The 2019 Biarritz International AA Convention held in Biarritz, S.W.France takes place from 10 to 13 October 2019. Biarritz is known as the Queen of resorts and the Resort of Kings (thanks to visiting European Royalty in a previous, and this century) and as the European and French Capital of Surfing. The Biarritz region is also known as France’s California. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the Convention.
Q. What about on-site registration?
A. On-site registration will be set up at the Belambra Biarritz-Anglet Hotel Lobby and will open on Thursday 10 October 2018 at 3 p.m. (15h00)
Q. How much will registration cost?
A. The discounted pre-registration fee is €35.00 (euro) when paid online before 30 August 2019. After 30 August 2019 the online and on-site registration fee will be €42.00 (euro) in cash.
Q. How much is registration for one day?
A. A special 'One-Day' registration fee amount of €20.00 (euro) is offered to attendees attending for just one day, and is payable in cash at the event registration desk.
Q. Must everyone register? I thought I didn’t have to pay to go to an A.A. event.
A. Yes. Everyone must register. Attendance at this special celebration is voluntary and, as responsible A.A. members, “we pay our own way.” The Biarritz International Convention is paid for by those A.A. members who participate in it.
AL-ANON, do Al-ANONSs have meetings at this A.A. event.
A. Yes. Everyone must register. Attendance at this special celebration is voluntary and, as responsible AL-ANON members, “we pay our own way.” The Biarritz International Convention is paid for by those A.A. and AL-ANON members who participate in it.
YPAA What IS YPAA and are meetings available for YPAAs? Yes YPAAs have meetings at this A.A. event.
A.YPAA comes from Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous. By this we mean someone who has become an alcoholic or someone who has gotten sober at an early age, or an alcoholic who is young at heart. Any members of AA, who are willing to grow in their sobriety, are young alcoholics. Everyone must register. Attendance at this special celebration is voluntary and, as responsible Y.P.A.A. members, “we pay our own way.” The Biarritz International Convention is paid for by those Y.P.A.A. members who participate in it.
Q. Can registrations be refunded?
A. No. There is a no-refund policy for registrations, however you may transfer a paid registration to someone else.
Q. Is the Seventh Tradition practised?
A. Yes. the Seventh tradition is practised only at Speaker Meetings, and receipts go to AA Global/GSO, Event costs are funded from the registration fees and raffle ticket sales.
Q. Can travel agents register groups or individuals?
A. No. Payments from travel agencies to register groups or individuals will not be accepted.
Q. What is the general schedule for the Convention?
A. The convention begins on Thursday evening and ends Sunday. Pre-event and post-event meetings are scheduled for those who arrive early and/or stay over late.
An event banquet/buffet meal will take place in the Hotel’s dining room on Saturday evening. at 19h00.
Saturday night and Sunday night meals MUST be booked with the hotel before 30 September.
Q. Who are the Speakers?
A. All convention Speakers are long-time members of the program, with many years of recovery.
Q. What if I have questions regarding my reservations?
A. The telephone number for hotel reservations is +33 (0)177 709 131, Email contact is email@example.com. For any changes or cancellations, please contact this or your hotel and/or accommodation choice directly.
Q. What about RVs and Campsites?
A. RV and campsite information is available on the Anglet Tourisme website
Q. Will local transportation be available?
A. Yes, reliable local public bus transport services the entire Biarritz-Anglet area as well as the adjoining communities of Bayonne, Bidart, Tarnos and St Jean de Luz. A Full day unlimited pass costs €2.00. Public transport services are available from Biarritz and adjacent airports. Complete information on local transport is available here
Free shuttle bus services, known as ‘Navettes’, are available in Biarritz, Anglet and Bayonne. The Navettes provide free service throughout Biarritz, Bayonne, and Anglet, on a fixed schedule throughout the day and evening.
If not staying at the convention venue hotel, most members will be within easy walking distance or a very short ride on public transportation from their accommodations. Available optional hotels for this event Can be identified with the help of Anglet and Biarritz Tourisme offices in English.
Q. Will there be shuttle/transfer service?
A. Yes. A limited shuttle service is available to and from the Biarritz airport and train station. Your hotel can arrange any other transfer services required.
Q. What about special airline rates?
A. Biarritz is well served by lo-cost airlines from European centers such as London, Paris, Madrid, Copenhagen, Dublin, Geneva, Birmingham and others. Car rentals are available at the Biarritz airport and elsewhere. Full information is available on the Biarritz Tourisme website
Q. Where can I find information about crossing the border into France for this event?
A. As an attendee to an AA international convention you would be considered a visitor for tourism purposes. For accurate, specific and up-to-date information about visas and travel into France, visit the ‘France in the UK’ and/or the ‘France in the USA’ (English-language) website.
Q. Will there be scooters available for physically-challenged attendees?
A. Scooters and wheelchairs are available for rent and there are Special Needs-Accessibilities Hospitality areas located at the Convention hotel. If you have difficulty walking long distances, then you may want to arrange for a scooter or wheelchair. You can reserve this in advance by checking out the Biarritz Tourism website
Q. Is it hot in Biarritz?
A. October is one of the best months for sunshine and great waves for surfing, with average highs around 21° centigrade and lows around 13° centigrade. It can be hot outdoors in the direct sun so be prepared for cool temperatures indoors, the air-conditioning will be on. Biarritz weather forecasts are available here We look forward to welcoming you to Biarritz and to celebrating the Biarritz - Back To Basics convention together!