weather, so be sure to pack clothing you can layer to ensure you are prepared for all types of weather.