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Portland has a moderately warm climate in late September. The average high temperature is 75°F / 24°C and the average low temperature is 53°F / 12°C. Portland does not have a dry season, so it may rain on any day and at any time. It is always prudent to carry a small umbrella.
Portland is in the Pacific Time Zone and will be following Daylight Savings time in September (GMT -7). It is in the same time zone as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
The official language is English. A sizable minority also speaks Spanish from a variety of Central and South American dialects.
The only currency accepted is US Dollars. Foreign currency may be exchanged at some banks and exchange windows at the airport. Unfortunately, the banks charge a large premium on each transaction. It may be advisable to purchase dollars before your arrival. Credit cards are almost universally accepted (even at fast food establishments like McDonalds and Subway). There are Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) available at most bank branches and at various establishments, including the conference hotel. These machines will dispense US Dollars.
Tipping is expected in taxis and at restaurants and bars, and is typically not included in the price. The usual rate is 15 percent, more for excellent service, or less for below-average service.
Portland has several hospitals with OHSU being the leading research hospital. The emergency number is 911. It is advisable to check with your insurance carrier regarding any coverage limitations during your travel.
All hotels and restaurants in Portland are smoke-free.
The Hilton is conveniently located in downtown Portland close to many shops. Pioneer Place offers a large indoor mall with shops and there are also large department stores nearby such as Nordstrom and Macy's.
Oregon does not have any sales tax.
Wireless internet connectivity is provided free of charge by the hotel in the guestrooms and in the public areas. Mobile phones in the USA use a variety of standards with GSM compatibility supported by some but not all providers.
110 Volts AC, 60 Hz. Electrical outlets accept standard North American two-pronged (without ground) or three-pronged plugs.
Should you require child care services, click here for a list of providers in the Portland area. Please note that the selection and contracting of child care services are at the discretion of the purchaser.