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The GOVST-VII Annual Science Team Meeting

is hosted by our Indian collagues from INCOIS (Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services) and will take place in Kochi, India.

Kochi view


The registration is NOW OPEN!

Please note that the deadline for booking  accommodation is the 31 July 2016 (see further details below)!!


To arrange your participation in this event, please follow the instructions below:

  1. If you need an invitation letter for VISA purposes please contact the GOV programme office.
  2. Please complete the online registration form. This is mandatory!
  3. Arrange your hotel accommodation with the Holiday Inn in Kochi. The hotel will provide our meeting venue and we strongly encourage you to book a room here. To book your room please follow the instructions below. Please note that the deadline for booking the hotel using the special rate is the 31 July 2016. Any unused rooms will be released after this date and are subject to availability.

For any questions please read through the details below or contact the programme office.


Hotel pool


Our host has arranged a special rate room-block for attendees of the 7th GOVST Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Kochi. The hotel will also provide the meeting rooms and facilities for the event.

Hotel room

The Holiday Inn is located in central Kochi with good proximity to the city centre, Ernakulam Mainland City — the heart and transport hub of Kochi with three distinct parts: the Central Business District (CBD); Downtown providing the residential areas and businesses  and the Suburb which has many business and commercial areas.


Holiday Inn, Cochin
33/1739 A,
Chakkaraparambu Junction National Highway Bypass,
Cochin 682028

The Holiday Inn Cochin has contemporary designed spacious rooms and suites featuring a personal safe, fax facilities and a flat-screen TV with cable and pay channels. Tea/coffee making facilities and a minibar. En-suite bathrooms come with a bathtub and shower. It also offers a variety of dining options, an outdoor pool and a gym (complimentary). Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the hotel.



  • Reservation/Booking (needs a booking code)

To book accommation you need to provide a booking code and guests will be required to provide credit card details for making the booking.  Rates extend to 3 days before/after the meeting and include breakfast lunch and dinner in a pre-designated area.

Check-in: 14:00
Check-out: 12:00

Request to check in earlier/check out late should be made at the time of reservation. Both are subject to availability and additional charges may be applicable accordingly. All guests are required to produce photo identification/passport at the time of check-in.

Kochi view

Please contact the GOV programme office for booking details, code and contact information.


  • Hotel booking deadline

Please book your room by 31 July 2016 at the latest.


  • Cancellations

Cancelling your reservation before 6:00 PM (local hotel time) on Thursday, 3 November, 2016 will result in no charge. Cancelling your reservation after 6:00 PM (local hotel time) on 3 November, 2016, or failing to show, will result in a charge of 1 night per room to your credit card. Taxes may apply. Failing to call or show before check-out time after the first night of a reservation will result in cancellation of the remainder of your reservation.


Some useful info about Kochi

Language: Malayalam, the youngest in the Dravidian family. It is the official language of the State of Kerala, but English is widely spoken.

Religion: Hindus account for the largest comrnunity followed by Christians and Muslims. Kochi has also a small population of Jains, Jews, and Sikhs.

Time: (Indian standard Time + 5.30 hours GMT).

Altitude: Sea level.

Climate: The warm tropical climate recommends light cotton clothes, waterproofing is essential during monsoons.

Water: Drink only bottled mineral water. Drink boiled water, particularly during the monsoons.

Electricity: 220 volts. You'll require plug adapters. 

Banking Hours: (Week days) 10 am -2 pm; (Sat) 10 am- 12 noon. Some banks have evening counters. Banks remain closed on Sundays (with a few exceptions), and specified bank holidays . Certain banks also provide 24- hour ATM service.



Kochi-map-1                                         Holiday Inn location marked with red circle

From Cochin International Ariport to Kochi Center it is about 40 min by car. The airport is located North-East of Kochi (see map).

Tranfers to Kochi can either be made by using a

Pre-paid taxi service

Cochin Airport Taxi service

or buses,  low-floor bus service (timings).

A taxi is probably the easiest option if you are traveling in a small group (2-3 people). For airport or city transfers, the standard charge is INR ca 800 for a taxi, with an additional premium of 15-25% for fares at night (1900 - 0600).                       

From the COK Cochin International Airport to Ernakulam (where the Holiday Inn is located) it takes approximately an hour.