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Technical Plenary and WG Meeting Week
Hotel Royal Casino / Cannes-Mandelieu FRANCE
1-5 March 2004


W3C hosts this five day event once a year to allow Working Groups (WG) and Interest Groups (IG) to hold their face to face meetings in one place and have the opportunity to meet and liaise with participants from other groups. See Past Meetings section below for more info.

W3C thanks the 2004 Technical Plenary Premium Sponsors, IBM and Sun Microsystems, for their generous support.

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Participation is open to people involved in W3C activities. If you are a participant in good standing in a W3C Working or Interest group, you should either have a member account with us, or have a public account that will let you use the registration form below.

All meeting participants are expected to register for each meeting they plan to attend as either a group participant or an observer (some groups may not permit observers).

ONLINE REGISTRATION is open until 23 February 2004.

The Wednesday plenary session is open to the WG and IG participants but also by invitation to guests (e.g. potential members, external liaison contacts). The invitation should come from the staff or the W3C offices staff.

For the Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday WG and IG meetings, participation is subject to each group's policy. Please contact the WG or IG Chair for information about participation policy.

Consult the list of Working Group Chairs (Member-only).


Fourteen meeting rooms have been reserved to accommodate W3C Working Group (WG) and Interest Group (IG) face to face meetings.

The overall schedule follows the usual WGs-TP-WGs pattern:

All rooms will be available from 8am to 6pm, with registration open from 8:00-9:00, coffee break available from 10:00-11:00 and 15:00-16:00 and lunch break from noon to 2pm. Each group should take care of providing their exact daily agenda (start time, end time, break time) to their participants.

Related: W3C Events Calendar (Member-only)

Room Allocation and Schedule

See the separate page on TP4 Meetings room allocation table for details.

Comm Team presence

The W3C Communications Team will be available for discussions connected with Working Group milestones, proactive press work, and Publishing questions. Please contact Janet Daly <janet@w3.org> for more information.

Venue - Royal Hotel Casino Cannes-Mandelieu, France

Local organizers: W3C Europe/ERCIM Sophia Antipolis

Meeting location:

Royal Hotel Casino ****
605 avenue du Général de Gaulle
06210 Mandelieu la Napoule
Tél. : +33 (0)4 92 97 70 00
Fax : +33 (0)4 93 49 51 50

Meeting details:

A reservation form is provided here.

Alternate hotels

Hotel Acadia **, Mandelieu, France

Hotel Acadia home page.Please note that Hotel Acadia is closed from Nov. 11, 2003 until Dec. 27, 2003

681 avenue de la Mer
06210 Mandelieu la Napoule
Tel : 33 (0)4 93 49 28 23
Fax : 33 (0)4 92 97 55 54

Hostellerie du Golf ***, Mandelieu, France

Hostellerie du Golf home page.

780 avenue de la Mer
06210 Mandelieu la Napoule
Tel : 33 (0)4 93 49 11 66
Fax : 33 (0)4 92 97 04 01

Hotel Ermitage du Riou ****, Mandelieu, France

Ermitage du Riou home page.

avenue Henri Clews
06210 Mandelieu-La-Napoule FRANCE
Tel : (33) O4 93 49 95 56
Fax : (33) O4 92 97 69 05

Transportation Details

Nice International Airport is the closest international airport to the meeting site. The Royal Hotel Casino is located about 20 miles from the airport. The travel time between the airport and the hotel (meeting site) will vary between 30 minutes to one hour depending on traffic conditions. Taxi fares will range between 45-60 Euros.

Please Note: All events will take place at the hotel. There is a small harbor village nearby and Cannes croisette is a 5 min cab ride.

By car:

If you are renting a car at the airport, please take the highway A8 to the West, in the direction of Cannes and Aix en Provence. This is a toll road.

Pass both the Cannes and Cannes La Bocca exits, to Exit 40, Mandelieu La Napoule. As you exit, you will take an obligatory right turn after ~100M, and then, shortly thereafter, turn right again at the traffic signal. Continue on that road until it ends at a T intersection. Turn Left. Now proceed to the end of that road at a golf course, just after a small bridge over the river La Siagne. Turn Right. Proceed with the golf course on your left. In ~100M, when you see a road on your right and a road on the left going up, take the road going up on the left for about 10 meters to a T. You will see the water front here. Turn Right. The hotel is on your left: proceed about 50M, until you can turn left into the entrance of the hotel.

By train:

If you are using the railways note that there is a train station "Mandelieu La Napoule" but that not all trains stop there. The nearest train station where all trains stop is "Cannes".

See the Les Arcs - Nice (west-east) Nice - Les Arcs (east-west) train timetables.

For example, the first two morning TER trains that stop in Mandelieu La Napoule arrive at 7.22 a.m and 8.34 a.m. The last evening TER trains departing from Mandelieu La Napoule are scheduled at 5.45 p.m. and 7.11 p.m.


Morning break, lunch, and afternoon refreshments will be provided all five days.

Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday: 12:00-2:00 pm - Buffet Lunch
It will be at the discretion of group Chairs to decide when their groups will break for lunch, 12:00-1:00, 12:30-1:30, etc.

Wednesday: 12:00 - 1:30 pm - Buffet style with BOF Table

A sign-up sheet will be posted at the registration desk if you would like to organize a lunch-time BOF discussion table. Please sign up early; there may be space limitations.

If you would like to organize an evening event, please work with the hotel directly.

You also have the possibility to have dinner outside the Hotel. Here are the restaurants with which we have made arrangements in order to grant good prices to the people wearing the meeting badge:

"Ermitage du Riou"in front of the Royal Hotel Casino (good standing restaurant) home page

Avenue Henry Clews,
06210Mandelieu la Napoule
Tel: +33 (0)4 93 49 95 56
Fax: +33 (0)4 92 97 69 05

Menu at 25 euros per person with starter, main dish and dessert. (Two glasses of red wine and coffee available with an extra 5 euros. An apperitif will be offered if you book the day before.)

"Le Boucanier" (500 meters away from the hotel, in the direction of La Napoule, same side as hotel)

Port Mandelieu
06210 Mandelieu La Napoule
Tel: +33 (0)4 93 49 80 51

From 29 February until 7 March, the meeting participants will benefit a 13% reduction of their bill. This reduction applies for lunch and dinner.


Past Meetings

This will be the fourth Technical Plenary/All group meeting hosted by W3C.

Past meetings dates and locations:

Contacts and Program Committee

Appendix: Group Responses

See the results of the request for information (W3C Member-only link) about participating group