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Welcome! We are looking forward to seeing you in Las Vegas this summer!

At IFT17, you will have the opportunity to meet food professionals and industry leaders from more than 90 countries to exchange information and insights, discuss business opportunities, and learn about the newest trends and innovations in the science of food. Plus, you can see, touch, taste, and experience the newest products from more than 1,000 exhibiting companies from over 40 countries. IFT17 is truly the best way to experience the world of food!

Event Basics

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  • Electricity

    Voltage 120, frequency 60 Hz. Adaptors that may be required are two flat blades or two flat blades with a round grounding pin.

  • Etiquette

    Become familiar with American etiquette for private, public, and business interactions.

    Casino Etiquette
    It is best to avoid bringing personal electronic items into the casino. Hotel security is always on the lookout for photography and video of casino machines and tables and will quickly remove persons doing so. All players must be at least 21 years old - no exceptions.

    Tipping
    Tipping in the United States is customary. A 15% to 20% tip is usually expected in restaurants, taxis, and for services you receive.

    Smoking Etiquette
    Generally speaking, smoking is permitted on the casino floor at most resorts, in some guest rooms and in bars that don't serve food. It is not permitted in public areas such as restaurants, hotel lobbies, the Las Vegas Convention Center concourse areas, or McCarran International Airport.

  • Exchange Rate

    Help plan your trip by checking the current exchange rate of your currency to U.S. dollars.

  • Health & Safety

    You are in a desert, and your body will need fluids, especially in the summer months. Carry a bottle of water, and be sure to bring sunscreen.

    The high-concentration areas of Las Vegas are among the safest places for visitors in the world. Security is tight, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take the same precautions that you would at home. Be aware of your surroundings and stay away from threatening situations. If gaming, keep an eye on your purse, change bucket or chips. If there is an incident, police and security personnel are generally highly visible.

  • Business Hours

    Standard business hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Language & Time Zone

    Sessions at the event are conducted in English.

    Las Vegas is in the Pacific Time Zone. In June, the Pacific Time Zone is -8h UTC/GMT.

  • Phone & Internet

    Hotels offer high-speed Internet connections.

    Telephone Calls:

    • U.S. country code: +1
    • Las Vegas area code: (702) for most hotels and businesses and (725) the new area code.
    • U.S. telephone numbers have ten digits total, which includes the area code and a seven digit phone number (e.g., 312.555.1234)
    • To make a call, dial “1,” then the area code, and then the seven-digit number
    • To call internationally from Las Vegas, dial "011," then the country code, then the area code, and then the number
  • Visas

    To help you with your travel arrangements, below are links to important information regarding visa invitation letters, visas, and other resources. If you will be traveling on an immigrant or non-immigrant visa from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, please also be sure to review the section below titled “Information Regarding the Immigration and Visas Executive Order” for additional travel information.

    Visa Invitation Letters
    During the online registration process you will have the opportunity to request a Visa Invitation Letter. You must register to attend IFT17 in order to receive an official visa invitation letter.

    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 travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html.

    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 travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/visit/visa-waiver-program.html.
    If you have specific questions in the meantime, please contact us.

  • Information Regarding the U.S. Immigration and Visas Executive Order

    IFT is committed to ensuring our foreign attendees have all the information needed when planning their trip to IFT17.  In light of the Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017 by the President, we will closely monitor any new information and update our attendees as we receive it.  Please continue to check back.

    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Division has created a web page with information that directly relates to this executive order as well as a Questions and Answers section.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection is updating this page regularly so please continue to check back.

    As of February 6, 2017, the President’s Executive Order has been suspended in accordance with the Court’s ruling.  Standard policies and procedures are back in place.  IFT will continue to monitor the status of the Executive Order and update this page as needed.

At IFT17 you will be inspired, refueled and ready to tackle complex challenges with a renewed sense of purpose and confidence. Intensive scientific sessions, preeminent guest speakers, access to the latest products and trends, networking and social activities all await you at IFT17.