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International event organiser observes soaring room rates

Business Travel Show organisers claim that securing good contacts and booking well in advance is the key to escaping the cost of soaring room rates.

Business Travel Show organisers claim that securing good contacts and booking well in advance is the key to escaping the cost of soaring room rates.

"We booked accommodation in March and prices have tripled since then," said event director from Centaur Media Sally Maltby.

"If you booked a hotel in London three months in advance the rate wouldn't change significantly, where as here the rate can go up three to four times, so you need to have good contacts in hotel groups because you don't want to spend all your money on rooms," Maltby added.

However, having also organised the Business Travel Show in London and Düsseldorf, Maltby said it isn't always possible to plan so far in advance in Dubai.

"The practises are different here to what we're used to," said Maltby, "you don't have control - everything happens at the last minute but you can't panic. Just be laid back and make sure you have contingency for everything, don't have a heart attack about it."

Maltby is currently based in England but will soon be relocating to Dubai to work three weeks each month. She said: We've realised that's it's an excellent idea to have someone based here because you need expertise on the ground or you don't see what's developing."

For further Business Travel Show 2008 information see November's issue of MIME.

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