Not so.VeeDubTDI said:If the Hyatt is offering promotions on their website, then that promotion can still be applied to our room block without any penalty to us.
You seem to have us down for 3 nights, we're actually staying 4 nights, Thursday - Monday. So put us down for one extra day. Probably doesn't help the numbers that much, but every little bit counts....VeeDubTDI said:I just updated the room list. We're up to 103 room-nights, which is 37% of our quota. We're making progress.
How much did the AAA save you over our rate?KirbDog said:
People, it's very important to stay at the venue's hotel and make your hotel reservations through the fest organizers.KirbDog said:
BKmetz said:I'll try to explain how the fest is organized and why its important for as many people as possible to stay at the venue's hotel.
Every TDIFest I have been to (7 out of 9) have had room rates around that $100/night price point. With the usual hotel taxes it's between $115 and $125 per night.
We are too specialized and large of a venue to use a cheaper source; office for fest organizers, greeting room, vendor storage, ball room/banquet hall, dedicated parking lot, and a location that has plenty of attractions for the better halves and kids.
A big part of negotiating the room price and all the services the fest uses is guaranteeing a minimum number of room bookings. The fest committee has reserved a block of rooms at a fixed rate. The goal is to get enough members to fill the room quota. If the hotel attendance falls short of the number of reserved rooms, the fest committee pays the hotel the difference out of the fest revenues. This means Fred takes home less money to run the web site that you are enjoying right now. Remember, the whole purpose of TDIFest is to raise money for Fred so he can maintain the website.
Either we step up to the plate and donate, or Fred has to take ad money. We out grew the level of a enthusiast running a website out of his house 10 years ago. I love the fact that TDIClub's forums has no commercial sponsors and we are beholden to no one but ourselves.