MARINA DEL REY, Calif.: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has posted hotel information to help participants prepare for ICANN's 31st International Public Meeting in New Delhi, India from 10-15 February 2008.
'New Delhi, similar to other international cities in high season, is expensive' said Paul Levins, Executive Officer and Vice President Corporate Affairs. ICANN and the meeting local hosts have worked to achieve lower rates for participants. 'This negotiation has taken some time, but we are now holding rooms at negotiated rates. These rates are still high, ranging from US$354 to over US$400, but they are cheaper than the published rates' he said.
Unfortunately many of these cheaper rates can be held for a short period of time only given the demand for rooms in New Delhi. If rooms are not booked by ICANN participants, they will then be released to the general public.
There are presently many rooms available in the ICANN block at The Metropolitan (US$354), Le Meridien (US$379) and The Grand Hotel (US$418) see http://del.icann.org
'If you plan on attending then you should book now to take advantage of these lower rates' Mr Levins said.
The schedule of events for the New Delhi meeting is currently being developed and will be posted on the meeting website on 15 January 2008.
Each year ICANN holds three meetings in different regions around the world. These meetings constitute an essential part of ICANN's global consensus-building and outreach efforts.
ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system of unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that help computers reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of these resources is vital to the Internet's operation, so ICANN's global stakeholders meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet's ongoing security and stability. ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit non-profit company. For more information please visit: www.icann.org.
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