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General information: Melbourne and Australia

Melbourne - the second most populous city in Australia - is a welcoming and cosmopolitan city on the south-east coast of Australia. As one of the Southern hemisphere's most developed health providers, Melbourne is a beacon of medical research and innovation. Australia and Melbourne also play a leading role in delivering cardiology services throughout Australasia; whether this is part of research through the University of Melbourne or services through one of the many teaching hospitals, cardiology has become a byword for expertise in Australia. Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and tobacco cessation are just two areas where Australia leads the international health community.

ACCESS
Melbourne Airport is the gateway to southern Australia with an average of 635 international flights operating every week to and from major destinations. 27 international carriers currently operate direct services to Melbourne.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS
All travellers to Australia, other than Australian and New Zealand citizens, are required to obtain a Visa to travel to Australia. The Business Visa allows people attending conferences and meetings in Australia to make a short visit of up to three months. If the country your passport represents has ETA Buisness access, you can obtain it very easily at the same time as you book your flights. The average processing time for visa can be accessed here.
For more information, visit www.immi.gov.au

OFFICIAL AIRLINE OF WCC
Emirates is the official partner airline of WCC 2014. All international delegates traveling to Melbourne for WCC 2014 with Emirates can benefit from a special discount. Click here for further information.

LANGUAGE
English is the official language in Australia as well as for the World Congress of Cardiology Scientific Sessions.

GOING AROUND THE CITY
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center is conveniently located in the heart of the city and easily accessible walking or by public transport. Many hotels are located within walking distance from the congress center. Melbourne public transportation system as well as taxis are safe and convenient.
Download the city map here.

CLIMATE
Melbourne's climate is temperate and variable with no great extremes and one of the lowest rainfall levels in Australia. Temperatures in May should be approximately 9 to 17°C.

CURRENCY
The currency in Australia  is the Australian Dollar (AUD). Major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Australian venues and for payment of services, and may also be accepted in Automatic Teller Machines (ATM).

LOCAL TIME
Australian Eastern Standard Time is GMT plus 10 hours. Daylight Saving Time is Sunday 7 October 2012 to Sunday 7 April 2013.

DISCOVER MELBOURNE AND THE REGION
A variety of pre and post congress tours have been selected for delegates to enjoy. View and book your excursions here.

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Pre and post congress tours have been selected for delegates to enjoy. View and book your excursions here

More information about Melbourne

For more information about Melbourne, visit the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center website or download the tourist guide and the "free Melbourne" guide.
Download the Melbourne guide in Chinese here

Discover Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center:
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WCC 2014 is organized by the World Heart Federation and co-hosted by: