Konkani Sammelan 2020 - COVID-19 Coronavirus Update.

Travel & Checklist

To make it easier for each of you, here are some things for you to think about and plan for. 

1) Hotel Reservations: 

The nearest hotels, are the Hilton San Jose and the Hyatt Place, San Jose. We have negotiated special rates with both hotels for our attendees. The Hilton San Jose is directly connected with the San Jose Convention Center, where most of the Sammelan events will be held, and the Hyatt Place is a short walking distance from the Convention Center.

Here is additional information about each of the hotels.

Hilton Fact Sheet

Hyatt Place Brochure

The direct links for the reservations for both the hotels will be available in the last week of July 2019.

Please verify your reservations, the location of the hotel and the check in/ check out dates.

2) Hotel Parking

A special overnight parking rate of $15/night has been negotiated with both hotels for overnight guests.

3) Convention Center Parking

For those of you who will not be staying at either of the Hotels, the San Jose McEnery Convention Center has available parking in different areas, as per the enclosed map.

Convention Center Parking

4) Travel Arrangements

We have negotiated special discounts for air travel to the Bay Area on American, Delta, and United for all attendees to and participants of the Sammelan through Skypass Travel (www.skypasstravel.com). The discounts range from 2% - 10% depending on airline and type of fare purchased.  This is an exclusive offer made available by SKYPASS TRAVEL for those flying into San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland.  Air Airline tickets can be purchased after Monday, August 6th, 2019 online directly at each airline’s website or by calling SKYPASS TRAVEL.  

A special Code (different for each airline) must be used in order to secure the discounted fare.


AMERICAN27June – 11July, 2020USA, Canada, Europe, and India

5%(excludes Basic Economy Fares)

Promotion Code:5660DE



($10 Convenience Fee applies)

DELTA25June – 13July, 2020

2% - 10%

(varies based on fare type used)

Meeting Code:NY2WQ

UNITED27June – 11July, 2020

2% - 10%

(excludes Basic Economy fares)

Offer Code: ZH9U639199www.united.com/meetingtravel


In addition, Skypass Travel is ready to make arrangements for an optional and private tour for those of you who are looking for an excursion that allows you to explore more of California and visit Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, after the Konkani Sammelan. The package includes a 6-Day/5-Night Escorted Bus Tour that starts in San Francisco and would then continue on to Fresno, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Los Angeles.  The tour covers approximately 1,300 miles and includes transport between cities, hotel accommodations, local sightseeing, breakfast (American Continental style) and Dinners (Indian meals). A minimum of 25 persons would be required to operate the tour. This would be set up as a private tour for attendees only (more flexible and customized).  The estimated tour cost is approximately $1,375 per person (based on double occupancy).  For those taking the tour Skypass would coordinate their air travel arrangements to fly into San Jose and return to their homes from Los Angeles.

For travel within the Bay Area, when you are attending the Sammelan, we have negotiated special discounts with both Uber and Lyft. The discount codes will be published on this site in the last week of July 2019.

5) Dress code: 

Outdoor temperatures during the day during this time of the year are between 78Ëš and 90Ëš F, while temperatures during the night range between 56Ëš and 65Ëš. We would recommend dressing comfortably for the events. The venue is air-conditioned.

We would recommend the following types of Indian or Western formal clothing for the Gala Dinner:

  • Ladies: Saris, Salwars, Lehengas, Formal Gowns
  • Men: Suits, Jackets, Nehru Jackets, Formal Churidar/Kurtas Sherwanis 

6) Registration and Check-in:

All paid pre-registered attendees will have to go through check-in counters to get their badges with their name on it and wristbands, which will allow them entry into the Convention Center. The person collecting the badges for the family will have to show one piece of ID to collect them.

Badges can be collected onsite starting Jul 2nd 2020 onwards. Volunteers will be onsite to help you check in and provide your KS2020 badges on all days. Please note that we will not have check-in counters at the hotels. Onsite registration/ Walk Ins is welcome but will be limited by the facility capacity.To manage facility capacity restrictions, our current plan is to identify on the attendee’s badge his/her preference specified at the time of registration regarding meal timings & meal locations.

Check our Registration instructions page for more details. 

7) Food: 

The Konkani Sammelan 2020  Food committee has drawn up the sumptuous, mouthwatering menu which includes a lot of Konkani Delicacies which you will not find in any restaurant in North America!  

The wristband should be worn on all 3 days as that will allow entry to the Dining area. The badge should be visible at all times. Check the Food page for more details on the food we have arranged for the Sammelan.

8) Raffle:

Try your hand at several top prizes and increase your chances by buying raffle tickets (look for more details soon). All three are available for purchase at the registration counter.

9) Booths:

Be sure to stop by various vendors' booths in the Pre-function Ballroom Area.  Check our Exhibitors Page for list of our Exhibitors. 

10) Konkani Sammelan App:

To enhance your Konkani Sammelan experience, we request all attendees to download the Konkani Sammelan App on their smart phones and check out the entire program schedule. You can also optionally create a profile.
This app not only has our latest program schedule but also the food menu, speaker profiles, Venue Maps, Sponsor info, important information etc. It also lets you follow a specific track and set favorites/reminders to events you wish to attend. Additionally, if you create a profile you can post comments, pictures, chat with other attendees and take advantage of all the social features available. Just search for Konkani Sammelan in AppStore or Google Play store. Someone will also be available at the registration desk to help you if you have any issues/questions on this app.

11) Helpline:

To help enhance our guest experience during the Sammelan, we are publishing one phone number which we call Ask Ammani. Please note that this number will be monitored and answered by our dedicated volunteers starting Tuesday, 6/30 till Saturday, 7/4. Check our Contact us page for more details.