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.