How can I move my personal belongings to the USA?
The United States is, and has always been, a popular and exciting destination for Australians. Moving to the USA to further one’s professional training, skill base, and/or career opportunities are common occurrences. For 40 years OSS World Wide Movers has been assisting individuals, business people, and Corporates, with the professional service and advice that comes from choosing a quality international moving specialist.
Fortunately there are many cultural similarities between Australia and the United States based upon our shared history. Moving to the United States is therefore one of the easiest countries to relocate to for any assignments or permanent relocation.
Choosing an international moving company will no doubt be one of the first and most important decisions you make in the relocation process. OSS World Wide Movers move thousands of Australians around the world every year. Being Australia’s only specialist international mover, OSS World Wide Movers can ensure a regularity of shipping to the USA that others cannot.
Coupled with the expertise and training of our staff, potential costly delays can be avoided. For your piece of mind and protection OSS World Wide Movers is a FIDI FAIM accredited company as well as being a member of Americas International Association of Movers (IAM).
Can I pack my own goods when I move to the USA
It is recommended that you do not ship items to the USA which have been “owner packed” as they will attract stringent inspection by Customs on arrival. It is advisable to have your goods packed by your moving company to ensure the clearance process can be conducted with a minimum of fuss.
Can I move my pet to the USA?
It is recommended to send your pet through a registered pet transportation agent who will be able to contact all the relevant agencies in the USA. More information about relocating pets can be found in our moving links section of this website or speak to an OSS World Wide Move Consultant.
How much will it cost to ship my belongings to the USA?
The cost of your move will vary according to a range of factors; Freight type, if your container is personalised or shared, the nature of your items (ie. fragile, exotic etc). Please submit an enquiry and/or request a quote to find out more information on what it will cost to ship your belongs to the USA.
How do I move my car to the USA?
Moving motor vehicles and motor bikes to the USA is possible provided Customs criteria are met.
This service is usually depot to depot, meaning the motor vehicle will be collected by you from our partners depot in the USA following customs clearance.
Customs may require evidence that the owner of the vehicle has lived abroad for 12 months or longer, so a copy of your passport with date stamp showing arrival in the USA, or copy of lease or rental agreement on in the USA would be sufficient.
Can I move my boat to the USA?
Moving a boat to the USA has similar requirements to moving a car to the USA when it comes to registration requirements and process.
Customs and Quarantine in The USA will have a special interest in the boat due to its exposure to marine life, however as Australia has a fairly clean marine environment, your boat should pass customs and quarantine without any problem.
How long will my move to the USA take?
Clearance of your move into the USA takes approximately 5 to 7 working days for an FCL (Full Container Load e.g. not a shared container), and 7 to 10 working days for a GRP (Groupage or shared container load) once the shipping container has been unloaded from the vessel.
United States Consulate
Contact the US Embassy by visiting https://au.usembassy.gov/
Contact the If you require information regarding a pending application or new application, please click here: https://au.usembassy.gov/visas/
US Passport Office
Learn about international travel and getting your U.S. Passport. First time traveling overseas, or just preparing for a possible trip? Apply for your passport card or book now: https://au.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/
US Citizenship & Immigration Information
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States: http://www.uscis.gov/aboutus
USA Moving Guide
USA – The United States of America
Everyone has an opinion on the USA.
A main player on the world stage, the United States is constantly under the global media spotlight. Whatever your
stance, you cannot deny that this North American nation has a lot to offer in terms of diversity; from the creaking
depths of the Grand Canyon to the towering heights of Manhattan’s Empire State Building, the luscious tropical
forests of Hawaii to the chiselled faces of Mount Rushmore, all fifty states are scattered with gasp-worthy natural
wonders and impressive man-made marvels.
The unrivalled entertainment capital of the world, the USA is bursting with theme parks, sports venues, and theatres. The turquoise waves
of surf capital California and ski resorts of the snow-cloaked Rocky Mountains in Colorado provide ample excuses for adrenalin junkies to
explore, whilst the palm-lined beaches of laid-back Miami and sweeping pastures of the Oklahoma prairies offer true relaxation.
“Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain.” The beloved patriotic
song “America the Beautiful” hints at some of the country’s diverse, majestic landscape, which is certainly one of many reasons to visit the
US but there are so many others.
From its vast plains, snow-covered mountains, deep forests and strange rock formations, to soaring skyscrapers and a thunderous cultural
scene, the USA is a collage of extremes. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first
ride in a yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, yawning expanses of prairie, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz, or the neon-lit
excesses of Las Vegas.
When it comes to the natural landscape, you’re hard pressed to find an area more diverse. Marvel at the thunderous spectacle of
12,000-year-old Niagara Falls in northern New York, or seek an antidote to urban chaos amidst the flat farmland of the Midwest. Then
there are the black hills of South Dakota, the dramatic mountain and ocean landscape of California’s Pacific Coast Highway and of course,
there’s the world-famous Grand Canyon, just one of the 397 parks in the National Parks systems.
There’s the manmade landscape, too, which is as impressive as the natural. Though New York City is the most densely populated with
soaring skyscrapers, including the iconic Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, other cities have admirable architecture as well,
including Chicago’s Sears Tower, and of course, the White House in Washington DC.
The United States Geography
The land area of the contiguous United States is 9.834 million km². Alaska, separated from the contiguous United States by Canada, is the largest state at 663,268 square miles (1,717,856 km2). Hawaii, occupying an archipelago in the central Pacific, southwest of North America, is 10,931 square miles (28,311 km2) in area.
The United States is the world’s third or fourth largest nation by total area (land and water), ranking behind Russia and Canada and just
above or below China. The ranking varies depending on how two territories disputed by China and India are counted and how the total size
of the United States is measured: calculations range from 3,676,486 square miles (9,522,055 km2) to 3,717,813 square miles (9,629,091
km2) to 3,794,101 square miles (9,826,676 km2). measured by only land area, the United States is third in size behind Russia and China,
just ahead of Canada.
The United States Facts
Full country name: United States of America
Area: 9.834 million km²
Population: 323.1 million
People: 77.7% White 13.2% African American 5.3% Asian 2.4% Multiracial (2 or more)
0.2% Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander 1.2% American Indian & Alaska Native
17.1% Hispanic/Latino (of any race) 82.9%Non-Hispanic/Latino (of any race)
Language: English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, French, Korean and German
Religion: Christian, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism
Government: Federal presidential constitutional republic
President: Donald Trump
Vice President: Mike Pence
Major industries: Transportation equipment, natural resources, agriculture and consumer products.
Major trading partners: Canada, China, Mexico, Japan and Germany
Health risks: None
Time: (UTC−5 to −10) and (UTC−4 to −10[d]) summer DST
Electricity: 120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin.
County code: + 1
Mobile Phone network: GSM
Weights & measures: Metric with local variations
The coastal plain of the Atlantic seaboard gives way further inland to deciduous forests and the rolling hills of the Piedmont. The
Appalachian Mountains divide the eastern seaboard from the Great Lakes and the grasslands of the Midwest. The Mississippi–Missouri
River, the world’s fourth longest river system, runs mainly north–south through the heart of the country. The flat, fertile prairie of the Great
Plains stretches to the west, interrupted by a highland region in the southeast.
The Rocky Mountains, at the western edge of the Great Plains, extend north to south across the country, reaching altitudes higher than
14,000 feet (4,300 m) in Colorado. Farther west are the rocky Great Basin and deserts such as the Chihuahua and Mojave. The Sierra
Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges run close to the Pacific coast, both ranges reaching altitudes higher than 14,000 feet (4,300 m).
The lowest and highest points in the continental United States are in the state of California, and only about 80 miles (130 km) apart. At
20,320 feet (6,194 m), Alaska’s Mount McKinley is the tallest peak in the country and in North America.
Active volcanoes are common throughout Alaska’s Alexander and Aleutian Islands, and Hawaii consists of volcanic islands. The super
volcano underlying Yellowstone National Park in the Rockies is the continent’s largest volcanic feature. The United States, with its large size
and geographic variety, includes most climate types. To the east of the 100th meridian, the climate ranges from humid continental in the
north to humid subtropical in the south. The southern tip of Florida is tropical, as is Hawaii. The Great Plains west of the 100th meridian
are semi-arid. Much of the Western mountains are alpine. The climate is arid in the Great Basin, desert in the Southwest, Mediterranean
in coastal California, and oceanic in coastal Oregon and Washington and southern Alaska. Most of Alaska is subarctic or polar. Extreme
weather is not uncommon—the states bordering the Gulf of Mexico are prone to hurricanes, and most of the world’s tornadoes occur
within the country, mainly in the Midwest’s Tornado Alley.
The U.S. ecology is considered “mega diverse”: about 17,000 species of vascular plants occur in the contiguous United States and Alaska,
and over 1,800 species of flowering plants are found in Hawaii, few of which occur on the mainland. The United States is home to more
than 400 mammal, 750 bird, and 500 reptile and amphibian species. About 91,000 insect species have been described. The bald eagle is
both the national bird and national animal of the United States, and is an enduring symbol of the country itself.
The United States Culture
The United States is home to many cultures and a wide variety of ethnic groups, traditions, and values. Aside from the relatively small
Native American and Native Hawaiian populations, nearly all Americans or their ancestors settled or immigrated within the past five
centuries. Mainstream American culture is a Western culture largely derived from the traditions of European immigrants with influences from
many other sources, such as traditions brought by slaves from Africa. More recent immigration from Asia and especially Latin America has
added to a cultural mix that has been described as both a homogenizing melting pot, and a heterogeneous salad bowl in which immigrants
and their descendants retain distinctive cultural characteristics.
Core American culture was established by Protestant British colonists and shaped by the frontier settlement process, with the traits derived
passed down to descendants and transmitted to immigrants through assimilation. Americans have traditionally been characterized by
a strong work ethic, competitiveness, and individualism, as well as a unifying belief in an “American creed” emphasizing liberty, equality,
private property, democracy, rule of law, and a preference for limited government. Americans are extremely charitable by global standards.
According to a 2006 British study, Americans gave 1.67% of GDP to charity, more than any other nation studied, more than twice the
second place British figure of 0.73%, and around twelve times the French figure of 0.14%.
The American Dream, or the perception that Americans enjoy high social mobility, plays a key role in attracting immigrants. Whether this
perception is realistic has been a topic of debate. While mainstream culture holds that the United States is a classless society, scholars
identify significant differences between the country’s social classes, affecting socialization, language, and values. Americans’ self-images,
social viewpoints, and cultural expectations are associated with their occupations to an unusually close degree. While Americans tend
greatly to value socioeconomic achievement, being ordinary or average is generally seen as a positive attribute.
Religion in the United States
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion and forbids Congress from passing laws respecting
its establishment. Christianity is by far the most common religion practiced in the U.S., but other religions are followed, too. In a 2013
survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a “very important role in their lives”, a far higher figure than that of any other wealthy
nation. In a 2009 Gallup poll 42% of Americans said that they attended church weekly or almost weekly; the figures ranged from a low of
23% in Vermont to a high of 63% in Mississippi. As with other Western countries, the U.S. is becoming less religious. Irreligion is growing
rapidly among Americans under 30. Polls show that overall American confidence in organized religion is declining and that younger
Americans in particular are becoming increasingly irreligious.
According to a 2012 survey, 73% of adults identified themselves as Christian, down from 86.4% in 1990.Protestant denominations
accounted for 48%, while Roman Catholicism, at 22%, was the largest individual denomination. The total reporting non-Christian religions
in 2012 was 6%, up from 4% in 2007. Other religions include Judaism (1.7%), Buddhism (0.7%), Islam (0.6%), Hinduism (0.4%), and
Unitarian Universalism (0.3%). The survey also reported that 19.6% of Americans described themselves as agnostic, atheist or simply
having no religion, up from 8.2% in 1990. There are also Baha’i, Sikh, Jain, Shinto, Confucian, Taoist, Druid, Native American, Wiccan,
humanist and deist communities.
Language in the United States
English (American English) is the de facto national language. Although there is no official language at the federal level, some laws—such
as U.S. naturalization requirements—standardize English. In 2010, about 230 million, or 80% of the population aged five years and older,
spoke only English at home. Spanish, spoken by 12% of the population at home, is the second most common language and the most
widely taught second language. Some Americans advocate making English the country’s official language, as it is in at least 28 states.
Both Hawaiian and English are official languages in Hawaii, by state law. While neither has an official language, New Mexico has laws
providing for the use of both English and Spanish, as Louisiana does for English and French. Other states, such as California, mandate
the publication of Spanish versions of certain government documents including court forms. Many jurisdictions with large numbers of
non-English speakers produce government materials, especially voting information, in the most commonly spoken languages in those
Events and Public Holidays
Date Holiday name Holiday type Where it is observed
Jan 1 New Year’s Day National holiday
Jan 6 Epiphany Christian
Jan 7 Orthodox Christmas Day Orthodox
Jan 13 Stephen Foster Memorial Day Observance
Jan 14 The Prophet’s Birthday Muslim
Jan 14 Orthodox New Year Orthodox
Jan 16 Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat Jewish holiday
Jan 17 Lee Jackson Day State holiday Virginia
Jan 19 Robert E Lee’s Birthday State holiday Florida
Jan 19 Confederate Memorial Day State holiday Texas
Jan 20 Martin Luther King Day National holiday
Jan 20 Robert E Lee’s Birthday State holiday AL, AR, MS
Jan 20 Idaho Human Rights Day State holiday Idaho
Jan 20 Civil Rights Day State holiday Arizona, New Hampshire
Jan 29 Kansas Day Observance
Jan 31 Chinese New Year Observance
Feb 1 National Freedom Day Observance
Feb 2 Groundhog Day Observance
Feb 4 Rosa Parks Day Local observance California, Ohio
Feb 7 National Wear Red Day Observance
Feb 12 Lincoln’s Birthday State holiday CT, IL, MO, NJ, NY
Feb 12 Lincoln’s Birthday Local observance Florida
Feb 14 Valentine’s Day Observance
Feb 15 Susan B Anthony’s Birthday Local observance CA, FL, NY, WI
Feb 17 Presidents’ Day (Washington’s Birthday) National holiday
Feb 17 Daisy Gatson Bates Day State holiday Arkansas
Mar 1 St. David’s Day Observance
Mar 2 Texas Independence Day State holiday Texas
Mar 3 Casimir Pulaski Day State holiday Illinois
Mar 3 Read Across America Day Observance
Mar 4 Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras Observance
Mar 4 Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras Local observance Florida
Mar 4 Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras State holiday Alabama, Louisiana
Mar 4 Town Meeting Day Vermont State holiday
Mar 5 Ash Wednesday Christian
Mar 9 Daylight Saving Time starts Clock change/Daylight Saving Time
Mar 16 Purim Jewish holiday
Mar 17 St. Patrick’s Day Observance
Mar 17 Evacuation Day State holiday Massachusetts
Mar 20 March equinox Season
Mar 25 Maryland Day Local observance Maryland
Mar 26 Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day State holiday Hawaii
Mar 31 Seward’s Day State holiday Alaska
Mar 31 César Chávez Day State holiday CA, CO*, TX*
Apr 2 Pascua Florida Day Local observance Florida
Apr 6 National Tartan Day Observance
Apr 13 Palm Sunday Christian
Apr 13 Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday Observance
Apr 15 Passover (first day) Jewish holiday
Apr 15 Tax Day Observance
Apr 15 Father Damien Day Local observance Hawaii
Apr 15 National Library Workers’ Day Observance
Apr 16 Emancipation Day State holiday District of Columbia
Apr 17 Maundy Thursday Christian
Apr 18 Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox
Apr 18 Good Friday State holiday 13 states
Apr 19 Holy Saturday Christian
Apr 19 Orthodox Holy Saturday Orthodox
Apr 20 Orthodox Easter Orthodox
Apr 20 Easter Sunday Observance, Christian
Apr 21 Orthodox Easter Monday Orthodox
Apr 21 Easter Monday Christian
Apr 21 Patriot’s Day State holiday Maine, Massachusetts
Apr 21 San Jacinto Day State holiday Texas
Apr 22 Last Day of Passover Jewish holiday
Apr 22 Oklahoma Day Local observance Oklahoma
Apr 23 Administrative Professionals Day Observance
Apr 25 Arbor Day State holiday Nebraska
Apr 26 Confederate Memorial Day Local observance Florida
Apr 28 Yom HaShoah Jewish holiday
Apr 28 Confederate Memorial Day State holiday AL, FL, GA
Apr 28 Confederate Memorial Day State holiday Mississippi
May 1 Law Day Observance
May 1 Loyalty Day Observance
May 1 National Day of Prayer Observance
May 3 National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Day Observance
May 4 Rhode Island Independence Day State holiday Rhode Island
May 5 Cinco de Mayo Observance
May 6 Yom Ha’atzmaut Jewish holiday
May 6 National Nurses Day Observance
May 6 Primary Election Day Indiana State holiday Indiana
May 8 Truman Day State holiday Missouri
May 9 Confederate Memorial Day observed State holiday South Carolina
May 10 Confederate Memorial Day State holiday North Carolina, South Carolina
May 11 Mothers’ Day Observance
May 13 Primary Election Day West Virginia State holiday West Virginia
May 15 Peace Officers Memorial Day Observance
May 16 National Defense Transportation Day Observance
May 17 Armed Forces Day Observance
May 18 Lag BaOmer Jewish holiday
May 21 Emergency Medical Services for Children Day Observance
May 22 National Maritime Day Observance
May 22 Harvey Milk Day Local observance California
May 25 National Missing Children’s Day Observance
May 26 Memorial Day National holiday
May 26 Jefferson Davis Birthday Local observance Mississippi
May 27 Isra and Mi’raj Muslim
May 29 Ascension Day Christian
Jun 1 Statehood Day Local observance Kentucky, Tennessee
Jun 2 Jefferson Davis Birthday State holiday Alabama
Jun 3 Jefferson Davis Birthday Local observance Florida
Jun 4 Shavuot Jewish holiday
Jun 6 D-Day Observance
Jun 8 Pentecost Christian
Jun 9 Whit Monday Christian
Jun 11 Kamehameha Day State holiday Hawaii
Jun 14 Flag Day Observance
Jun 14 Flag Day Local observance Florida
Jun 15 Trinity Sunday Christian
Jun 15 Fathers’ Day Observance
Jun 17 Bunker Hill Day State holiday Massachusetts
Jun 19 Corpus Christi Christian
Jun 19 Juneteenth Local observance All except Am. Samoa, AZ, HI, MD, MP, MT, ND, NH, SD,UT, Virg. Is., Wake Is.
Jun 20 West Virginia Day State holiday West Virginia
Jun 21 June Solstice Season
Jun 29 Ramadan starts Muslim
Jul 4 Independence Day National holiday
Jul 24 Lailat al-Qadr Muslim
Jul 24 Pioneer Day State holiday Utah
Jul 27 Parents’ Day Observance
Jul 29 Eid al-Fitr Muslim
Aug 1 Colorado Day Local observance Colorado
Aug 5 Tisha B’Av Jewish holiday
Aug 11 Victory Day State holiday Rhode Island
Aug 15 Assumption of Mary Christian
Aug 15 Statehood Day in Hawaii State holiday Hawaii
Aug 15 Bennington Battle Day observed State holiday Vermont
Aug 16 Bennington Battle Day State holiday Vermont
Aug 19 National Aviation Day Observance
Aug 21 Senior Citizens Day Observance
Aug 27 Lyndon Baines Johnson Day State holiday Texas
Sep 1 Labor Day National holiday
Sep 6 Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day Observance
Sep 7 National Grandparents Day Observance
Sep 9 California Admission Day Local observance California
Sep 11 Patriot Day Observance
Sep 17 Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Observance
Sep 19 National POW/MIA Recognition Day Observance
Sep 22 Emancipation Day Local observance Ohio
Sep 23 September equinox Season
Sep 25 Rosh Hashana Jewish holiday
Sep 26 Native Americans’ Day Local observance California, Washington
Sep 28 Gold Star Mother’s Day Observance
Oct 4 Feast of St Francis of Assisi Christian
Oct 4 Yom Kippur Jewish holiday
Oct 5 Eid al-Adha Muslim
Oct 6 Child Health Day Observance
Oct 9 First Day of Sukkot Jewish holiday
Oct 9 Leif Erikson Day Observance
Oct 13 Columbus Day National holiday All except AK, AR, CA, DE, FL, HI, NV,
OR, SD, TX, WA
Oct 13 Columbus Day Local observance Florida
Oct 13 Native Americans’ Day Local observance South Dakota
Oct 13 Indigenous People’s Day Local observance California
Oct 15 Last Day of Sukkot Jewish holiday
Oct 15 White Cane Safety Day Observance
Oct 16 Shmini Atzeret Jewish holiday
Oct 16 Boss’s Day Observance
Oct 17 Simchat Torah Jewish holiday
Oct 17 Alaska Day observed State holiday Alaska
Oct 18 Alaska Day State holiday Alaska
Oct 23 Diwali/Deepavali Observance
Oct 25 Muharram Muslim
Oct 31 Halloween Observance
Oct 31 Nevada Day State holiday Nevada
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day Christian
Nov 2 All Souls’ Day Christian
Nov 2 Daylight Saving Time ends Clock change/Daylight Saving Time
Nov 4 Election Day State holiday 12 states
Nov 5 Election Day State holiday New York
Nov 6 Return Day Delaware State holiday Delaware
Nov 11 Veterans Day National holiday
Nov 27 Thanksgiving Day National holiday
Nov 28 Robert E Lee’s Birthday State holiday Georgia
Nov 28 Presidents’ Day State holiday New Mexico
Nov 28 Lincoln’s Birthday/Lincoln’s Day State holiday Indiana, West Virginia
Nov 28 Black Friday State holiday 21 states
Nov 28 American Indian Heritage Day State holiday Maryland
Nov 30 First Sunday of Advent Christian
Dec 1 Cyber Monday Observance
Dec 6 St Nicholas’ Day Observance
Dec 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Observance
Dec 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian
Dec 12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Observance
Dec 17 Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day) Jewish holiday
Dec 17 Pan American Aviation Day Observance
Dec 17 Wright Brothers Day Observance
Dec 21 December Solstice Season
Dec 24 Last Day of Chanukah Jewish holiday
Dec 24 Christmas Eve State holiday KS*, LA, MI, NC, ND, OK, SC, TX,
Dec 24 Christmas Eve Observance, Christian
Dec 25 Christmas Day National holiday, Christian
Dec 26 Kwanzaa (until Jan 1) Observance
Dec 26 Day After Christmas Day State holiday KS, KY, NC, NH, SC, TX, VA
Dec 26 Washington’s Birthday State holiday Indiana
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve State holiday LA, MI, WI
Dec 31 New Year’s Eve Observance
Business hours are officially Mon-Fri 0900-1730, although an extended working day is very common in certain sectors and it is not unusual
for people to be working well into the night or over the weekend.
The US economy is the world’s largest, most technologically powerful and diverse. Distinct benefits arise from a unique combination of
mass immigration, technological and marketing innovations, vast natural resources, expansion of international trade, historical fortune and
an economic system designed to reinforce professional and personal enterprise.
The enormous influence of US-based multinational companies within the world economy affords unparalleled global influence and allows its
currency unique international status.
Large areas of the USA, particularly in the Midwest, are under cultivation and produce a wide range of commodities: important are cotton,
grain and tobacco, all exported on a large scale. Principal mining operations produce oil, gas, coal, copper, iron, uranium and silver.
US industry leads in steel production, automotive manufacturing, aerospace technology, telecommunications, chemical engineering,
electronics, computer-based commerce and manufactured goods.
The largest employment is in the service sector, finance, leisure and tourism. The unemployment rate in 2011 was 9.1%, with growth at
2.5% and inflation at 3%.
If for no other reason than its role in the world economy, the USA is an important conference destination; there are state, city and regional
travel and convention organisations in every part of the country, each actively promoting its own assets. There are several magazines aimed
at helping the conference organiser; they include Meeting & Conventions Magazine (www.mcmag.com),Successful Meetings Magazine
(www.successfulmeetings.com) and Association Meetings Magazine(www.meetingsnet.com).
Three of the largest convention and trade show venues in the USA are Las Vegas, New York and Chicago, with Las Vegas holding the top
position for a number of years.
Organisers interested in US venues should contact the US Travel Association (www.ustravel.org) or the travel organisations listed in the
individual state sections. In addition to the state organisations, addresses of travel and convention organisations for cities and counties are
For emergency police, fire or medical services in major cities, dial 911. The following codes denote toll-free (free phone) numbers: 800, 855,
866, 877 and 888.
Foreign mobile telephones only work if they are tri-band or quad-band; charges are high. Visitors can also hire a mobile telephone. Pre-pay
cell phones can be purchased from a variety of retail outlets, including drug stores.
There are internet cafés in most urban areas, and an increasing number of Wi-Fi hotspots. Many coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi. Many of the
international airports offer internet access too.
There are numerous post offices throughout the states. Stamps can also be bought at stamp machines in hotels and shops. Airmail to
Europe takes up to one week.
Post office hours
Freedom of expression in the US is guaranteed by the constitution. The USA has the most highly developed mass media in the world.
Public broadcasting is partly government-funded, but also supported by private grants.
Freedom of expression in the US is guaranteed by the constitution. The USA has the most highly developed mass media in the world,
publishing more newspapers than any other country. Public broadcasting is partly government-funded, but also supported by private
grants. High readership papers include Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the
Washington Post are also popular. The high degree of self-government of each state means newspapers tend to be region specific.
Top TV networks include ABC (American Broadcasting Corporation), CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System), CNN (Cable News Network),
FOX (Fox Television Network) and NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation). National radio networks include ABC Radio Networks,
National Public Radio, Fox News Radio and CBS operates Westwood One and American Radio Network.
Social Media Links
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