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Fortune Park Jp Celestial, Bengaluru
5/43 Race Course Road,
Bengaluru -560009,
Karnataka, India.
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Conference Hotel: Fortune Park JP Celestial at Bangalore

i. The conference has a negotiated rate of Rs. 4000+Taxes (19.42%) per day for single occupancy & Rs. 4500+Taxes (19.42%) for Double occupancy per day, both in the standard category. For the Club category the rates are Rs. 5000+ Taxes(19.42%) per day for single occupancy and Rs. 5500+ Taxes(19.42%) per day for double occupancy. The above tariff includes complimentary breakfast. Airport transfers could be organized on request at additional cost.

Booking can be made by directly contacting Mr. Sandeep Menon at , Tel: +91 80 40441234, Fax: +91 80 41476060, Mobile:  +91 94481 62042. Please quote “ANTS2012” to get the reduced negotiated rate.

ii. For those looking for alternate accommodation, bookings can be made at the nearby Fortune Select JP Cosmos
The rates are: Single Occupancy Rs.5500 + Taxes(19.42%) and Double Occupancy Rs. 6500  + Taxes(19.42%) per day  both in the standard category.

Booking can be made by directly contacting Mr. Mitish Verma  at , Tel:  +91 80 42434243, Mobile:  +91 97411 57037

iii. Other option close to the conference hotel is Hotel Taj West End
The conference attendees should contact the hotel directly for making a reservation.


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