2018 Americas Regional Meeting
Cleveland, Ohio, 5 Oct 2018 - 7 Oct 2018

Pre–Arrival Information

Climate – Early October
Daily low temperatures decrease by 10°F (-12°C), from 65°F (19°C) to 55°F (12°C), rarely falling below 45°F (7°C )or exceeding 72°F (22°C).  A light jacket and raincoat is recommended.  
Humidity comfort level is based on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Cleveland is very rapidly decreasing during October, falling from 30% to 5% over the course of the month.
For up to date weather please refer to The Weather Channel.

From Cleveland Hopkins International Airport – To Westin Downtown Cleveland
There are a number of different taxi companies providing service at the airport. Follow signs to ‘Ground Transportation’. The fee will be approximately $35 to the hotel.  A 10-15% tip is customary.

Shima Limousine

Travel Time: 15-30 minutes
Contact: (440) 918-6400 or toll-fee (888) 546-6288; or info@shimalimo.com
Reservation required and should be made at least 24 hours in advance. The approximate fee including tax and gratuity ranges between $50 - $65 depending on the type of vehicle selected.

Cleveland Hopkin is an Uber friendly airport.  Download the Uber app and make your trip request.  Follow signs to ‘Ground Transportation’ and then the sign for ‘Rideshare Services’

Airport Address:                    Hotel Address:
Cleveland Hopkins                Westin Downtown
5300 Riverside Dr.                777 St Clair Ave NE,
Cleveland, OH 44135           Cleveland, OH 44114   

Conference Dress Code
•    Cocktails/Dinner – Friday - Westin – Smart/Casual
•    Business Meeting: Business Casual/Jeans
•    Accompanying Persons: Casual
•    Cocktails/Dinner – Saturday- Rock Hall of Fame – Casual/Jeans
•    Outside: Light jacket

The currency in Cleveland, Ohio is the United States Dollar (USD). All other major currencies may be exchanged at the airport and/or at local banking institutions.

All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops & restaurants. Debit cash dispensing machines are also available. Currency exchanges are not available at the hotel and must be conducted at the airport or a bank. 

Sales Tax
Sales tax of 8.00% will be added to the purchase of various goods and services.

Tipping is optional but encouraged at restaurants, bars and some services such as taxis.  Generally a tip can vary between 15% to 20%.  Depending on the restaurant and group size, gratuity (tip) may be already added so pay close attention to the final bill. 

Time Zone
Like most states in the USA, Daylight-Saving Time ( DST ) is observed in Ohio , where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour to Eastern Daylight Time ( EDT );  which is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time ( GMT-4 ).
After the Summer months the time in Ohio is shifted back by 1 hour to US Eastern Standard Time (EST) or (GMT-5).

Electric Current
United States electrical power is standardized with type a (2 pin) or type b (3 pin) sockets outputting 110 volts AC at 60 cycles. You may want to bring a converter in order to change the voltage from 110 volts to the European standard of 220 volts.

English is the national language.  America is a melting pot of various cultures and nationalities.  Spanish and French are also widely used in informal conversations.

Central emergency number: 911

Places to Visit in Cleveland Ohio:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame                 
Museum of Contemporary Art
Cleveland Art Museum                        
Westside Market
Greater Cleveland Aquarium              
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Great Lakes Science Center              
Playhouse Square
Cleveland Museum of Natural History 
Severance Hall
Jack Cleveland Casino                       
Lake View Cemetery
NASA Glenn Visitors Center               
Wade Memorial Chapel
Cleveland Cultural Gardens               

Rockefeller Park & Greenhouse

Optional Sunday Activities at delegates own cost
Golf at Firestone Country Club
Play where the pros play at Firestone Country Club, on the outskirts of Akron. They offer 54 of the finest holes of golf in the country, with three legendary courses and a rich, timeless history.
Contact Delegate, Ron Kopp for details – rkopp@ralaw.com

Cleveland Browns Football Game
Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens – 1:00 p.m.
The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division. The Browns play their home games at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Contact Delegate, Terry Link for details – tlink@ralaw.com

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Bike or Hike the Trails, Ride the Rails!
Ride your rented bike along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in one direction and ride the train back in the other!
Contact Delegate, Terry Link for details – tlink@ralaw.com

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens
The estate was built between 1912 and 1915 for F. A. Seiberling, co-founder of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, and his wife, Gertrude Penfield Seiberling. They named their "American Country Estate" Stan Hywet, loosely translated from Old English meaning "stone quarry" or "stone hewn," to reflect the site's earlier use and the abandoned stone quarries located on the grounds of the estate. Tour the beautiful estate and exquisite gardens.
Contact Delegate, Ron Kopp for details – rkopp@ralaw.com

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