What registrants for AAO 2018 need to know about housing poachers

Hotel scammers, housing pirates, room block poachers…however you refer to them, they have been a major problem in the convention industry for years. These are companies that masquerade as being the official housing partner for an event and sell room blocks that don’t actually exist. Their victims may pay thousands of dollars, only to arrive at the hotel and be told they don’t have a reservation.

Back in 2008, the American Society of Association Executives won a federal lawsuit against the hotel scammer Complete Event Planning, Inc. Despite this monumental win, third-party hotel scams are continuing to sprout up and to bring financial pains. According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association,there are 55 million bad hotel bookings annually: that’s nearly $4 billion dollars in poachers’ pockets!

3 Boutique Chicago Hotels for AAO 2018

The charm of a boutique hotel is hard to deny. Boutique hotels invite images of attentive service, localized decor and cuisine and a chance to feel less like a tourist and more like a welcome guest. Even Airbnb wants in on this market.

AAO 2018 registrants can experience this alternative to conventional chain hotels – at an exclusive event rate. Online booking for these Chicago hotels is available for attendees and exhibitors. To book more than 20 rooms, please contact AAO 2018’s official hotel partner at aaohotels@expovision.com or (866) 774-0487 .