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The Star Alliance member airlines are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for the 19th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST).

To obtain the Star Alliance Conventions Plus discounts please follow the below steps to access the Conventions Plus online booking tool:

*Should the online booking tool not open, please ensure that your Pop-Up blocker is disabled.

Registered participants plus one accompanying person travelling to the event can qualify for a discount of up to 20%, depending on fare and class of travel booked.

The participating airlines for this event are:    Ethiopian Airlines, Air Canada, ANA, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, THAI, United, Asiana Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, US Airways, TAP Portugal, SWISS International Air Lines, South African Airways, Air China, Turkish Airlines, EgyptAir, Adria Airways, Croatia Airlines, Continental Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Blue1, TAM Airlines, Aegean Airlines.

Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Round the World fares.

Please note: For travel to/from Japan and New Zealand special fares or discounts may be offered by the participating airlines on their own network. To obtain these special fares or discounts and for booking office information please visit and:

  • Click on “Conventions Plus Booking Contacts” and enter the conventions code: TK22S12
  • Choose one of the participating airlines listed
  • Call the respective reservation contact listed and quote the conventions code when requesting the special ticket

When making your travel plans please present confirmation of your registration or proof of attendance for the 19th IMAST.

Star Alliance Online Delegate Survey Link


The dominant and official language among the citizens of Turkey and Istanbul is Turkish.


Turkey 's national currency is the Turkish Lira and is denoted by TL. The Turkish Lira is divided into 100 KuruƟ, a subunit of the TL . The exchange rate fluctuates but the current exchange rate is 1.75 TL to $1.00.

Time Zone

Istanbul is in the Eastern European Time Zone (EET) which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (three hours ahead during Daylight Savings Time).


Istanbul has a Mediterranean climate which is defined by the warm, dry summers and the cool, wet winters. Istanbul has high humidity, especially in the summer months, creating large amount of fog, especially during the morning hours. Due to the city's geographic location, the city also tends to be windy with average wind speeds of 18 km/h or 11 mph.

During the summer months, temperatures range from 65.3 F/ 18.5 C to 83 F/ 28.4 C. Istanbul is warm and humid during the summer but the temperatures rarely rise above 90 F/ 32 C with only an average of five days per year.


The electricity in Istanbul operates on 220 volts, similar to the rest of Europe, compared to 120 volts in the United States .


In Turkey it is customary to tip waiters and hotel staff at a rate of 10 percent and it is encouraged to roundup your taxi fare to the next Turkish Lira.


Most flights arrive at Atatürk International Airport (IST) in Istanbul . The airport is approximately 15 miles outside of the city center and can be reached by light rail, taxi, and bus.

IMAST Committee

Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD

Past Chair
Todd J. Albert, MD

Jacob M. Buchowski, MD, MS
Charles H. Crawford, III, MD
Benny T. Dahl, MD
Mark Dekutoski, MD
Lawrence G. Lenke, MD
Morio Matsumoto, MD
Praveen Mummaneni, MD
Michael F. O'Brien, MD
Glenn Rechtine, II, MD
Justin S. Smith, MD
Daniel J. Sucato, MD, MD


Save the Date
20th IMAST
July 10-13, 2013
Vancouver, Canada


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