Global Travelers

Welcome! We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City, Utah!

At AMCIS 2020 you will have the opportunity to meet like-minded professionals from across the world and exchange information and insights, discuss research opportunities and learn about the research of others.

Event Basics

Here are a few details you may want to know prior to registering for the conference or before coming to the United States.

  • Venue

    The conference will be held at the Grand America Hotel. Click here for more information on the hotel or to make a reservation.

  • Language

    Sessions at the event are conducted in English.

  • Weather

    In August, Salt Lake City has average highs of 91°F (33°C) and average lows of 64°F (18°C). Prior to traveling for the conference, you may wish to check the Salt Lake City 10-day weather forecast.

  • Travel Discounts & Hotel Accomodations

    You will need to book a hotel room with the Grand America. A negotiated rate has been established for the conference. To book a room with the AIS room rate click here (link coming soon).

  • Salt Lake City Highlights

    Salt Lake City provides all the landmark establishments, high-rated dining and nightlife, mass transit, creative culture, urban edginess and local events you expect to find in a thriving metro area, with the convenience and affordability of a place that hasn’t been discovered by the masses. As one of the earliest settlements in the western United States — which was then, still very much the Wild West seen in the movies — it has a uniquely historic feel compared to other western capital cities. Salt Lake City makes a great gateway for travelers making a trip to Utah’s ski resorts or southward to Utah’s renowned red rock country.  – Visit Utah

    Tourist Attractions

  • Time

    Salt Lake City is in the Mountain Time Zone.  The time in August is -6:00h GMT

  • Electricity

    The United States uses 120V, 60 Hz AC power.

  • Telephone

    The United States’ country code: +1
    LOCAL area code: (801)
    U.S. telephone numbers have 10 digits total, which includes the area code and a seven-digit phone number (e.g., (XXX) XXX-XXXX)

  • Internet Access

    Most hotels offer high-speed Internet connections either in the room or on public areas within the hotel. Some access requires a fee. Ask the hotel staff if you are unsure.

  • Emergencies

    Dial  911 from most phones. Some hotel phones may require an additional number. Please see the phone or hotel for specific instructions.

Cultural Nuances

If you are not familiar with the United States culture you may want to become familiar with them prior to traveling.

  • Attire

    Attire at AIS Conferences is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort ranges may vary, a light sweater or jacket is recommended.

    Here is an article, with illustration, on what business casual is in the United States.

  • Tipping

    Tipping in the United States is customary. A 15% to 20% tip is usually expected in restaurants. Click here for information on tipping other service providers

  • The Handshake

    If you are unsure or uncomfortable with shaking hands in the U.S. click here for advice.


To help you with your travel arrangements, below are links to important information regarding visa invitation letters, visas, and other resources.

  • Visa Invitation Letters

    Once the conference registration form opens you may complete your conference registration, and then complete the Invitation Letter Request Form – check back for AMCIS 2020 link. After completing both, please email the completed request form to the AIS Registrar at or fax to +1 (404) 240-0998.

    Please Note: Prior to receiving a letter of invitation you will need to complete and pay for your conference registration. As Visa requests can take several weeks, registrants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Letter of Invitation no later than two months prior to the conference.

  • Visa Information

    The U.S. government requires residents of many countries to obtain a temporary visa before entering the United States. Recent changes to the visa application process may have increased the length of time required to receive your visa. It is very important to apply for a visa at least 90 days prior to departure. For information on U.S. visa policies and procedures, visit

  • Visa Waiver Program

    The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

    In order to travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding an approved U.S. bound air or sea carrier. ESTA is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) automated web-based system to determine eligibility to travel without a visa to the United States for tourism or business. VWP travels must also have the correct type of passport.

    To obtain a complete list of exempt countries and learn more, visit the Visa Waiver Program website at .