Practical and Joining Information

With a population of about 1.5 million people, Lomé  is the capital and largest city of Togo.  Sitting on the Gulf of Guinea, Lomé is the country's administrative and industrial center and its chief port.  Famous for the friendliness of its people and the beauty of its countryside, it is situated between the lagoon in the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the south, the village of Bè in the east and the border of Aflao, Ghana in the West. 

As in most equatorial climates, the city has two rainy seasons, the first starts in April and ends in July, then a second rainy season starts in early September and ends in late November.  The heat is constant, the average maximum temperature in the shade is on average 30 °C (86.0 °F) in the afternoon, and the average minimum temperature is 23 °C (73.4 °F) in the morning.   The climate of Lomé is also greatly influenced by the ocean.  The heat is stable, without excessive peaks, and the wind coming from the sea, makes it quite pleasant.

Currency
The currency in Togo is Franc CFA (code: XOF). At current exchange rates, 1 US$ is approximately 480 FCFA and 1 € is approximately 655 FCFA.

ATMs are available in most banks and in some hotels. Banks are open weekdays from 08:00am to 04:00pm.

Travel
Arrival by air will be at Gnassingbé Eyadéma International Airport.  Taxi fare to most of the hotels is about 5,000 FCFA (about 10 US).

Visa
Visa is not required for ECOWAS citizens. For others, visa can be delivered on arrival for a stay up to 7 days (can be extended if needed). However, it is recommended that you apply for a visa at the Togolese embassy or Consulate if there is one in your country of residence.

The visa fee is varies from about 30 to 40 € (depends on country of origin).

Please contact conf2014@wacren.net if you have any query, especially on visa issues.

Medical requirements
An international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required.

Conference and AGM venue
Both the conference and the AGM will be held at Hôtel Novela Star - http://www.hotelnovelastar.com

Accommodation
There are many hotels in Lomé. Some of the options for accommodation include:

1.Hôtel Novela Star
Tel: (+228) 22 71 00 08
Email : reservation@hotelnovelastar.com
Web : http://www.hotelnovelastar.com
Room rate : 31,000 FCFA 

2. Hôtel Eda Oba
Boulevard Gnassingbé Eyadéma, face Lycée de Tokoin
Tel : +228 22201818 / 22207576 / 22227090
Web: http://www.edaoba.com/
Rate for standard room : 70,000 FCFA

3. Hôtel Sarakawa
Boulevard Du Mono (10 mn by car from the conference venue)
Tel. : +228 22 27 65 90
Web : http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-2102-hotel-mercure-lome-sarakawa/index.shtml
Rate for standard room: 118,300 FCFA

4. Hôtel Saint Thomas
3, Boulevard de la Paix (10 mn walking distance from the conference venue)
Tel. : +228 22 21 51 99 / 22 21 87 05 / 22 21 81 75
Room rate: from 36,000 FCFA to 51,000 FCFA
Free wifi.

5. Hôtel Excellence
Rue des Hydrocarbures (10 mn walking distance from the conference venue)
Quartier de Tokoin Soted
Tel : +228 22221101 / 2221105
Room rate: from 25,000 FCFA to 55,000 FCFA

For participants who have booked in the listed hotels different from Hotel Novela Star and wish to stay there,  a bus will be available to transport them to Hotel Novela Star in the morning and back in the evening.

Please inform the Organizing Committee if this applies to you.