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T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Unveils Inviting New Tropical Venue For Fall 2011 Event & Cancels Plans for a San Francisco Show in March + Another Appeal Fails for ICANN's Fowlie

Fresh off their fabulous 2010 South Beach show in Miami, T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference Co-Founders Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu have announced a new venue for their next show October 16-19, 2011 in South Florida. They will be moving a few miles up the beach to the posh new Ritz Carlton Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach.  

The organizers said that registration for what will be T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s 22nd show will be opening up in the days ahead with early bird rates that will offer a discount of close to 50%. 

The Ritz Carton Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Florida will host
the next T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference in October 2011

View of the beach from the lobby at the Ritz Carlton Ft. Lauderdale Beach

T.R.A.F.F.I.C. has reserved all of the cabanas at the Ritz Carlton (above)
 for their October 16-19, 2011 conference. 

View of the Atlantic Ocean from one of the Ritz Carlton's cabanas. Both the cabanas and the 
hotel pool are located on the 6th floor giving guests a spectacular elevated view of the beach.
(three photos above courtesy of Barbara Neu)

While announcing the October show, Schwartz and Neu also announced they had decided not to proceed with a conference they had been considering staging in San Francisco in March on dates that would have been adjacent to the 40th International ICANN meeting there. Neu said, "We had a specific agenda, with a specific goal that could only work at the proper venue. After we held an exhaustive search and then sent out a poll a few weeks ago to see what most folks thought, it became clear that the interest to connect domainers with ICANN was not really there to have a meaningful and impactful show and on the heals of the other shows, just did not make sense."

Elsewhere today, ICANN Ombudsman Frank Fowlie, who was involved in an ugly flap aboard an Air Canada flight in 2009, has had another appeal to the Canadian Transportation Agency rejected. The embarrassing affair started when Fowlie (who will be leaving ICANN this month) got into an argument with first class cabin flight attendants after his meal was served late. That resulted in the airline banning him from boarding a connecting flight in Montreal.  

Fowlie filed a complaint with the CTA after being forced to wait a day to travel, but as Kevin Murphy of DomainIncite.com reported last February, the CTA dismissed the complaint saying Fowlie failed to provide enough evidence that he had been mistreated. Fowlie then filed a new complaint asking the CTA not to publish his name in their public report announcing the February decision. That complaint was also rejected last July. 

Undeterred Fowlie decided to swing for the fences one more time and filed another appeal of the original decision, based on new evidence - that being a statement from Mary Ann Mulhern, who was described as Dr. Fowlie's "traveling companion" (a report on the web indicates she became his wife a few months after the brouhaha on the Air Canada flight (photo of the couple).

As was the case with his first two appeals, it was another swing and a miss for Fowlie as the CTA ruled that the new "evidence" was not persuasive enough for them to revisit their original decision. The new ruling noted, "The Agency finds it improbable that Ms. Mulhern's witness statement was not discoverable or available to Dr. Fowlie with exercise of due diligence on his part before the Initial Decision was issued." Given that his "traveling companion" was a woman who would soon be his wife, it certainly looks like the CTA got that call right. Thanks to George Kirikos for the heads up on the latest decision.

(Posted Jan. 3, 2011) 


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