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Hotel Booking Links Now Open for ICANN's 2012 Meetings in Prague and Toronto

ICANN recently opened the hotel booking link and conference registration link for its upcoming 44th public meeting to be held 24-29 June 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic at the Hilton Prague Hotel. Additional information about the meeting, as well as ICANN group hotel rates is now available on the Prague Meeting Website.

ICANN's 45th public meeting will be held 14-19 October 2012 in Toronto, Canada at The Westin Harbour Castle Toronto Hotel. ICANN group hotel rates are available. Reservations can now be made through the ICANN Meetings Website.

More information about supporting hotels, transportation, and the meeting agenda for both Prague and Toronto will be posted as it becomes available.

ICANN meetings are held three times each year in different regions of the globe to enable attendees from around the world to participate in person. These meetings are free for anyone who wishes to attend, and offer a variety of sessions such as workshops, open forums, and working meetings on the development and implementation of Internet policies.

We also offer several tools for remote participation such as streaming live audio and video, chatrooms, and online question boxes.


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