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What is AKKA?
The Association of Kannada Kootas of America (AKKA) was inaugurated at the Kannada Sammelana in Phoenix, AZ on February 14, 1998. Its purpose was to act as a central organization dedicated to integrate, coordinate, network and unite the activities of all Kannadigas and Kannada Kootas in North America for the promotion and preservation of Kannada language and culture.

AKKA is a non-profit, secular, educational, linguistic, charitable and cultural organization, incorporated under the non-profit corporation act of the State of Florida and bears IRS tax exemption certificate no. US 501c with TAX ID: 59-3527607

Why is AKKA required?
Most language groups from India, settled in this continent have a principal American organization. One of the aims of the very successful Kannada Sammelana-98 held in Phoenix, AZ was to establish a North American central organization to coordinate the activities of all Kannadigas and Kannada Kootas in North America.

Many of those who participated in the Sammelana-98 expressed their wholehearted support for the formation of AKKA and when the organization was inaugurated, everyone felt an emotional attachment for it. The WMKC-2000 Conference in Houston, Texas immediately followed the creation of AKKA.

Where was the first AKKA conference held and when was it held?
The first AKKA World Kannada Conference (World Millennium Kannada Conference -WMKC 2000) was held in September 2000 in Houston, TX and about 2,200 people attended the conference.

Fourth AKKA World Kannada Conference (WKC 2006)

General Information

What is the Fourth AKKA World Kannada Conference?
After successful Kannada conferences of Houston, Detroit and Orlando, the Fourth AKKA World Kannada Conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from September 1 through 3, 2006.

How many people are expected to attend this event?
About 6,000 people from the U.S., India, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, UAE, Switzerland are expected to attend.

Where is the venue of this conference in Baltimore?
The venue of the conference is The Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

How do I get to the venue?
AIR Travel
Baltimore Washington International (BWI) - 20 Min drive.
Note: BWI is the recommended and nearest airport to the Convention Center.
National Airport (DCA) - Washington DC - 45 Min drive.
Washington Dulles International (IAD) - 1.15 hour drive

What is the Travel time in and around the Washington D.C. Metro region?
Washington D.C. downtown to Baltimore Convention Center- 45 minutes
National Airport (DCA) to Washington D.C. downtown - 30 minutes Washington Dulles International (IAD) to Washington D.C. downtown - 45 minutes

Any discounted Air Tickets are available ? Yes, AMERICAN AIRLINES -Discount Code: A4486AI
BRITISH AIRWAYS - only if travelling from India and if the London - USA leg of the tour is on American Airlines.
Advance booking on SouthWest Airlines may offer the lowest fares to Baltimore from most US cities.

Any agreement with car rental company during the convention?
Yes, We have negotiated a special discount rate with the AVIS rental car company (Code: AWD J995385).

Transportation is available between BWI airport and Convention Center/Wyndham Hotel?
Yes, Transportation is available on an hourly basis on Friday 9/1/06 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Monday 9/4/06 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The greater Baltimore/Washington area is a major tourist location for the country. How do I access information on tourist sites?
A. Baltimore is the largest city in the State of Maryland and is within easy driving distance of Washington DC and historic Annapolis, the capital of Maryland. Useful information is available at the websites listed below:

Baltimore, MD:

Washington DC:

Annapolis, MD

Is there any tour arranged before or after the convention? Yes, There will be one day Whirlwind tour from Baltimore Convention centet to Wasinhton Dc on Monday, September 4. Price per person is $55. Lunch will be provided once by the tour company.

Do you provide any transportation during the Conference?
Yes. Transportation from BWI airport to the Convention Center shall be available on Friday at a nominal cost. Transportation from Convention Center to BWI airport shall be available on Sunday at a nominal cost. Please visit Akka 2006 website http://www.akkaonline.org/2006 for latest information.


For more details about hotel visit our hotel links

Where can I stay during the conference?
We have made arrangements with the following hotels which are within walking distance of the convention center:
Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore
20 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Room Rate: $125.00 per night : Discount Code : AKKA

Please note that there are a limited number of rooms available at this rate and is on a first-come-first-served basis.
NOTE: Please use current information on the hotel accommodation

Are room charges included in the registration fee?
No, You must pay for the rooms on your own.

What is the room cancellation policy?
Please check with the hotel directly.

Registration Information

What are the registration fees?
The current registraion fee for adult is $175 till July 31st. The registration fee includes 3 daysx 3 times each day (breakfast, lunch, dimnner) delicious authentic karnataka food The current registraion fee for children betwee 6-12 : $120 until July 31st.

Can I claim tax benifit for the amount paid as donation for WKC 2006 Yes ( Note : Please make sure with your tax consultant)

What are the different donor categories?
Kannada Mitra: $500    FREE 2 Registration tickets
Kannada Datha: $1,000    FREE 4 Registrations tickets
Kannada Bandhu: $3,000    FREE 4 Registrations tickets and room for 3 nights
Kannada Premi: $5,000    FREE 4 Registrations tickets and room for 3 nights, half page advertisement and recognition on stage
Kannada Premi: $10,000    FREE 4 Registrations tickets and room for 3 nights,FULL page advertisement and recognition on stageand Limo transportaion to and from BWI Airport

Do you have a pro-rated fee schedule for the convention? Can I attend only one or two days of the conference ?
No, there is no partial registration policy. Although you may attend just a part of the convention, you are still required to pay the entire registration fee.

Is the registration fee refundable?

If cancell before April 1st 2006 refund amount : 90% of registration fee
If cancell before July 31st 2006 refund amount : 80% of registration fee
If cancell between August 1st and August 15th : 50% of rergistration fee
No refund if cancell after August 15

What are the different ways I can register?
Online registration using credit card (recommended) and online using check. Or you can mail a completed registration form with your check.

Is using Credit Card for online registration safe?
Yes. We use extremely secured 128 bit encryption technique to transmit sensitive information. You can see that our registration link changes to https:// as opposed to http:// when you go to online registration page. At this time no automatic email confirmation is sent by check method as we need to receive the check. Also you can see our Digital Certificate if you wish to do so in the page where you provide the Credit Card information.

What is included in the registration fee?
The registration fee includes admission to the 3-day convention, food and one souvenir per family. The registration fees does not include hotel accommodation charges.

What type of food will be served during the convention?
Authentic Karnataka vegetarian and non vegetarian food will be severed. .

Where can I get the latest information of the conference regarding the program schedule, artists and different forums ?
Please visit http://www.akkaonline.org/2006 for updated and latest information on all activities of the conference.

If you need help, any of the conference volunteers or coordinators will be always be available to assist you and make your visit to this beautiful and historic part of our country enjoyable and eventful one. Hospitality and Reception Committees can also assist you. You can contact us at contact us or call the toll fee number 1-877-WKC-2006

Arriving by car
The following parking garages are the most convenient to Wyndham and Radisson
Overnight Parking facilities closest to Wyndham/Radisson Hotel (Sorted by distance)

1)Wyndham Parking facility (under Wyndham Hotel)
This is also the parking facility for Radisson.
Cost: $27 per day.

2) Edison Park Fast (24 hour parking)
(Approximately 700 parking spots)
100 W. Fayette Street (directly across from Wyndham and Radisson)
Phone: 410-659-5824
Cost: $7.75 per day after 4:00 PM on Friday and all weekend.

3) Arrow Parking (24 hour parking)
(Approximately 400 parking spots)
210, W. Baltimore Street (opposite 1st Mariner Arena)
Cost: $10 per day.

4) Days Inn Garage (24 hour parking)
(Approximately 700 parking spots)
221, W. Lombard Street (opposite to Holiday Inn)
Cost: $15 per day

Overnight Parking facilities closest to the Marriott Hotel (Sorted by distance)

1. Marriott Hotel garage charges $15 per day for its guests

2. Days Inn Garage (24 hour parking)
(Approximately 700 parking spots)
221, W. Lombard Street (opposite to Holiday Inn)
Cost: $15 per day

3. Arena Garage (24 hour parking)
(Approximately 700 parking spots)
300, W. Lombard Street (opposite to Holiday Inn.)
Cost: $10 per day

During your Stay:

Getting to and from the Baltimore Convention Center:
The Baltimore Convention center is located 3 blocks from The Wyndham and Radisson Hotels, and 2 blocks from the Marriott. From the Wyndham either walk down Hopkins Place to West Pratt Street, or you can take the skywalk (open between 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM) which runs from the Federal Building to the Baltimore Convention center.

We will be running shuttle buses for the elderly, physically challenged, ladies with infants, expectant mothers and others in need of transportation.

Security will be visible all through the route between the hotels and the convention center.
If you are driving (commuting) to the Convention Center the following parking garages are convenient:

1. Central Parking
100, S. Charles Street
$10 per day.

2. Down Under Self parking
Hanover and W. Lombard
$10 per day

3. Days Inn Garage
221, W. Lombard Street
$15 per day

4. Arena Garage
300, W. Lombard Street
$10 per day

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