Given that surcharges and fees amount to a $2.5 billion revenue line to the hotel industry, I don’t see them going away any time soon. It’s going to take more than a battle cry of “transparency!” to get hotels, venues and suppliers to turn their backs on that kind of income.
If all goes according to plan, the hotly debated merger between Continental Airlines and United Airlines will take flight early next month. Despite corporate regulations and lawsuits claiming the merger would create a monopoly, unfairly raise prices and jeopardize hundreds of jobs, United and Continental have been given the green light to continue with the […]
An annual study of car rental, hotel and meal taxes in the top 50 U.S. travel destinations shows that visitors pay 56 percent more than they would with just general sales taxes. In the worst-case scenarios, the burden is as high as 144 percent. The study also showed that discriminatory travel taxes and fees imposed […]
One of my mentors, Jack Gilmore, CEO of Strategic Events, reminds me to ask this question when planning any event. “so what?” That’s an easy question after you have a brilliant idea or solution, but coming up with the right answer to that question is the key to really successful events. As meeting planners, we […]
Rising fuel costs are forcing airlines to add fees to checked bags, in-flight beverages and frequent flyer rewards at a pace that’s difficult to track. At the same time, there is some good news that’s getting lost in all the bad press. So here’s a quick look at what’s going on …
The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, near Washington, D.C., and the Prince George’s County liquor board are at loggerheads over the $800 million resort’s liquor license.
Do you know there are federal laws event planners should be aware of if they want to use music at a public event? Most people think because they buy their favorite artist’s CD, they have the right to play that CD anywhere they want to, including at an event. However, Federal laws protect all recorded music. Read the legalese on the CD: “Unauthorized copying, lending, public performance and broadcasting prohibited.” That means you. Recording companies, musicians, and songwriters own the copyright, and are entitled to royalties every time the music is performed or played in public.