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37th IVU World Vegetarian Congress
Goa, India, September 10-16, 2006
Healthy Lifestyle - Vegetarian Way!

Alternative Accommodation

If you would like to find somewhere cheaper than the Radisson and register for just the Congress and meals, these suggestions were provided by Shankar Narayan, a local resident:

  1. There is a Hotel by name Club Mahindra Varca Beach, Goa at a distance of just 1 km from the Congress venue (15-20 minuutes' walk). They have offered a special rate of Rs.2600 (about US $ 60), standard room plus tax basis, per night against the rack rate of Rs.5000, for maximum 2 adults and 2 children under 6 years. This works out at US$ 420 for 7 nights and gives a saving of US$ 130 compared to stay at Radisson. Those interested can get more details from Reservations can be sent directly to addressed to Ms. Andrea. Reference may be made to my discussions with Ms. Andrea on Nov.10, 2005. In case interested parties contact me, based on confirmed participations, I can try to negotiate a still better rate.

  2. There are no other suitable hotels in the vicinity. Other hotels available are at a minimum distance of 4-5 kms from the venue and are more expensive. In addition, transportation will be a major problem.

  3. There are decent budget hotels in Margao, nearest town, (where I live) about 9 kms from the Congress venue. Tariff ranges from about US$15 without air-conditioning and about US$ 20 with air-conditioning, per night, for a standard room for 2 adults and 2 children. Again, based on confirmed participations, I can negotiate a better rate.

My suggestions are:

  1. First choice should be to stay at the Congress venue. It is a very good place at a very good rate. Cost is US $ 700 for 7 nights.

  2. Second choice is naturally Club Mahindra at US $ 420 for 7 nights .

  3. For those who do not want the above options, the best option is to stay in Margao (preferably in one hotel) at about US $100 to US $150 for 7 nights. Transportation can be arranged at a cost of US $ 100 (1 person traveling alone) or US $ 20 (8-10 persons traveling together). Better prices can be negotiated based on confirmed participations.

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