IREC 2015 will be organized in El Mouradi Palace 5* hotel, Sousse, Tunisia
HOTEL RATES FOR EXTRAS: Special offer for IREC 2015
Supplement for single room: 15€ (30DT) per night
Accompanying person: 50€ (100DT) per night in double room (shared with another person) with full accommodation.
Conference extra night: 65€ (130DT) per night in single room with full accommodation.
Discounts : */ 3rd and 4th Person in the same room : 30%
*/ Children (2 to 12 years) in the parents' room: 50%
*/ Children (2 to 12 years) in a separate room (at least two children) : 30%
Sousse, one of the first tourist centres in the country, still keeps all its charm thanks to its privileged climate, to the vegetation of its exuberant gardens, to its beaches of sand and to the quality of its hotel facilities. Go down into the streets of the Medina, surrounded by imposing walls that shelter the teeming bazaars, and, from the same fortification, admire the beautiful views of the city and the sea.
How to reach Tunisia
Tunisia has 9 international airports. The major airports are:
Monastir International Airport (MIE) : The nearest airport to the venue (about 20 minutes by taxi)
How to travel from airport Tunis to the venue
by a tourist taxi called "Grand Taxi"
by train: From the Tunis international airport take a taxi to the Tunis train station (about 9 km), Then take the train from Tunis to Kalaa Sghira train station (SNCFT). Finally, take a taxi directly to the Hotel (about 9km). The journey cost about 10€.
General Information about Tunisia:
Tunisia is a progressive Muslim North African country. It has several influences from Europe, due to the large and important industry of Tourism. Tunisians are eager to please, and are known for being very kind and welcoming. The majority of the population will speak some level of French. It is very useful if you learn a few french phrases before arriving. A much smaller percentage can speak English.
Tunisia is easy to navigate, whether you are renting a car, or taking a bus or train. Tunisians are always glad to help travelers out with timetables and directions.
Vaccinations & Health:
No vaccinations are necessary to enter Tunisia. Please consult your doctor for up to date information.
Bottled water is highly recommended over tap water due to its high-level of minerals.
In each major city (Tunis, Sousse, Nabeul, Hammamet, Tozeur, etc) you will find an ONTT (National Tunisia Tourism Office) branch office. These offices are open during regular working hours, as well as Saturdays and Sundays. They can help you with any information you need, excluding tour and excursion information.
Fire Department: 198
Where & What to Buy:
What to Buy:
Tunisia's artisan work is exquisite and full of quality. Of the items you can find in Tunisia, here are some of the most popular:
- Carpets (berber style and arab style)
- Ceramics and pottery
- Bird Cages
- Olive woodwork
- Leather (shoes, wallets, belts, etc)
Where to Buy:
- Gabes: Henna
- Guellala, Djerba: Pottery
- Kairouan: Carpets and Makrouds (a sweet delicacy covered with honey and filled with dates)
- Tabarka: Coral
- Nabeul: Pottery and Orange flowers
- Tozeur: Dates and Palm-tree straw hats and bags
In each city there is a SOCOPA store that is managed by the ONAT (National Office of Tunisian Artisanwork) and has fixed labeled prices on all products.
Many of the goods can also be found in the souks, medinas, and center-towns across Tunisia.
230 V and 50 Hz
Electrical plugs type C and E (same round plugs like in Western Europe.)
Make sure to bring a converter for your hair-dryer and other powerful electronics.
Climate & Weather:
Tunisia's Mediterranean climate means that it is a beautiful land of constant sunshine and warm waters, with gentle sea breezes. Summers are warm and dry, while winters are wetter, and the inland regions tend to experience higher temperatures in summer and more rain in winter, with the cooler season falling between October and May. July and August are the height of summer and so a more comfortable time for travelling to Tunisia is in the cooler months, where temperatures range between 54°F and 82°F (12°C and 28°C). The capital city, Tunis, experiences an average temperature range of 43°F to 57°F (6°C to 14°C) in January, to between 70°F and 91°F (21°C and 33°C) in August. March to May (spring) brings a gorgeous display of wild flowers spread throughout the countryside.
Tunisia is at UTC/GMT +1. Check time and date.com for further information about time zones.