Re: [87attendees] [87all] IETF 87 Berlin Meeting Review

"John R Levine" <johnl@taugh.com> Thu, 15 August 2013 15:37 UTC

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Subject: Re: [87attendees] [87all] IETF 87 Berlin Meeting Review
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>> Not an option.  If the hotel has more people than rooms, they have to bump 
>> someone, and there's no way to force a person who's checked into a room out 
>> of it.
>
> Airlines usually offer people cash or other incentive to take a later flight. 
> So whilst there is no way to *force* someone out of a room, nothing says the 
> hotel can't buy them out of it.

I have never, ever, heard of a hotel doing that, and I read a fair amount 
of travel industry stuff.

Hotels hate walking people.  As others have noted, it's disruptive, it's 
expensive (they invariably provide a free night), and the customers 
dislike it.  They don't need a lot of extra incentive to prevent it.  It 
would be somewhat interesting to find out what happened at the IC, but I 
expect the answer will be three things went wrong at once in a way that is 
unlikely ever to happen again.

R's,
John