Useful Information

The location for the 28th International Annual Congress of the World Muscle Society is Charleston, South Carolina, USA.  

Charleston is a major port on the Atlantic coast, a historic centre of Southern culture, and the hub of a large urbanised area that includes Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Hanahan, and Goose Creek. The city is situated on a peninsula between the estuaries of the Ashley and Cooper rivers, facing a fine deepwater harbour. Rich in history and culture, Charleston was the fourth largest and wealthiest city in colonial America.


Accommodation is not included in your registration fee for the congress. HelmsBriscoe has been appointed as the official booking agent for the WMS 2023 Congress in Charleston and will be happy to assist you with your bedroom reservation or other related arrangements. More information here.


The Congress App will be made available to all delegates nearer the congress. You will be able to view the programme schedule, digital posters and audio/video files, sponsor information, participate in session Q&A and polling and connect with other delegates.


In Charleston major credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, stores, cafes and restaurants. It is a good idea always to ask beforehand though. Some places might charge a fee when accepting foreign credit cards as payment. Be sure to bring your PIN code and a picture ID. Banks are open from 09:30 to 17:00 on weekdays, most banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. There are numerous cash machines throughout the city.

Caregiver Grant

The WMS provides grants of up to £500 GBP to assist WMS member delegates who have costs associated with the care of a dependent/s during the congress. More information here.


If you have any problems with the registration process or questions prior to or during the Congress, please contact the Congress Secretariat via e-mail


The currency in USA is the American Dollar 1 EUR = 1.06 USD
Coins: 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents
Notes: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100

For currency converter.

Discover Charleston

For more information about Charleston, an inspiring city with its well known association for cultural history, we recommend you visit where you can book tours of the city, discover the many attractions and museums that the city has to offer and find out how to navigate the city. 

Electricity Supply/Voltage

In USA the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. These are the two thin pin plugs which are different to European and UK plugs. European plugs are not compatible with American electrical sockets. In order to plug in your electric appliances, you will need a plug adapter or a converter. 

Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) 

Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) to fly to or transit through USA. This must be completed before travel. 


Please note that WMS is unable to accept registration applications from patient parents/relatives or other members of the public. For full eligibility information please see:

Emergency numbers

If you need to contact the emergency services (ambulance, fire brigade, police) whilst in the US the number to dial is 911. The closest Emergency Room is at the Centre Pointe Emergency, this can be reached in 3 mins by car.

Address: 5249 Emmett I. Davis Jr. Ave.
North Charleston, SC 29418
Phone: (843) 746-2400


Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Industry Partners

We hope to have a full exhibition, you will be able to engage with each of them during the breaks. The floor plan will be available on the website and also on the congress app.


Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended to clear all travel and medical insurance issues prior to coming to Charleston. Neither the Congress Secretariat nor the Organising Committee will take any responsibility for any participant of the Congress failing to insure.


If this is your first time attending the WMS Congress, or you are attending on your own and would like to be introduced to other delegates when you arrive, please let us know via email in advance or at the registration desk at the venue. We will be happy to make some introductions so that you feel more comfortable.


WMS actively discourages any congress sponsor or other organisation from organising any kind of meeting or event in parallel with the congress programme. Any meeting or event which is organised before or after the congress must not be badged in anyway as a pre/post WMS event for example, nor any connection be made to attendees being able to attend as part of their WMS itinerary.

Name Badges

Your WMS Congress name badge must be worn at all times during the congress and social activities. It will be required to gain access to the venue and sessions.

Photographer & Videographer

There will be an official photographer and videographer present throughout the congress and social activities. Photos & footage will be shared on the WMS social media channels during and after the congress. Photos will be available via the members section of the WMS website after the congress. If you do not wish to be included in any photos or videos please make the organisers, photographer and videographer aware via the registration desk.

Press and Embargo Policy

The embargo date is the presentation day, e.g. for a late breaking abstract this is the last day of the congress. For general presentations that would be the beginning of the scientific programme for the congress (local time). Media information here.

Registration Desk

Opening times of the registration desk will be shared closer to the congress dates. 

Sales Tax

The 2023 sales tax rate in Charleston is 9%, and consists of 6% South Carolina state sales tax, 1% Charleston County sales tax and 2% special district tax.

Social Media

WMS has Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. Posts including photos about the congress and related activities will be posted before, during and after the congress. Social Media information here.

Special Requirements

If you have any specific accessibility, disability or mobility requirements, please do let us know as soon as possible.


The Time Zone in Charleston, South Carolina is UTC/GMT -4 hours. To check the time in Charleston.


Tipping etiquette in USA can be confusing for visitors. Many people struggle to figure out who they are supposed to tip, top amounts, and what to do if they have poor service.

In US, tipping is expected for most service industries. You’ll be considered rude if you don’t tip employees at restaurants, in the hospitality industry, or at hair salons. But a good rule of thumb is to tip at least 18% wherever you go if the service was adequate. Most tip between 15-20% depending on their familiarity with the service staff and their ability to pay. With COVID closing many industries, tipping 20-25% has become more common.

Remember: you always tip on the total cost, not just the pre-tax amount.


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Shuttle busses & airport transfers: 


More information on what to expect from the virtual platform will be shared closer to the congress dates. 


Find out if you need a Visa for the USA. Please make sure that you ask for a visa permit in plenty of time. If you need an invitation letter, please contact the Registration Manager if you didn't request one during the registration process. 

Official visa information provided by the US Government.


Please see our venue information.


October is one of the best months of the year to visit Charleston. It is expected most days in October to bring warm, sunny weather, with average highs in the upper 70s Farenheit/ high 20°C, rising well into the 80s Farenheit/ 30°C on the hottest days. Consult the weather forecast immediately before traveling to see how hot it is likely to be during your visit. October is also hurricane season in Charleston. 


We will have a dedicated quiet space which we are calling our Wellbeing Room in Room 4, on the second floor of the Congress Centre (it will be signposted in the venue) where you can take some quiet time to reground before returning to the congress activities. More information here.

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