Lovely, just lovely.
Some organization has decided to glom onto our Convention and has acquired a copy of an industry supplier list, and is now making pestering phone calls to potential exhibitors at our 2009 Convention. They are calling and saying they can get a lower room rate - although we have learned they can not guarantee the lower rate. We've asked them to stop, and they apparently refuse to stop, so we have a problem.
ICCFA has already negotiated a very low room rate of $149 per night at Mandalay Bay for reservations made by February 28. This is a great deal, because the normal rate and the advertised rate after February 28 will be $259 per night.
The company that is calling our suppliers has nothing to do with ICCFA. Here is the notice that went out in the ICCFA email news blast today:
The ICCFA has learned that a company by the name of "Convention Expo Travel" is soliciting ICCFA members claiming to offer reduced room rates at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino for the ICCFA Convention dates, April 20-23. This company is NOT affiliated with the ICCFA or Mandalay Bay.
The Better Business Bureau has given Convention Expo Travel an “F” rating, based on a range on A+ to F. Therefore, the ICCFA urges extreme caution in doing business with this company. For more information on this company, go to http://southernnevada.bbb.org and click on “Check out a Business.”
The best way to reserve your room is to click here or call 1.877.632.7000 and identify yourself as an ICCFA attendee or mention discount code SCBM09.
Click here to learn more about Convention Expo Travel, the company that has been making these calls.
Our attorney tells me we cannot call Convention Expo Travel a "scam" because what they are doing is, technically, not illegal. But our supplier members who have received calls from Convention Expo Travel are saying, essentially, that Convention Expo Travel sucks because they are pestering ICCFA members and not offering a solid value proposition. So I am going to go out on a limb and say that in my opinion Convention Expo Travel is a loser company.
Got that, everyone? I think Convention Expo Travel is a dog with fleas. Lay down with those losers at your own risk.