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auDA AGM Details

Discussion in 'Domain News' started by Scott7, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. PaulS

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    Just doing a little checking - was it explicitly stated that the auDA crew stayed at the Emirates Palace, or simply dined there?
    Given a number of Simon's snaps were at the Jumeirah, perhaps they stayed there. It is at the pricier end of the spectrum but, more worryingly, was 15km or 25 minutes from the venue.

    At the same time, there were ICANN hotel rates starting at $170, $260, 320 a night (for 3,4 and 5*) all within walking distance of the venue. I cant tell you how important that is when breakfast meetings may start at 7:30, or you need to dump your gear before an evening function or even just want to avoid walking far in a suit in 30+ degree heat! Sure, they may have been booked out, but that is why you get in early (and we always used to).

    With that in mind, if I was still doing the ICANN rounds, I would be looking at the meeting site for Puerto Rico NOW.
    Puerto Rico Convention Centre is the venue but hotels are yet to be announced. That doesnt matter. ICANN NEVER gets super-discounted group rates and as soon as the hotels are posted, attendees swamp on rooms quicker than scalpers on Ed Sheeran concert tix.
    The Sheraton is a 5 minute walk away but already about $400US a night.
    There are plenty of other hotels in the vicinity though and, given the damage from Hurricane Maria, my humble advice would be for auDA to get on to a deal sooner rather than later.
     
  2. Cheyne

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    The main conference hotel, which was the Hyatt Capital Gate, was around $1,200AUD per night per room. This was booked around 2-3 weeks after the announcement and I nearly fell off my chair. I've stayed in a penthouse suite in Las Vegas and it didn't cost me $1,200 per night!

    There were other hotels but I have personally never been to Abu Dhabi and Craig has also never been there so I wanted to ensure that he stayed as close to the conference as possible.
     
  3. PaulS

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    Thanks for the clarification Cheyne
    And thats a fair enough business call on your part too. You can only suck it up, roll your eyes and pay what you have to.
    But I guarantee that if I was faced with that scenario for auDA, I would have moved heaven and earth to find an alternative.

    Funny story - I arrived at the Dublin ICANN meeting a day early and found our hotel was miles away and was severely substandard. Somebody tried to break into my room the first night and an auDA Director arrived to find his room was completely trashed. Air-con and heating didnt work either. So I packed up, went to one of the event hotels 300m from the venue and managed to secure 5 rooms there on very short notice. Under $300. And they were supposedly "booked out". There's always a way! (I'll make a great EA one day!)
     
  4. snoopy

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    Just want to point out that time is slipping away for proxy forms, they are due 4 days before the AGM, so 11 days left.

    I have got mine in as I think it is best to get in early is case of any issue with the form, there is often a last minute flurry with minor errors on forms and desperate attempts to contact people.

    Also I prefer to do the proxy even if going in case of any issues,

    5pm AEDT on Thursday 23 November 2017
     
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  5. DomainNames

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    When I look at that pile of lanyards my head does the calculations of the incredible cost!

    1. Where can people read the trip reports from all people auDA ( funded by .au domainname registrant consumers) and Government ( funded by taxpayers) have sent over the years?

    2. The ICANN junkets are very well talked about globally. Sure some people work at them but many do not give the true ROI justifying their attendance paid for by their organisations.

    3. Have a read here https://www.righttoknow.org.au/request/au_historical_financial_irregula
    and here
    https://www.google.com.au/search?sa...0....0...1..64.psy-ab..0.0.0....0.30nMIfDBniM


    http://www.domainmondo.com/2014/04/netmundial-2014-icann-party-time.html
    "NETmundial 2014, ICANN Party Time!

    Despite all the hype, NETmundial 2014 was a disappointment. The non-binding final text you can find here (pdf). But for ICANN, its insiders, staff, and lobbyists, it was just another expensive junket and excuse to party and waste money: "....The internet organisations, while they claim otherwise, are flush with cash. And ICANN is the plumpest cash cushion of them all, sitting on tens of millions of dollars. While drinking my 23 real beer, I was interrupted by what sounded like a loud and unnecessary PA system in the restaurant below. Sure enough, there was ICANN chairman Steve Crocker bellowing into a microphone. The organisation had bought out so much of the restaurant that it allowed ICANN to install its own sound system so its chairman could be heard over the noise of other people eating and talking to their friends and family. The cost would have been enormous, the value tiny. But when you have millions of dollars... Now there are those who can afford to fly around the world and stay in luxury hotels - and there are internet companies who depend on the status quo. And then there are the others, most of whom end up being funded by the very organisations they are supposed to keep in check. Committee members (lots of committees), fellowships, applicants. They get their flights, hotel rooms and food paid for. Even a daily stipend, payable in cash. But if you're not on the gravy train, well... You can come of course, but expect the bills to mount up. And don't expect special treatment. We don't know you. You could be anyone. When people leave the well-funded, er, internet network, you don't see them. They pop up a year or two later, after they have found a new position within the accepted hierarchy and the bills are covered. You can follow events online of course. Read the transcripts, watch the video. Welcome to the multi-spectator-model...." -- Kieren McCarthy, The Register

    Of course if you are on the ICANN gravy train, there's always the next junket to look forward to -- ICANN 50 in London in June! "

     
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