The organiser behind The Pharmacy
Show at the Birmingham NEC tells conference-news that this year’s show has
been targeted by a bogus hotel booking agency.
Closerstill Media says a company
titled Convention Expo Travel has been contacting the October show’s exhibitors
purporting to be the official hotel booking agency for the show, taking credit
card details and bookings without then making bookings with the hotels
”We have discovered from fellow
organising companies that other trade shows’ exhibitors have also been
approached in similar fashion,” says event director Michael Westcott. “If you
are contacted by Convention Expo Travel, do not under any circumstances make a
booking with them or give any credit card details,” is his
The show’s official agency for hotel
accommodation is The Solutions Company, and Westcott advises exhibitors and
visitors to book their accommodation through them.
Executive director of the Hotel
Booking Agents’ Association, Peter Ducker, says the practice “appears to be a
criminal fraud, similar to those perpetrated by criminal online ticket touts for
major sporting and entertainment events”.
“The company in question is not a
member of the HBAA and is, I understand, based in Nevada. There are a number of posts
on online forums regarding their practices in the USA, which suggest that
this is not an isolated incident,” adds Ducker.