endlcom at ibm.net
Fri Aug 28 22:31:00 PDT 1998
* From the T10 (formerly SCSI) Reflector (t10 at symbios.com), posted by:
* "Dal Allan" <endlcom at ibm.net>
ENDL Pacific Technologies will be hosting T10 in 2000. This meeting will
involve long range planning for those who plan to attend and need to make
arrangements which combine vacation time with business activities.
Accordingly, I have accelerated the cycle of selection, and made preliminary
commitments with the Marriott Resort at Surfers Paradise.
This Five Star hotel was selected as the "Best Resort" in Queensland for
1998, and has a wall of trophies and plaques for previous years from Tourist
Boards and magazines.
Surfers Paradise is on the East Coast of Australia, and lies about halfway
between Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef. The Marriott is unique in being
able to offer those unable to visit the Reef a substitute experience; it has
the only salt water lagoon in the country. There is a coral reef in the 1.7
million litre (4 million gallons) lagoon which has sandy beach areas
situated to catch morning and afternoon sun. The lagoon is stocked with
tropical fish so guests can play at being Dr Doolittle as they scuba dive or
snorkel or swim amongst the fishes.
Surfers Paradise is one of the communities along many miles of white beach
front, a stretch that is known as the Gold Coast. Brisbane is an hour to the
north, and has no beaches. It used to be a mangrove swamp and wetlands where
the river met the sea until progress reshaped the area. Brisbane is a
picturesque city with a broad river winding through it, and has a vibrant
downtown with an excellent shopping district and a strong business
community. The sand starts again less than an hour beyond Brisbane at the
Sunshine Coast, which is gateway to hundreds of miles of beaches all the way
up to Cairns.
This is a sub-tropical climate and January is the height of summer, so bring
lots of loose fitting clothes. You need long sleeved and collared
shirts/blouses to protect your arms and neck from the burning rays
(sunstroke can be deadly and a sunburn will ruin your vacation). Remember,
you are very close to the equator.
If you are going to attend T10 and plan to take your wife (to save your
marriage), I suggest you investigate the coach tours that run to/from
Cairns. They include accommodation and provide ample time to explore the
Great Barrier Reef and the rain forest areas of up north. If you left here
before New Year, you could catch the first tours in 2000 and still attend
T10. They last about 7 days and do not run between Christmas and New Year if
I remember correctly.
Australia uses dollars, and exchange rates vary with the economy. Things we
take for granted as being cheap are on the expensive side (computers and
electronic consumer goods). Rental cars are also higher than we are used to
because the CDW is a required part of the rate (that may be due to the body
damages incurred by U.S. travelers used to the 'other' side of the road).
January is the peak season for travel, but unlike Europe in August, the
whole country does not shut down. Accommodations are typically not a problem
outside of prime tourist areas. If you decide to do some relaxed touring,
take no chances by booking at least a day ahead.
Cars and rooms are air conditioned. The most popular cars are the Ford
Falcon and GM Holden. The Toyota Camry is better for tourists, as the
slightly smaller size helps you transition to the opposite side of the road.
Flag Hotels is the local equivalent to Best Western, and can provide
accommodation in most of the areas you are likely to visit. Do not
underestimate distances and travel time. There are only partial stretches of
freeway between Sydney and Brisbane so don't even consider trying to make
the 500 mile run in one day. Plan on a pleasant 2-day drive which will give
you a little time to play tourist.
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Accredited Standards Committee Meetings
(T10 and Friends)
JANUARY 10-14, 2000
HOSTED BY: ENDL Pacific Technologies
LOCATION: Marriott Resort
150 Ferny Ave
ROOM RATE: A$220/night (no tax and no parking charges)
At the current exchange rate this is < US$125
GROUP NAME: T10
CUTOFF DATE: tbd
WARNING: If you call the Marriott 800 number here in the U.S. to
make your reservation you can expect to pay as much as
double the above rate plus pay the meeting fee as well.
MEETING FEE: For those who stay at a different hotel or are not under
the T10 group reservation, there will be a meeting fee
DIRECTIONS: First, check your mileage account.....
All international flights land in Sydney, but with QANTAS you also have a
choice of Cairns as a gateway. United and other airlines typically have
code-sharing with Ansett Airlines. Ansett and QANTAS both offer promotional
rates for local travel if you buy your tickets before departure.
Brisbane is an hour plus flight from Sydney and Surfers Paradise is about an
hour south by car.
Alternatively, you can fly into the local airport of Coolangatta, and take a
cab to the hotel.
More to follow as the time approaches.
HOST CONTACT: Dal Allan (408-867-6630 or endlcom at ibm.net)
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