General Info

Convention Venue

Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi
2, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave
New Delhi, Delhi 110021

Register HERE

The prestigious Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi (5*) is one of New Delhi’s largest event venues and first choice for international conferences and meetings. Located in the diplomatic district in the very heart of the Indian capital, the hotel is only about 20 minutes’ drive from both the airport and the city centre.

Close to Delhi’s business district, the hotel offers modern business facilities seamlessly infused with epitomizing elements of exquisite Indian art. The hotel is a legendary food and wine connoisseur’s heaven. It is home to several multi-award-winning fine-dining restaurants specialising in Vietnamese, Continental-European and Indian cuisines.

Signature treatments drawn from ancient Indian traditions are available at the soothing Jiva Spa. Other facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool, yoga classes, and even a nine-hole chip & putt golf green.

BIR has pre-booked rooms at preferential rates for its delegates at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi. Participants should register online and also book their hotel room online via the BIR convention website by 31 August 2017 at the latest. After this date, accommodation at preferential rates cannot be guaranteed.

Convention Organiser Contact Details

BIR has appointed an external support team for convention registrations:

Katia Bultot
COLLOQUIUM
Avenue E. Van Nieuwenhuyse 6, 1160 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 777 0143
Fax: +32 2 779 5960
Email: bir@clq-group.com

Please make sure to always quote “BIR Convention” in all your communications.

Contact Details for Hotel Bookings

Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi 
2, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
Phone: +91 11 2611 0202
Contact persons:
Ankita Vinayak (tphconferences.del@tajhotels.com)
Vikash Sharma (Vikash.sharma@tajhotels.com)
Saloney Sagar (Saloney.sagar@tajhotels.com)

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Access

Price list for car rental

By plane:

Indira Gandhi International Airport serves as the primary civilian aviation hub for the National Capital Region of Delhi, India. The airport is situated in Palam, 15 km (9.3 mi) south-west of the New Delhi railway station and 16 km (9.9 mi) from New Delhi city centre. All major airlines from around the globe offer direct flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport. Once you are at the airport, you have several possibilities to reach the city centre.

• Train: The airport express Delhi Metro line connects the airport to central New Delhi. It operates from Terminal 3 between 5am and 11pm. Trains run at 20-minute intervals.

• Bus: Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses run every 30 minutes between the airport and central Delhi's Interstate Bus Terminal and Connaught Place. The buses can be found at the 'staging area' near Terminal 3 and opposite the Centaur Hotel. The free DIAL shuttle runs between the staging area and the terminal every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day. Bus fares from the airport cost between INR 25 and INR 100, depending on your destination.

• Airport taxis: Metered taxis are available at the airport but it is best to use pre-paid taxis. The airport has an arrangement with three taxi operators, Meru Cabs, Mega Cabs and Easy Cabs. Approved fares for various locations are displayed at the taxi counters located inside the Arrivals halls. Pick-up points are just outside the terminals. Travel time to the city is around 20 minutes.

Fleets of metered taxis, auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws clog the streets of Delhi providing transport for locals and visitors. Rates fluctuate, but drivers should have rate charts available and tourists should ensure the meter is reset, or a price negotiated before departure.

Price list for car rental

Practical Information

Welcome to New Delhi! India's capital city and a major gateway to the country’s cultural and economic treasures. Contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, a vibrant city with a cosmopolitan culture which successfully combines in its folds the ancient with the modern.  

Delhi has something for everyone who wishes to experience India’s culture and way of life - the energy and colour of the thronged bazaars and Mughal architecture of Old Delhi, contrast with the formal splendour of New Delhi.

Key features for New Delhi 2017 include: 

  • The convention programme will cover increasingly relevant topics on ferrous and non-ferrous metals, paper, textiles, stainless steel, plastics, tyres and e-scrap
  • Extensive trading and business opportunities on the event’s Trading Floor, Networking Lounge and in the international exhibition
  • An mesmerising Welcome Evening in the lush gardens of the Taj Palace Hotel for the celebration of Diwali - the Festival of Lights - with a lamp lighting ceremony and festive food.
  • NEW! Even more opportunities for direct business in an informal environment at our Traders Bar, located in the heart of the exhibition

Banks, currency and exchange

Banking Hours: Generally 09.00 – 16.30 Mondays to Fridays (some banks/branches operate extended hours); 09.00 – 12.00 Saturdays (selected branches only).

Currency: The currency is the Indian Rupee (INR), which is divided into 100 Paise (singular Paisa). Major currencies can be changed at banks and authorised bureaux de change. It is illegal to exchange money through the black market and it is advisable to refuse torn notes, as no one will accept them apart from the National Bank. It is best to change money into small denominations. Major credit cards are widely accepted, particularly in tourist-oriented establishments. ATMs are not generally available.

Exchange: The market rate exchange to the EUR and the USD fluctuates marginally. Banks and money changers charge commission. Similarly, commissions are payable in hotels and major retail outlets which provide exchange facilities for their customers. 

Climate

The best time to visit Delhi is in October and November, or in February and March, when the nights are cool and the days filled with mellow sunshine. The average temperature in October is a hot 25°C, reaching highs of 31°C in the peak of the day. At night temperatures dip to 19°C on average, perfect for evenings out in the bustling city.

Electricity

230 volts, 50Hz. A variety of power outlets are used in India, but most plugs have two or three round pins. Therefore, please foresee an adapter plug.

Telephone Communications

The international access code for India is +91. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)11 for Delhi. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. International calls can be quite expensive and there are often high surcharges on calls made from hotels; it is cheaper to use a calling card.

Emergency Numbers: 100 (Police); 101 (Ambulance); 102 (Fire)

Shops

The shops generally open from 11.00 to 20/21.00 daily.  

Khan Market is Delhi's most upmarket shopping enclave. Its boutiques focus on fashion, books and homewares, and it is also a good place to eat and drink.

Central Cottage Industries Emporium: This government-run multilevel store is a wonderful treasure trove of fixed-price, India-wide handicrafts. Prices are higher than in the state emporiums, but the selection of woodcarvings, jewelry, pottery, papier mâché, stationery, brassware, textiles (including shawls), toys, rugs, beauty products and miniature paintings makes it a glorious one-stop shop for beautiful crafts. Downstairs there's the Smoothie Factory cafe.

Mehar Chand Market : Across the road from the government housing of the Lodi Colony, this is a long strip of small boutiques selling homewares and clothes.

Time

New Delhi Time zone is UTC/GMT + 5.5 hours

Tipping

While India culturally does not have a strong tipping tradition, in most of the tourist towns tips are expected and frowned upon when not offered at all.

Restaurants in Delhi and Mumbai often charge a ‘service charge’, not to be confused with ‘service tax’ (which is a government levied tax). When a ‘service charge’ is levied no tip is expected. On bill amounts ranging between INR 300 to INR 1000, you can tip around 7% to 10% of bill amount.

Visa

All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document in the form of a national passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. You must check your visa requirements and further information with any Indian embassy or consulate.
INVITATION LETTER FOR VISA APPLICATIONS

International participants may need a letter of invitation from the convention organisers in order to obtain a visa for entry into India. The organisers will not be able to contact or intervene with any Indian embassy or consulate office abroad on your behalf. This procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the 2017 World Recycling Convention & Exhibition and is not an official invitation covering fees and/or any other expenses or financial support from the convention.

MINISTRY CLEARANCES FOR VISA APPLICATIONS
Indian Ministry of Home Affairs Clearance
Indian Ministry of External Affairs Clearance
Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Please start the visa application process as early as possible and at least six weeks prior to your departure. The organisers are not to be held responsible for the outcome of your visa application.

When you are registering, please tick the appropriate box to indicate that you require an official letter of invitation. Passport number, date and place of issue and expiry date will need to be filled. You will receive your official letter of invitation automatically by email within a week after receiving your payment.

Important: BIR declines any responsibility in case a participant does not obtain his/her visa in due time. Should a delegate cancel his/her registration/hotel reservation because a visa has not been granted, the delegate will be bound by the convention registration terms and conditions. We recommend that delegates subscribe to an insurance covering any possible cancellation charges of their trip.

Services at the Convention

Registration Desk

Opening hours:

Friday, 13 October 2017          14.00 to 18.00
Saturday, 14 October 2017      08.30 to 18.30
Sunday, 15 October 2017        08.30 to 18.30
Monday, 16 October 2017       08.30 to 16.30 

 

Upon arrival at the BIR convention registration desk, all registered delegates will receive their badge, invitation cards and ordered tickets, as well as the final programme of the convention and a list of all registered participants.

Access to the Convention, Exhibition and Networking Area

Registered delegates and guests must wear their badge at all times. Access to all meetings, exhibition & networking areas, plenary sessions, luncheons and social events is restricted to registered delegates and guests wearing their badge and showing the relevant invitation cards or tickets.

For security reasons, badges are strictly personal and will include a photograph on the badge holder.

Registered delegates and guests are kindly requested to always carry a photo ID or a copy of their passport.

YOUR BADGE IS YOUR PASSPORT TO THE CONVENTION! 

Lost badges and tickets will not be replaced and will imply new registration.

SUPPORT BIR BECAUSE BIR SUPPORTS YOUR BUSINESS 

BIR strongly advises against doing business with non-registered individuals. Knowing your customers avoids bad surprises. Registered delegates are directly supporting the global recycling industry, as all BIR convention profits are reinvested in BIR’s policy, lobbying and research work to enhance membership service. 

By registering to BIR conventions you are supporting the future of the international recycling industry.

List of Participants

A list of participants (registered by 1 October 2017) is provided to all registered delegates in order to help identify potential business partners (including delegates’ names, company names, division codes and mobile phone number when authorised by the delegate). An additional list of late registrants is available at the convention registration desk.

Registered BIR Gold Members will have regular priority access to the updated list of participants as from 15 September 2017. As from 25 September 2017, all registered BIR Members will have access to this list.

Simultaneous Interpreting

Simultaneous interpreting in English , French, and German will be provided during all plenary sessions. All other meetings and workshops will be held in English only.

Divisional Luncheons

One divisional luncheon ticket per day is included in the delegate’s registration fee. Please indicate the day of your required luncheon(s) by checking the appropriate box on the registration form.

Complimentary coffee/tea and cash-bars

Complimentary coffee and tea will be served and a full cash-bar will be available in the exhibition and networking area (for opening hours see Provisional Schedule of Meetings ).

BIR Gold Members

Delegates representing BIR Gold Member companies benefit from special discounted registration fees (20% discount as from the 3rd registered delegate) and priority access to the list of participants (as from 1 September 2017 for registered BIR Gold Members).

They also have exclusive access to the Gold Member Lounge (open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, accompanied by max. one non-Gold Member delegate) with complimentary coffee/tea, secretarial facilities and Internet access. For full details on Gold Membership privileges, please visit the BIR website www.bir.org or contact Raïssa Wolteche at the BIR Secretariat (rwolteche@bir.org).

Young Traders

Young executives (up to the age of 35) of BIR members companies can participate in BIR conventions at a reduced fee. A Young Trader may participate in all commodity and trading sessions and is entitled to take part in the Young Traders Networking Evening (at an additional fee), which represents an excellent networking opportunity. Please note that a passport copy must be provided when registering as Young Trader.

Press

Registered journalists will have access to telephone and Internet facilities in the BIR press room . In addition, a press table will be available in the networking area for the trade press to display their publications. Commercial advertising is not permitted on the press table.

Conditions of attendance

The convention is only accessible to fully registered delegates representing member companies and national associations affiliated to BIR, which have paid their 2017 annual membership dues to BIR, as well as to special guests and Observers (subject to conditions).

Membership within a national federation affiliated to BIR does not automatically entitle a company to register delegates to the convention at the reduced BIR member conditions, apart from members of the host country’s national associations ANMA, IICA, and MRAI.

“Observer” registration status can be granted to representatives from non-BIR-member companies for a maximum of 1 convention. After that, every observer needs to make sure that his/her company joins BIR as a member in order for him/her to attend any future conventions. Please note that for new members to be able to register to the BIR 2017 Hong Kong Convention, their membership applications must be submitted by 15 September 2017 at the latest.

The non-member fee will be charged if the membership status is not valid at the date of registration.

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