General Information

ABRF 2018 Annual Meeting Location

The ABRF 2018 Annual Meeting will take place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center located at 2101 N Oak St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579. It is conveniently situated in the heart of Myrtle Beach’s Entertainment District.

The Myrtle Beach International Airport is only six miles away from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Click here for directions to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Hotel Reservations

A block of rooms has been secured at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel for ABRF attendees at discounted rates. Government Rates are also available. Please visit the Hotel and Travel page for more information.

Visitors Information
Please click here for visitors information.

Banking and Foreign Exchange
The official currency in the United States is US Dollars. The US Dollar ($) is divided into 100 cents; notes are in denominations of $100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1. Banking hours in the United States are generally Monday through Friday, 09:00 – 17:00. A few banks are open on Saturdays as well. You can withdraw money from ATM bank machines using your credit card and make purchases in stores and restaurants. Signs display accepted credit cards or you can ask the retailer. Check with your local financial institution to verify if you are able to use your home bank card or credit card prior to travel.

ATM bank machine service is available in the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

City Map
Click here to view a city map of Myrtle Beach.

Climate
The average high and low temperatures in April are 76 degrees Fahrenheit and 53 degrees Fahrenheit respectively. April is a wonderful month to visit Myrtle Beach.

Dialing Codes
The USA country code is +001, while Myrtle Beach landlines start with a 843 area code, followed by a 7 digit number.  The International access code for the United States is 1. While in the United States, you can call the directory information service number 411 for assistance in finding a phone number. Calls to area codes 800, 877, and 866 are toll-free in the United States. To make an international call, dial 011 followed by the country code, city code, and telephone number.

Dining Out
Whether you’re looking for the best steakhouses and the finest seafood restaurants or just a hearty, affordable breakfast and a fun, family-friendly place to eat dinner, the restaurants in Myrtle Beach offer something for everyone.  For a list of great places to dine and to make reservations, please visit the Visit Myrtle Beach website by clicking here

Electricity
Electric power is standardized in all states across the USA. It is set at 110 Volts and 60 cycles. If you bring any electrical appliance to the USA, you may need an adaptor to fit the US electrical receptacles. You may also need a converter to change the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

Language
The official language of the meeting is English. Translation service will not be provided.

Name Badge
The ABRF badge must be worn at all times for admission to the scientific sessions, exhibits, and social events.

Smoking Policy
Smoking is banned in all public places including all enclosed or partly enclosed public areas. 

Tax
The combined sales tax rate for Myrtle Beach is 9.0%.

Tipping
Restaurant prices do not generally include a service charge, unless dining with a large group. It is customary to leave a tip of 15-20%.

Transportation

Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR)
Getting to Myrtle Beach is easy and convenient from cities across the U.S. and around the globe. The city offers daily nonstop flights to and from over 30 cities and thousands of domestic and international flights weekly.  The airport terminals are easy to navigate. Click here to visit the Myrtle Beach International Airport’s website.

Rental Cars
A variety of car rental options are available at the Myrtle Beach International Airport.

Click here for a list of rental car agencies available at the Rental Car Center.

Train
If you would like to travel by train, the closest Amtrak station to Myrtle Beach is located in Florence, S.C. Please be aware that this station is located approximately seventy miles away from Myrtle Beach. You may pre-arrange car service for the final hour ride to Myrtle Beach or take Greyhound bus service into Myrtle Beach. It takes approximately two and a half hours to travel by car or bus from Florence to Myrtle Beach.

Public Transportation

Bus Service

Local bus service is available by the Coast RTA. The Coast is affordable, convenient, public transportation along major thoroughfares and to and from the Grand Strand. It is a regularly scheduled bus system, consisting of more than 45 vehicles, offers service seven days a week, 362 days a year. The Coast RTA offers Para Transit service. The public transit also operates 9 fixed routes servicing the Waccamaw Region, including Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, and Conway. Click here for more information about Coast RTA.

Taxi

The Myrtle Beach Convention Center is about six miles from the Myrtle Beach International Airport. Taxis are located at the airport, most hotels, attractions, and shopping centers.

Base fare and rates are displayed on the meter and include a flag drop charge plus a per-mile and/or a per-hour charge. Many companies provide taxicab service at Myrtle Beach International Airport. If you need a taxi, simply follow the signs leading to the Ground Transpiration.

Taxi Associations in Myrtle Beach:

East Coast Const Cab: (843) 213-1889
Myrtle Beach Cab: (843) 222-2525
Pirate's Gold Taxi: (843) 215-7771
Quality Cars: (843) 347-1724 or (843) 399-7796
Resorts Transportation: (843) 450-2111
Road Runner Taxi: (843) 249-2337
S & B Taxi LLC: (843) 903-7433
Taxi Solutions: (843) 236-9338
Tropical Taxi: (843) 272-1700
World Transportation: (843) 249-6433
Yellow Cab-North Myrtle Beach: (843) 420-1200

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