IEEE 802.16 Session #51

IEEE 802.16's Session #51 was held on 17-20 September 2007 at the NH Hotel Málaga in Málaga, Spain. This was an Interim Session of the Working Group. The Member Host is Gordon Antonello, with AT4 wireless as Corporate Host. The site was selected during Session #46 in November 2006 based on a contributed description of Malaga. A detailed description was later provided.

Summary and Key Outcomes
288 people attended the session. For full details of the activities, see the Session #51 Report.

Meeting Schedule
Session #51 opened at 11 am on Monday and closed around 9 pm on Thursday. The meeting schedule is posted on the IEEE 802.16 Interactive Calendar.

Information Packet
The host provided an information packet addressing logistical issues such as travel, transportation, meeting space, restaurants, and touring. This was available at the meeting.

You could choose between three hotels all situated in the city center of Málaga. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at special rates in all three hotels until mid-August 2007. Reservations received after the cutoff date was honored at this rate based on hotel availability.

Registration The registration fee is US$340 until 27 August 2007 and US$450 afterwards. Use the on-line registration system. You may pay your registration fee with a major credit card; however, please note that American Express cards are not accepted. If you need to cancel, please contact Jacqueline Casini.

Wednesday Social Event
Registrants are invited to a social event on the evening of Wednesday 19 September 2007.

Flying in
You will be arriving at the Málaga International Airport "Pablo Picasso" (AGP). Transfer between the airport and the hotels is approximately 8 kilometers.

Rental Cars
Rental cars are available at the Málaga Airport from Sixt, Hertz, Avis, and Alamo.

The host will provide, on request, an invitation letter for visa applications. To request a letter of invitation download this invitation letter in English or this invitation letter in Spanish to your computer, input all required information, then save it. Send the completed form as soon as possible to Rocio Vega Escobar with your contact details so that you can get your visa in time for your trip. Please, state in your email whether you need a hard copy to be send by courier (on reverted charge) or just a PDF of the letter by email.

The average temperature in Málaga in September is 81F (27C).

Tourist information
Málaga has been enriched by various different civilizations that passed by and left their traces in our unique lands.

Málaga, with the name 'Malaka' (fish salting place), was founded by the Phoenicians about 800 BC and was used as a commercial enclave, following the colonization that had been initiated 1100 BC by the foundation of Gadir (Cádiz).

70 years of after the Greek domain, Malaga was dominated by the Carthaginians. After the Punic Wars that finished in 202 B.C. with the Roman victory, Málaga fell under Roman domain and was named Flavia Malacita.

Converted into an important point of passage, Málaga was connected with other Roman centers on the Peninsula and harbors of the Mediterranean Sea.

Major sights in the center include the cathedral and several churches, each with its own distinctive style. With over twenty museums, fifteen of them grouped together in the same area, Málaga has become a true City of Museums. With the incorporation of new projects (Wine Museum, Heritage Museum, Fine Arts Museum and the Holy Week Museum), its Historical Quarter alone will have as many as twenty-three museum facilities, making Málaga one of the cities with the highest density of museums in its Historical Quarter.

Your itinerary can be theme-based or simply focussed on the most important. We can guarantee that there are options to suit everyone's tastes, from religious art to the most contemporary artistic expressions, like the Contemporary Art Centre , as well as popular art and interactive museums.

Spain's celebrated painter, Pablo Picasso, was born in 1881 in the corner house of an elegant yellow-toned block on Plaza de la Merced. His birthplace was declared an historic-artistic monument in 1983 and in 1991 it became the headquarters of the Picasso Foundation. The centerhas been created to foster cultural activities, including the promotion of contemporary art with a special emphasis on Picasso himself. You can visit also the Picasso Museum in the City Center.

More information about Málaga and the Costa del Sol can be found here.

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