Housing Pirates and Poachers

We have been informed that registrants and exhibitors are often contacted by fax, e-mail or most often by phone with offers for discounted housing rates. Their intent is to convince you that the offer is made on our behalf or that the soliciting company is a viable alternative to booking through ISEE’s room block. This is not true.

How it Works

Room poaching is a practice carried out by third-party companies that act as travel agencies.  The poacher may inform you that the hotel room block is sold out, and that if you do not book with them immediately, you may not get a room. Additional deceptive tactics include distributing forms or promotional materials that appear to be issued by ISEE.

Room poachers make it more difficult for us to meet our room block commitments.  This exposes ISEE to penalties, increased room rates and could threaten our financial stability.

Room poachers often don't deliver on promises to customers. When customers arrive, reservations are non-existent or the hotels are not conveniently located. Sometimes the rooms have been cancelled and hefty cancellation fees have been placed on the customer's credit card.

DON’T BE MISLED! If you are contacted by anyone asking if you need a room for the Conference, please get as much information as you can and pass it on to ISEE’s conference manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will send cease-and-desist letters out to the offenders.