Comments on: Will Airbnb impact traditional meeting room blocks? https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2014/01/will-airbnb-impact-traditional-meeting-room-blocks/ Unconferences, peer conferences, participant-driven events, and facilitation Wed, 31 Mar 2021 02:06:40 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7 By: QStoss https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2014/01/will-airbnb-impact-traditional-meeting-room-blocks/#comment-53414 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:15:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=5212#comment-53414 In reply to Alissa Hurley.

Hey Alissa – Fancy stumbling on your comment here 😉

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By: Adrian Segar https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2014/01/will-airbnb-impact-traditional-meeting-room-blocks/#comment-6735 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:25:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=5212#comment-6735 In reply to Maura Gast.

Beautifully expressed Maura. There are no easy answers. But change is inevitable and we need to adjust and respond proactively rather than burying our heads in the sand, hoping that these tough conflicts will somehow go away.

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By: Adrian Segar https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2014/01/will-airbnb-impact-traditional-meeting-room-blocks/#comment-6734 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:23:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=5212#comment-6734 In reply to Alissa Hurley.

Alissa, your experience is typical and shows the kind of flexibility and interesting possibilities that will be attractive to many conference goers.

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By: Maura Gast https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2014/01/will-airbnb-impact-traditional-meeting-room-blocks/#comment-6733 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:47:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=5212#comment-6733 The challenge for organizers as they need to negotiate for meeting SPACE will become an insufficient room block to justify the desired booking priority, or rebates for transportation, or all the other negotiations that become part of the art of the deal. For those of us on the CVB side, we’re even more conflicted. The philosophical side of the equation says that every visitor that comes to the conference is valued – and perhaps the less they (have to) spend on a hotel room, the more they will have to spend on other experiences in the destination, which becomes a win-win for more businesses in the community. The fighting-for-our-funding-every-day side of the equation knows that these stays are currently hotel-tax-exempt, and thus eating away further at a bottom line already in limbo.

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By: Alissa Hurley https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2014/01/will-airbnb-impact-traditional-meeting-room-blocks/#comment-6732 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:24:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=5212#comment-6732 I am a fan of Airbnb! It has helped me with cost-effective accommodation in Manhattan as well as San Francisco and Austin when there were no hotel rooms to be found due to city-wide conventions. My first experience was in 2011 when Airbnb was incenting Austin residents to offer their spare rooms or apartments to SXSW attendees. I had a spare room in someone’s apartment and my host was as apprehensive as I was to this new experience. I actually ended up with the entire apartment (as she stayed at her boyfriend’s place most of the time), walking distance to the conference venues and even a ride to the train station after the conference.

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By: Adrian Segar https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2014/01/will-airbnb-impact-traditional-meeting-room-blocks/#comment-6725 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 03:09:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=5212#comment-6725 In reply to Carey.

Thanks Anne. Perhaps I should add that many Airbnb offerings are self-contained apartments that no one but guests ever stay in. With a good cleaning service (which we’ve always had so far) the places we’ve chosen are just as clean as a hotel room. But sure, there will always be people who prefer the convenience and predictability of a hotel room and I can’t fault them for that. It’s nice to have choices!

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By: Carey https://www.conferencesthatwork.com/index.php/event-professionals/2014/01/will-airbnb-impact-traditional-meeting-room-blocks/#comment-6701 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:59:00 +0000 http://www.conferencesthatwork.com/?p=5212#comment-6701 Adrian – Best wishes for your daughter! Yikes!
Maybe I’m in the minority. I can’t get around the “ick-factor” of staying in somebody else’s home. Hotels are bad enough! Maybe it’s my fragrance allergy leading the way. Anyway, thank you for such a good evaluation of Airbnb’s current and future effect on room blocks.

Carey
(Anne) Carey, CMP
Meeting & Event Professional
Chicago

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