2015 SSP 37th Annual Meeting
May 27 – 29, Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA
Meeting Attendees: Watch Out for This Room-Booking Scam
The website Meetings and Conventions recently posted an article on the subject of “room poaching.” Hotel-room poachers are third-party housing companies that profit by booking meeting attendees and exhibitors outside the official housing block. These pirates pose as the official purveyor of a block of hotel rooms for a meeting or use various tactics to convince meeting attendees to make their reservations through an unofficial company. It’s not a new problem, but it is a growing concern among meeting professionals. In some cases, attendees are booked at a lower-tier hotel far from the shuttle route; in others, they arrive at their hotel to discover their cards have been charged but there are no reservations in their names. Associations may also end up paying costly attrition fees when a reserved block of rooms is not used. Read more.