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The Australian Sociology Association (TASA) 2015 Conference will be hosted by James Cook University which is located in Cairns, Queensland Australia.

The Conference venue city is one of Australia’s most sought out destination.  The stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome cement its reputation as Australia’s favourite visitor destination. Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of The Great Barrier Reef, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the region create the perfect backdrop for TASA 2015.

The TASA Conference venue will be the Shangri La Hotel Cairns.  The Hotel is only minutes from Cairns central shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities. The hotel is a 5 Star with 255 guest rooms, business centre, gym, sauna, spa, bar and restaurant.

Competitive Room Rates
The Conference Managers have negotiated competitive room rates for delegates at a variety of venues for Conference delegates.

Please note these are room only rates. Credit card details are supplied to the hotel at time of online booking as guarantee of room reservation.  Your accommodation booking can be completed when you register for the conference and payment will be deducted at the time of checkout at the end of the conference.

Shangri La
Pierpoint Road, Cairns
(Room Only) Free WIFI

  • Superior Room $180 per night
  • Superior Sea View $195 per night
  • Deluxe Marina View $230 per night

Rydges Plaza
50 Grafton Street, Cairns
(Room only) Free WIFI

  • Standard Room $159.00 per night.

Mantra on the Esplanade
53 – 57 The Esplanade, Cairns
(Minimum 3 night stay) WIFI – In-room internet access (charges apply)

  • City View Room $128
  • Ocean View Room $190
  • 1 Bedroom Apartment $158
  • 1 Bedroom Apartment Ocean View $228

Accommodation Cancellation Policy
Cancellation Policy
Any cancellations within 30 days to 48 hours prior to arrival will incur a one night fee.
Any cancellations within 48 hours of arrival will incur full accommodation booking fee.

Please note: if you do not arrive at the hotel on the specified date the hotel will hold the room for each paid night and all monies will be retained by the hotel.

All hotel accommodation bookings must be accompanied by credit card details in order to secure a reservation. Delegates must settle the balance of their account with the hotel concerned upon check out. The hotels may apply credit card surcharges upon check out if you choose to settle your account with your credit card. The credit card surcharge fee may vary according to the hotel.

How to Book Accommodation
Complete the Online Registration Process, which will open on May 18. The Conference Managers will forward your contact details, reservation and credit card details to the hotel of your choice.

Change of Booking
Any change to a reservation must be notified to the Conference Managers and not directly to the hotel. Please note that any changes should be made to the Conference Managers by 30 October 2015Click here to email.

Late Arrivals
Please indicate on your registration form or notify the Conference Managers in writing if you will arrive at your hotel after 1800 hours. Failure to do so may mean that your room will be released.

Check-in and Check-out Times

  • Shangri La Hotel: Check-in 2.00 pm and Check-out 10.00 am
  • Rydges Hotel: Check-in 2:00 pm and Check-out 10:00am
  • Mantra on the Esplanade: Check-in 2:00 pm and Check-out 10:00am

Should you wish to guarantee check-in before your choice of hotels check-in time, you will need to pre-book, and pay for the previous night.  If you wish to guarantee a late checkout you will need to book for the next night.  These additional nights can be booked at the time of making your reservation. If early check-in or late check-out is required please indicate on your registration form.

Hotel Check-in Procedures
As per standard hotel policies and procedures, delegates will be required to provide a credit card or full cash payment upon check-in. This is to cover any incidental charges incurred during your stay and all remaining unpaid room nights, regardless if your booking was guaranteed by a deposit to secure your booking.

Discount Accommodation

Please book the discounted accommodation directly with your venue of choice:

Global Backpackers – 67 The Esplanade (single rooms from AU$35)

The Bellview 85-87 The Esplanade (twin rooms from $55 & motel rooms from $59)

For more options, please search ‘budget accommodation in Cairns’.