International Attendees

For international participants of the show, this section features your Letter of Invitation, VISA application form and links to locate your U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

The International Pool I Spa I Patio Expo is a world-class tradeshow and welcomes attendees from 80 countries.  If you are an international visitor attendee, be reminded that the United States government has instituted new, tighter visa requirements for non-immigrant applicants. This may lengthen the amount of time it takes to process your visa application.  As a result, get an early jump on your visa application process by obtaining all the necessary documentation.

What You'll Need To Know

During the online registration process you will have the opportunity to request a Visa Invitation Letter. You must register to attend the Int'l Pool I Spa I Patio Expo in order to receive an official visa invitation letter. 

The turnaround time for most VISA applications is 30 days, but in some cases may take considerably longer. It is recommended to apply for your VISA two to three months before your scheduled trip in order to avoid delays in processing. You may contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for current wait times. 

Appropriate documentation, such as an Invitation Letter, can help demonstrate the purpose of your trip is to attend and/or exhibit at the International Pool I Spa I Patio Expo and that you intend to return home. 

  • International visitors may access the Letter of Invitation through the registration system once they have completed the registration for the show.
  • Only International Pool I Spa I Patio Expo attendees and exhibitors qualify for the Letter of Invitation
  • At the end of the registration process, go to the MyEvent dashboard and click on the Visa Invitation Letter.  Your information will pre-populate the fields and you will be able to download the Letter of Invitation
  • You may print your personalized letter and attach a copy of your 2017 International Pool I Spa I Patio Expo registration confirmation to use in your visa interview as supporting documentation from the International Pool I Spa I Patio Expo and/or Informa Exhibitions U.S. Construction and Real Estate.
  • Emailed copies may be accepted but it is recommended that you review your U.S. Embassy or Consulate's website for specific requirements.

If you require a VISA Letter prior to our registration system opening or if you need assistance please contact us directly at +1 972-536-6350 or info@poolspapatio.com and we will be happy to process your request.

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 the website of the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs.

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables citizens of 27 countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business without obtaining a visa. VWP travelers must present a machine-readable passport (MRP) at the U.S. post of entry to enter the U.S. without a visa. To obtain a complete list of exempt countries and learn more, visit the Visa Waiver Program website.

The International Pool I Spa I Patio Expo extends a special welcome to those traveling abroad to visit the show in Orlando, FL. The PSP Expo is a truly global event where industry professionals represent over 80 countries.

Event Basics

Language

Sessions at the International Pool I Spa I Patio Expo are conducted in English.

Venue

The 2017 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo will be held in North Halls A&B at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, United States. 

Weather

Prior to traveling to Orlando for the expo, you may wish to check the New Orleans10-day weather forecast.

Exchange Rate

Help plan your trip by checking the current exchange rate of your currency to U.S. dollars.

Tipping

Tipping in the United States is customary. A 15% to 20% tip is usually expected in restaurants, taxis, and for services you receive.

Etiquette

Become familiar with American etiquette for private, public, and business interactions.

Time

Orlando is in the EasternTime Zone. 

Electricity

Voltage 120, frequency 60 Hz. Adapters that may be required are: 

Two flat blades or two flat blades with a round grounding pin

Telephone

  • U.S. country code: +1
  • New Orleans area code: (407) and (321)
  • U.S. telephone numbers have ten digits total, which includes the area code and a seven digit phone number (e.g., 504-555-1234)
  • To make a call, dial 1 + area code + seven-digit number
  • To call internationally from Orlando, dial "011" + country code + area code + number

Internet

Most hotels offer high-speed Internet connections and Internet cafés are plentiful.

Emergencies

Dial 911 from any phone.

Business Hours

Standard business hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Attire

Attire at the International Pool I Spa I Patio Expo is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort ranges may vary, a light sweater or jacket is recommended. You may wish to bring comfortable shoes.

All travelers transiting the U.S. are subject to the U.S. customs/immigration laws. Visitors traveling to the U.S. are required to be in possession of passports that are valid for six months beyond the period of their intended stay in the U.S. Click for more information about passports and documents required for foreign travelers.