About Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah and the largest city in Utah. It is located in central Utah, near the eastern shore of the Great Salt Lake. Nestled on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and overlooking the largest inland lake in the western US. Salt Lake is home to a pioneering past, and an exciting future. It is home to three Fortune 1000 companies. The world’s largest copper mine, the Bingham Canyon Mine, is located near Salt Lake City.

Event Basics

Before you register for the conference or pack your bags for Salt Lake City, here are some essential details you’ll want to know.

  • Conference Hotel

    We highly recommend booking your stay at The Grand America Hotel to enjoy a special discounted rate exclusively for AMCIS 2024 attendees. To secure your room at the conference rate, please click here.

  • Language

    English is the primary language spoken in Salt Lake City.

  • Weather

    Salt Lake City experiences a semi-arid climate, with four distinct seasons. Summers can be hot, with temperatures in August averaging around mid 90°F and lows in the mid 60°F. Please be sure to check the weather prior to traveling. Click here  for average temperature in August.

  • Currency

    The United States Dollar (USD) is the official currency. Credit cards are widely accepted, and ATMs are readily available throughout the city for cash withdrawals.

    Currency Exchange: Major banks and currency exchange services are available at Salt Lake City International Airport and throughout the city for international travelers needing to exchange foreign currency.

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are commonly accepted at most businesses, including hotels, restaurants, and shops.

  • Time

    During the conference Salt Lake City, UT will be in the Mountain Daylight Time Zone – MDT (UTC -6).

  • Electricity

    The United States uses 120V, 60 Hz AC power.

  • Phone

    The United States’ country code: +1U.S. telephone numbers have 10 digits total, which includes the area code and a seven-digit phone number (e.g., (XXX) XXX-XXXX).

    The area code for Salt Lake City is 801 or 385 when dialing domestically.

  • Internet Access

    Attendees staying at The Grand America Hotel who have reserved a room using the AMCIS 2024 housing link will enjoy complimentary wireless internet access in their guest room.

  • Emergencies

    Dial 911 from most phones for police, fire, and ambulance services. Some hotel phones may require an additional number. Please see the phone or hotel for specific instructions.

Cultural Nuances

If you are not familiar with the United States culture you may want to become familiar with them prior to traveling.


    Understanding local customs and etiquette can make your visit more enjoyable. Salt Lake City is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

  • Attire

    Attire at AIS conferences is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort ranges may vary, a light sweater or jacket is recommended.

  • Tipping

    Tipping is customary in the United States. For dining out, a tip of 15-20% is standard. Tips are also customary for taxi drivers, hotel staff, and other service providers.

  • Etiquette

    Americans value personal space and typically greet with a handshake. In more casual settings, a smile or nod can suffice. Eye contact is important and signifies attentiveness and honesty.

    When addressing someone, first names are commonly used, though titles and last names may be appropriate in formal or professional settings.


To help you with your travel arrangements, below are links to important information regarding visa invitation letters, visas, and other resources.

  • Letter Requests

    Invitation Letter Request Form

    The invitation letter form should be used to request an invitation letter to initiate request for travel visas.

    Visa Letter Request Form

    A visa letter can also be requested upon registering and paying for the conference. This will also require completion of a visa letter request form. You must be an active AIS member and your conference registration must be completed and paid for in full before the letter will be prepared.

    Please note: As Visa requests can take several weeks/months, registrants are strongly encouraged to apply for their visa no later than two months prior to the conference.

  • 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 https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit.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 https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html.