Posts Tagged: room block

Rebel Roundup: Meeting Strategists, Airbnb, Sponsorship, and Wi-Fi

This week’s rebel round-up includes articles about meeting strategists, Airbnb, sponsorship, and wifi!  Enjoy! The Rise of ‘Meeting Strategists’ & How Hotels Should Approach Them – Greg Oates (@gregoates) How Much of a Threat Does Airbnb Pose to the Hotel Industry? – PerformanceIN (@PerformanceIN) CIC Releases White Paper and Best Practices Resources on Room Block Piracy and Poaching – Convention Industry Council (@ConvIndustry) 5 Tips To Strengthen Your Sponsorship Program – PCMA (@pcmahq) FCC to Marriott: Never try to block Wi-Fi again – CNN Money (@CNNMoney) Hotel Forecaster: Expect Hotel Rates to Rise ‘Significantly’ in 2015 – TravelPulse (@travelpulse) See you next week with more interesting articles... Read more »

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Room Block Piracy Affects More than the Bottom Line

An Update on Room Block Piracy and Poaching in the Meetings Industry Photo credit: Online Trading Academy via flickr.com. Earlier this year, the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) Initiative organized a workgroup to focus on the issue of room block piracy and poaching. The APEX Room Block Poaching Workgroup conducted an initial survey of meeting professionals in April to gauge the scope of this issue. Meeting professionals from a wide variety of industries responded to the survey, providing insight on how this issue has affected their events. In a presentation at the IMEX Exhibition in Frankfurt in... Read more »

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Protect Your Room Block from Pirates

Pirate Flag

These days, pirates are not just found on the high seas, they’re also abundant in the meetings industry. However, room pirates are not in search of buried event treasure. These unauthorized housing companies are after your exhibitors and attendees instead. They profit by deceiving attendees into making their hotel reservations outside of the room block. Often, housing pirates will misrepresent their companies, faking an association with your event. They will contact attendees and urge them to book their rooms immediately, saying that the room block is either sold out or near capacity. In the best case scenario, they may book... Read more »