[eDebate] Elephants in cheap hotels
SSbauschard2 at aol.com
Wed Apr 19 23:46:54 CDT 2006
A couple comments on this thread:
1). Internet. It seems in high-demand at debate tournaments. It often
crashes hotel Internet networks. I learned one important thing in prepartion for
NDT 07 -- our expected Internet usage will likely exceed that Westin's
traditional Internet usage/capacity by 3-4 times! Absent their willingness to
run/turn on additional lines (which they also did for CEDA), the network WOULD
crash. So, if you rent 40 rooms in a more limited service hotel, put 4
people in a room, and have 160 people sign on to the Internet at 11pm you may not
be too happy.
2) The Westin in particular. As was the case with CEDA, the Westin (which
also owns the Sheraton) is not charging for ANY OF THE TOURNAMENT COMPETITION
SPACE. Next year's NDT will be held in the convention area on floors 2-3 of
the Westin, as well as as junior/senior suites on floors 17-19. The room
rate -- $99 -- includes free use of this space for the entire tournament as well
as required meeting space on Thursday, a free breakfast for tournament
participants on one of the days, free copying for the tab room, internet passwords
for every registered tournament guest for the entire length of the
tournament, and some other small things that I don't recall at the moment. Elim day
discussions aside, these room rates are incredible given that we are hosting
the entire tournaments on site.
Obviously it is good to consider ways to cut costs, but people should keep
two things in mind before jumping to conclusions based on simple
a) We often have elephant-size resource demands that you have to be sure
that "small service" hotels can accomodate
b) In the case of CEDA and the NDT, you do need to account for the fact that
the rate includes use of critical space.
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