--On Friday, 09 March, 2007 09:35 -0500 Ray Pelletier
Thank you for your feedback.
We will take the following actions to address your concerns:
We will review appropriate government sites and leading travel
guides during the venue qualification process and selection.
We will also provide links to those sites when we announce
venues in the future so the community can investigate further
and take appropriate precuations.
This will be very helpful.
As I have suggested in another context, I would encourage you
and the IASA apparatus to consider, on a case-by-case basis,
whether going even a bit further might not be in order. For
example, while I would not have expected the Secretariat to
round up a Ducks or equivalent vehicles to ferry people across
unexpected lakes and rivers (formerly believed to be roads) in
Dallas, I would expect you to consider IETF-specific
arrangements for airport <-> hotel transport when that seems
justified by circumstances and can be predicted in advance.
Such arrangements need not be a big deal: if meeting hotels are
willing to make transport arrangements for attendees (as is
apparently the case here), you might figure out a way to
announce that and the way to make arrangements, as an option.
If some taxi or shuttle operation appears, on your
investigation, to have a particularly good reputation, you might
consult with them and recommend them explicitly (with or without
arrangements for some "IETF rate" or other accommodation).
Those are the sorts of things that "the community" cannot, in
general, do for itself -- the job has to be done by either the
local people or the IASA.
I don't think what I'm looking for is especially demanding or
out of line with normal arrangements for large meetings, but I
do think it is likely to be increasingly important as we have
IETF participants from an increasing number of locations and we
recognize that with meetings in those locations.
Your comments are constructive and inspire us to raise our
game. I know I will hear from you if we haven't.
Thanks. And, yes, indeed -- someone has to play the curmudgeon
role around here :-)
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