Annual Meeting General Information

Meeting Location
The 76th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology will take place at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.  The Grand America Hotel is conveniently located just 10 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport. Framed by the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountain Ranges, the Grand America is situated on 10 landscaped acres in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, light rail, nightlife, cultural, and sporting events.

Group rates have been secured at the Grand America Hotel for SVP 2016 meeting attendees at discounted rates. Reservation and contact information will be provided in the first circular and posted on this site in March 2016.

General Information
Banking and Foreign Exchange
The official currency in the United States is US Dollars. The US Dollar ($) is divided into 100 cents; notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1. Banking hours in the United States are generally Monday through Friday, 09:00 – 17:00. A few banks are open on Saturdays as well. You can withdraw money from ATM bank machines using your credit card and make purchases in stores and restaurants. Signs display accepted credit cards or you can ask the retailer. Check with your local financial institution to verify if you are able to use your home bank card or credit card prior to travel.

Climate
The climate of the Salt Lake City area is generally subhumid, not semi-arid as often claimed. In October, the average rainfall is 1.6 inches and average temperature is 41-61 Fahrenheit (5-16 Celsius).

Dialing Codes
The International access code for the United States is 1. The area code in Salt Lake City are 801 and 385. While in the United States, you can call the directory information service number 411 for assistance in finding a phone number. Calls to area codes 800, 877, and 866 are toll-free in the United States. To make an international call, dial 011 followed by the country code, city code, and telephone number.

Eating Out
From great American classics to dining options from every corner of the world, visitors will find exactly what their tastebuds are craving for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Use this guide to find exactly what you are looking for.

Electricity
Voltage in the United States is 120 voltage (60 HZ). Outlet sockets use either a Type A plug which is a class II ungrounded plug with two flat parallel prongs, or a Type B plug which is a class I plug with two flat parallel prongs and a grounding pin.

Language
The official language of the meeting is English.  Translation service will not be provided.

Letters of Invitation
For security purposes, letters of invitation can only be sent to individuals registered for the Meeting.  To request a letter of invitation please contact meetings@vertpaleo.org.

Name Badge
The SVP badge must be worn at all times for admission to the scientific sessions, exhibits, and social events.

Smoking Policy
Grand America Hotel is a smoke-free property.  Smoking is not allowed in the hotel.

Tax
The current total sales tax rate in Salt Lake City, Utah is 6.850%.

Tipping
Restaurant prices do not generally include a service charge, unless dining with a large group. It is customary to leave a tip of 15-20%.

Transportation to Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City International Airport is one of the West's major hubs, served by 10 airlines and their affiliates offering over 650 scheduled flights per day. It is also closer to the city it serves than nearly any other airport—only ten minutes from downtown.  Salt Lake City International Airport offers ground transportation options for all types of passengers. Traditional ground transportation, limousines, hotel shuttles, and transportation network companies (TNCs) service the airport.

SVP has partnered with United and Delta to provide SVP meeting attendees discounted fares for travel to Salt Lake City.  Check out Travel Discounts page for more information.

Transportation in Salt Lake City
Transportation in Salt Lake City consists of a wide network of roads, an extensive bus system, a light rail system, and a recently introduced commuter rail line. Beginning April 15, 2013 the Utah Transit Authority offers Trax Light-Rail service from the Airport to downtown Salt Lake. Riders can board at the station and Welcome Center just outside terminal one. Fare is $2.50 and trains run every 15 minutes. Weekday service begins at 5:30 am and runs until 11:30 pm. Find out more about Salt Lake's public transportation, including schedules and maps, at rideuta.com. Check out some helpful information about transportation by clicking here.

Visa
Please visit the International Visitors Office website at http://www.nationalacademies.org/visas for information. Travelers are advised to apply for a visa as early as possible.  Please check with your local U.S. consulate or embassy to find out the earliest that you may apply for a visa www.usembassy.gov/.

Visitor’s Information
To learn more about Salt Lake City and its “hot spots”, please visit http://www.visitsaltlake.com/. While at the meeting, you may also visit the Concierge Desk at the Grand America Hotel for information on tours, restaurants, and attractions.