"Hotels tend to have quite a bit of flexibility on certain things, but no one asks, so they aren’t always offered."
Many of my clients get a case of the heebie jeebies when it comes to negotiating a hotel contract. They are anxious about asking for freebies or perks (or concessions as they are known in the hotel biz).
‘Cause let’s face it … hotel contracts are intimidating. If you are not a lawyer all that jargon makes no sense at all!
Here are two of five of the most popular hotel concessions that literally anyone can ask for: 1. Complimentary WiFi – almost everyone is carrying around a phone, tablet and laptop when they travel, so WiFi is a hot commodity to stay connected – in guest rooms and in meeting space and common areas. Don’t be afraid to ask for it!
2. Suite Upgrades – Whether you’re looking to impress your boss or need a hospitality suite, suite upgrades are a huge cost savings. You can also keep them in your back pocket for when you have a dissatisfied client or stakeholder who may be appeased with a room upgrade. There’s nothing like a room with a view! Well, that was easy …… Curious about what else you can ask for? The truth is there are lots of things you can actually ask for. Hotels tend to have quite a bit of flexibility on certain things, but no one asks, so they aren’t always offered. What is important to remember is to prioritize by asking for the concessions that you really need (and want) for each meeting/event based on the specific needs of your attendees.
Bottom line - don’t be afraid to ask. What’s the worst they can say? PS – I’ve got more hints on hotel concessions in my iSPARK Event Planning Survival Guide or simply set-up a 15-min consultation with me and I’ll walk you through it.
About the Contributor
Krista Benoit is President & CEO of iSpark Consulting Inc. iSpark Consulting Inc., is a boutique marketing, events & sponsorship agency located in Gatineau - Ottawa (Canada). To contact Krista visit www.isparkconsulting.ca