| Originally Posted by lizlett3 |
I am afraid all my guests will not book through the TA and honestly I could have anywhere between 35 - 100 people. I have no idea but I guess that all comes later. Two more questions I have thought of is 1.) since the hotel is so close to the airport do you hear planes? 2.) are the fireworks worth the $500 or so off the al la cart menu?
TA either but every last one of them did. I had my TA arrange for our group to be able to put down a deposit ( $150 dep - deadline was last December) and then they had 5 months to make payments on it or they could pay it right at the end. They didn't have to sign anything and they could get 100% of their money back up until the final deadline. Almost every one of my guests took advantage of it in some form. This combined with the extras they got at Moon Palace all helped.
We originally started out with over 60 people and I was concerned about all the functions. It sounded to me that the only way to accommodate that big of a group is with private events..... so pushing your guests to go through the TA is worth it. I would tell people "not only can going through my TA help you budget but it helps us by giving us unlimited private functions." When they found out it also helped us, they decided to use our TA.
BTW, We made sure we had number or rooms and total room nights in our contract. Between economy issues, violence in mexico, and swine flu, we dropped from almost 30 rooms to less than 20, which gives you one upgraded event. Because the room nights was part of our contract, we still qualify for the upgrade event.... barely.