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Traveling to Toronto for ICE 2007? Some travel tips.

Members of the worldwide coatings community will soon travel to Canada to participate in the major coatings event of the year. To be held October 3-5 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ICE 2007 combines the major North American coatings trade show, with a variety of intensive Preshow Short Courses and the industry's much anticipated global conference on environmentally friendly coatings--FutureCoat!.

Toronto provides an inspiring setting for "green" meetings and conventions. Recently ranked by Meetings and Conventions magazine as the "sixth greenest" among North American cities excelling in hosting green conventions, Toronto is dedicated to natural beauty. A forward-thinking city, Toronto has endless eco-friendly ways for visitors to spend their days. For suggestions on shopping, restaurants, and special events, visit www.torontotourism.com.

Traveling to Canada by Air

Toronto Pearson International Airport is Canada's principal airport, and ranks among the top 30 world airports in terms of passenger traffic and aircraft movements. Air carriers provide nonstop service to 26 Canadian and 43 United States (transborder) destinations as well as same-plane service to 56 other international cities.

FROM THE UNITED STATES: Canada has one of the most advanced customs organizations in the world. Visitors entering Canada must clear Canada Customs border security upon entry. Effective January 23, 2007, American visitors traveling by air require a valid passport to re-enter the United States. To assist, the Travel Industry Association and Travel Businesses Roundtable have created "Get a Passport Now," an easy-to-use website with advice on getting a passport and other travel tips. Visit www.getapassportnow.com for details.

Please note: the estimated length of time for acquiring a passport in the United States is 10-12 weeks from the date applied. Expedited service is currently estimated at two to three weeks.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS: Visitors from other countries can visit the Canadian Government website for more information (www.canada.gc/ca) or contact the Canadian embassy (www.canadianembassy.org), high commission or consulate responsible for their region.

TRAVELING WITHIN CANADA: For information on requirements for air travel within Canada, call Citizenship and Immigration Canada at 1.888.242.2100.

Traveling by Rail

VIA Rail (www.viarail.com) and AMTRAK (www.amtrak.com) bring visitors into the heart of Toronto each day. Toronto's Union Station is located centrally downtown and connects to the subway via the underground.

Traveling by Road

Several highways, including 2, 401, 407, and the Queen Elizabeth Way, link surrounding cities to Toronto. Nearest Canada-U.S. border crossing are at Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Windsor.

American visitors crossing the border by land (car, bus, train) do not require a passport to re-enter the United States at this time. The U.S. government will require passports crossing the border by land and sea beginning in 2008.

U.S. visitors may be asked to verify citizenship and should therefore carry at least one of the following documents: birth certificate, naturalization certificate, Green Card, or passport. Photo identification is also required, so visitors should carry their driver's license or other valid photo ID. For more information on travel security and border procedures. visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website at www.dhs.gov.

Whatever your travel choices, attending ICE 2007 in Toronto will guarantee access to the best the coatings industry has to offer in one of the world's most exciting, eco-friendly settings.
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