I've never been to Vancouver, so I don't know what the housing options are. But I wonder if there isn't some way to keep the nightly rate down. Maybe this could be addressed by having an official hostel/cheaper hotel? Perhaps UBC or some other institution has an inexpensive housing option (I've seen this at other universities).
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On Mar 2, 2010, at 7:49 PM, Dan Chudnov wrote:
> (c) in early years we emphasized keeping code4libcon cheap and have continued to succeed at that by using sponsorships to keep the registration fee low. It's good to be able to draw in students and people who are interested but not directly supported or who might choose to go on their own dime. These past two years the conf hotel rate has crept up some, with a good block rate but still well over $100/night. Vancouver's a more expensive town than any we've been in before, so I'd worry we'd be shutting some people out. I think there's been some kind of lower cost hotel or hostel option in every town, and surely there would be in Vancouver, but in a bigger town that means people are spread out more and then my concern (b) gets amplified, too.