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Dear MSA Colleagues,


It is amazing how quickly 2017 is drawing to a close and we are moving towards the 2018 Congress at the Sant'Anna Institute in beautiful Sorrento. Louise and I visited the Institute in October and were amazed at the extraordinary restoration progress Sant'Anna has made since out previous visit. The meeting rooms have been beautifully remodeled and are fully equipped with the latest technology. We are sure you are all going to be impressed and pleased with the lovely and historic facility in which the 2018 Congress will be held.




Hotels are very expensive in Sorrento and many are already fully booked for the month of June, that is the bad news. The good news is that there are many hotels (over 200 hotels in Sorrento) not located in the city center that have rooms at a much more reasonable price. There are also many B&B’s and apartments that can be found at a reasonable price (many on Airbnb). Louise and I had made a reservation at the Plaza Hotel at the ridiculous price of $300 a night. We canceled that reservation and found an apartment five minutes from the Institute with a balcony and view of the Bay of Naples for 135 Euros a night. We also visited the Hotels Tirrenia and Ulisse that are on the website. They are good looking hotels very close to each other and offering discounts if you use the code found on the website. In sum, the housing situation is not nearly the concern we thought it would be, but we still urge you to not delay in making your hotel reservations (most have generous refund policies). The Amalfi Peninsula is the among the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.




We have had a vast amount of interest in the Congress Post Tour which seems to grow more popular each year. We made an original reservation for 20 rooms at the two hotels we will use. Only two of those rooms remain, we have many requests for singles rooms. We have been able to obtain five additional rooms at both hotels, so we now have seven rooms remaining. We do not think it is going to be possible to obtain additional rooms at the hotel in Paestum. Consequently, we urge those who are planning on joining the post tour, but have not done so, to not delay, the remaining space is very limited. We had many disappointed people in Malta last June who we could not accommodate because we ran out of available hotel rooms. So, if you plan to join the tour, please do not delay and avoid being disappointed.



MAY 29 -JUNE 1


We look forward to meeting Professor Stelios Panagiotakis, President of the 2019 Congress, who will be attending the 2018 Congress in Sorrento, as the Representative of the University of Crete Rethymnon.


Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season,


Ben Taggie

Executive Director

Mediterranean Studies Association

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