The question, of course, is where exactly will these meetings take place…
The logistics of holding an ICANN meeting are quite daunting, to put it mildly.
The city would need to have an international airport, or be close to one.
Of course you’d also need to have a big hotel to hold all of the attendees, ICANN staff and good conference facilities.
At the technical level the requirements are quite detailed and include specifics of the number of IP addresses, bandwidth etc.,
If you’re fascinated by the logistics of these kind of events you can download the full spec from the ICANN site.
One part of the document, however, did amuse me.
When talking about hotel prices:
Hotels should be available in a variety of price ranges to accommodate those travelling on a limited budget
So what about Delhi?
The document goes on to say:
..past hotels have ranged from USD$130.00 to USD$210.00
Interesting that, when you consider how much it actually costs in most major European cities (Lisbon being an exception, rather than the rule), while the prices in Delhi were more than double that.
So which European cities are likely to step up to the plate?
Past meetings have been held in Paris, Lisbon, Luxembourg, Berlin , Bucharest and Rome.
What about Madrid?
London is obviously a good hub as well.
It would be wonderful if it was held in Ireland, but I don’t think any of the hotels in Dublin are big enough (though I could be wrong) in terms of conference space.
Then again, Europe is a big place, so who knows which country will play host, though I’m pretty sure I’ll attend in any case.