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ARRC2017: date and venue announced

9 February 2016

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While you have all been patiently waiting, we have been very busy behind the scenes with plans for ARRC2017. We are thrilled to announce that we have now signed a contract with our venue, and can reveal the details to you!

Rydges exterior_200The fifth biennial Australian Romance Readers Convention will be held at Rydges Melbourne from Friday 24 February to Sunday 26 February 2017.

We have moved the date back into February as March is an extremely busy month in Melbourne and it was impossible to find a date where we could secure good accommodation rates.

Rydges Melbourne is a 4-star hotel, located on Exhibition Street on the eastern edge of the CBD in what is called the ‘theatre district’. It is also right around the corner from Chinatown.

We have secured a great accommodation rate for our delegates with Rydges, and it includes a full buffet breakfast. A queen room will be $230 per night (with one breakfast), and a twin room will be $250 per night (with two breakfasts). Best of all they have 65 twin rooms available, which means plenty of rooms for those who want to share to keep costs down. (But better grab one while you can!)

To book you will need to call Rydges on 03 9662 0511 (week days) and press 1 for reservations. Be sure to quote the code H-ARR2017 to receive the discounted rate.

Our next step is inviting keynotes; the invitations will go out this week. We hope to have our first keynote speaker locked in so that we can announce them at the awards dinner on 19 March. We are excited to start work on the program for ARRC2017; we plan to keep all the very best ideas from previous conventions and we have a few new ideas to incorporate as well.

We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne for ARRC2017!

(Update: you can find all the details on the ARRC2017 program here, and tickets are on sale here. Full details are are available on our website.)

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  2. 9 February 2016 11:09 pm

    Fabulous! Love Melbourne.

  3. 9 February 2016 6:25 pm

    Looks fabulous! Can’t wait!

  4. 9 February 2016 4:01 pm

    Yay! All booked. Now I need to invite a writer buddy to join me…This will be my first ARRA conference, but at least it’s in my state!

  5. 9 February 2016 11:24 am

    Woohoo just booked our room YAY 🙂

    Have Fun

  6. 9 February 2016 11:23 am

    Looks fantastic! Can’t wait for my first ARR. 🙂

  7. 9 February 2016 11:20 am

    Great location. I’m so excited for ARRC2017.

  8. lynette williams permalink
    9 February 2016 11:05 am

    counting down——Lyn

  9. 9 February 2016 9:57 am

    This is SO exciting!!! Can’t wait 🙂 x

  10. 9 February 2016 9:23 am

    Looks fantastic! I’ll be there 🙂 Thank you to all the committee for all your hard work in organising the convention.

  11. 9 February 2016 8:40 am

    Yippee. Love the ARRA conventions.

  12. Malvina permalink
    9 February 2016 8:35 am

    Awesome! I’ve locked it in. Thankyou!

  13. 9 February 2016 7:39 am

    Oh, that looks fabulous. Thanks for all your hard work, committee. Looks like we’ve got another winner coming up.

  14. 9 February 2016 7:31 am

    RAH! How exciting. Great location. Looking forward to another wonderful ARRC.

  15. 9 February 2016 7:25 am

    Woohoo can’t wait for it all to begin 🙂

    Thanks heaps

    have Fun

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