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PITA 14TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
25-30 April 2010
PARTICIPANT GENERAL INFORMATION
The Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association 14th Annual General Meeting is to be held at the Kitano Mendana Hotel, in Honiara, Solomon Islands, from 26th April– 30th April 2010.
All members are welcome to attend.
The event is kindly HOSTED by
Meeting Dates: 26th – 30th April 2010

Venue: Kitano Mendana Hotel, Solomon Islands http://www.visitsolomons.com.sb/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=92%3Asolomon-kitano-mendana-hotel&catid=33%3Ahoniara&Itemid=72


  1. Tentative Program Schedule:




In conjunction with the AGM the following events are also to be held:

1. Telecom and ICT Conferences, Mini Workshops & Seminars


2. APT Telecommunications ICT Policy and Regulation Meeting for the Pacific

Details are available from the PITA AGM & Conference Agenda-Program




  1. Meeting Room Venue

The meeting venue will be at the Main Conference Room at the Kitano Mendana Hotel, Honiara, Solomon Islands. http://www.visitsolomons.com.sb/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=92%3Asolomon-kitano-mendana-hotel&catid=33%3Ahoniara&Itemid=72


  1. Registration

Participation at this meeting is exclusive to PITA, APT, APNIC, ICANN members and invited persons only.

All participants are required to pre-register using the PITA On-line Registration Form.


http://www.pita.org.fj/index.cfm?action=eventregistration&id=B0E18E48-1A64-2584-D8E19ED32CA9BB9E
Pre-registration deadline: March 26, 2010


  1. Name Badges & Admittance

Name badges will be at the Registration Desk during registration for the AGM. Name Badges are required for access to meeting venue and PITA social functions.


  1. Dress

Casual Business Attire, Ties discouraged, Bula/Aloha/Island Shirts encouraged



  1. Hotel Accommodation

We recommend participants to stay at the host hotel – Kitano Mendana Hotel

More information on the hotel can be found at this website http://www.visitsolomons.com.sb/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=92%3Asolomon-kitano-mendana-hotel&catid=33%3Ahoniara&Itemid=72


Booking Information.

Contact Person:    Group Reservations

                              Maggie Simi

Telephone:         +677 20071

Fax:                       +677 23942

Email:                    reserv@mendana.com.sb

Internet Access at their Business Centre
Room rates

Range from SB$900.00 – SBD1800.00 per room per night (less 15% for Telekom)

You can contact hotel directly for any other hotel information.
Rates: all in Solomon Island Dollar currencies.

Rates may have changed without notice.

Delegates are required to book directly with the hotels.



A list of alternative hotels is included at the end of this information.


  1. Transportation and Transfer from Airport to Hotel

Arrivals/departures – Host will organise pick up at Airport to hotel – Delegates are required to send their flight itinerary (flight no. time and date and name(s) to Rosa Kola (see email contact below), by no later than 8th April 2010.
Meeting times, functions - pickup from recommended hotel to Venue will be organised by host, including transportation for emergency needs.
8. Visa and Immigration Requirements

All travelers to Solomon Islands must have a valid passport for at least three months of the date of arrival. Please check with your travel agents the appropriate visas and documentation necessary for your entry into Solomon Islands.


Countries from the Pacific needing Visa to enter Solomon Islands are: Tuvalu, Nauru, Kiribati.

To assist delegates from these countries for VISA on Arrival, Application forms with copy of front page of passport are to be forwarded to Rose Kola (see contact information below) before 25th March 2010. Letter of approval will be faxed to each applicant that should be presented at immigration upon arrival.


Departure Tax


Departure taxes are normally included in tickets so just ensure that this is so with your tickets.
9. Climate

Solomon Island has a tropical warm climate but rainy in April; temperatures ranging between 31-35 degrees Celsius; some cool clothing is recommended and umbrella if staying in alternate venues.


Malaria Precautions - Participants need to prepare before travel, medical assistance is available for blood testing for malaria from a number of sources in Honiara
10. Electricity

Electricity voltage is 240 volts with pin configuration similar to Australia, NZ and most European countries. You are advised to take along your universal adaptor if you are from the USA, Japan or any other country with dissimilar pin configurations and voltages.



11. Currency

Solomon Island Dollars. International Banks operating in Honiara are Westpac, ANZ and BSB.

Their Buying Exchange rates is approximately SB$1.00: US$0.1333 or AUD0.1472

Major Credit Cards accepted at the hotel and other major outlets and ATMs.


12. Time

Local time is GMT +12hrs (00.00)


13. Communications and GSM Roaming

Our Telekom has roaming with the following operators



  • PNG BeMobile (PNG)

  • Cingular/AT&T (US)

  • Optus Australia (AUS)

  • Telstra Australia (AUS)

  • Vodafone Fiji (Fiji)

  • Vodafone Netherlands (The Netherlands)

  • Vodafone NZ expected in March 2010

  • Telecom NZ “

  • Japan “


14. About Honiara/Solomon Islands

If planning for a short holiday while in transit, Solomon Islands are known for its natural beauty and tropical climate and more commonly as a resort destination and Solomon Island hospitality. For more information please visit web sites on Solomon Islands: http://www.visitsolomons.com.sb




HOST CONTACT:

Steve Tusler: steve.TUSLER@telekom.com.sb

Joanne Unga: joanne.UNGA@telekom.com.sb

Bernadine Manuia: bernadine.manuia@telekom.com.sb

Savita Nandan:+67728603; email: nandansavita@yahoo.com





PITA CONTACT

[To be named]

Training & Field Operations Coordinator

Ph: +679 3311638, Fax: +679 3308750

Mobile: +679

Email: coordinator@pita.org.fj


Alternative Hotels


KING SOLOMON HOTEL

Room rate: $125 AUD—$160 AUD per night

Walking Distances to main shopping Center & PITA Conference.

Telephone—677-21205

Email: reservations@kingsolomon.com.sb

Prepay Internet Access available either via Hotspots or Business Centres
HONIARA HOTEL

Room rate: $891.00/night SBD. 25% discount applies upon confirmation of booking.

Telephone: 677-21737

Email: reservation@honiarahotel.com.sb

Prepay Internet Access available either via Hotspots or Business Centres

Also sells Bumble Bee Cards
HERITAGE PARK HOTEL

Across the road from Telekom HQ, next door to Mendana Hotel. Newly Built, walking distance to main meeting venue. Room rates ranges from $1320.00 - $2720.00 SBD per nite. Room type—Executive room to Presidential Suite.

Telephone: 677-24007

Email: reservations@hph.com.sb

Internet Access at their Business Centre

Heritage Park Hotel ONLY Hotel that caters for Halal Meals
Rates: all in Solomon Island dollar currencies. Rates may have changed without notice. Delegates are required to book directly with the hotels.

International Flights - currently, international flights are every week day from Brisbane (Solomon Air or Pacific Blue) or through Nadi, Fiji and PNG with limited services.
Solomon Airlines - Brisbane +61 7 38605361, Nadi +679 6722831
From the flight schedules, it would appear that the following may be popular
For ARRIVALS
Flight 1: Friday from Brisbane

CEO and senior levels – from Brisbane to Honiara: (IE708 Airbus 320) Friday 23 April depart Brisbane 0930am arrive Honiara 1345pm; Solomon Airlines


Flight 2: Saturday 24 April: from Fiji

From Fiji to Honiara: depart Nadi 1000am arrive Honiara 1100am

Flight No/Plane Type: IE707  Fokker 100; Air Niugini
No incoming flight on Sundays
Flight 3: Monday 26 April: from Brisbane and also from Fiji

(1) From Brisbane to Honiara; depart Brisbane 0930am arrive Honiara 1345pm

Delegates travelling this option will miss the AGM Session 1 but in time for the country reports

Flight no/Plane Type: IE708 Airbus 320; Solomon Airlines


(2) From Fiji to Honiara: depart Nadi 1000am, arrive Honiara 1100am

Flight No/Plane Type: IE707  Fokker 100; Air Niugini



For RETURNS
Flight 1: Wednesday 28 April: to Brisbane

From Honiara to Brisbane: depart Honiara 1445pm arrive Brisbane 1715pm

Flight No/Plane Type: IE700, Airbus A320; Solomon Airlines
No outgoing flights on Thursday
Flight 2: Friday 30 April: to Brisbane

From Honiara to Brisbane: depart Honiara 1445pm arrive Brisbane 1715pm

Flight No/Plane Type: IE700, Airbus A320; Solomon Airlines
No outgoing flights on Saturdays
Flight 3: Sunday 02 May: to Fiji

From Honiara to Nadi: depart Honiara 1345pm arrive Nadi 1445pm

Flight No./Plane Type: IE708, Fokker 100, Air Niugini
Flight 4: Monday 03 May: to Brisbane

From Honiara to Brisbane: depart Honiara 1445pm arrive Brisbane 1715pm



Flight No/Plane Type: IE700, Airbus A320; Solomon Airlines
NOTE
There is a weekly Tuesday flight NADI – HONIARA – NADI with stopover in Port VILA; by Air Pacific




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