Rooms Ain’t Spendy at ICSC’s RECon

If there’s not a very big showing at next year’s International Council of Shopping Centers RECon show in Las Vegas, it’s probably won’t be because of high hotel rates. The organization’s travel agency recently released convention-attendee hotel rates, and they’re pretty darn cheap.

The catch (there’s always one, right?) is that you have to book early, as many of these prices will go up this month. But the good thing is that you can cancel your room up to two weeks before your reservation.

Here are some highlights. The cheapest rates are at the chic Imperial Palace, for $40 a night. Rooms at Wynn are going for $199. You can stay at the Bellagio for $209.

Are these rates low enough to attract people next year along with all of the other changes happening at the convention?


4 Responses to “Rooms Ain’t Spendy at ICSC’s RECon”

  1. 1 Murray Shor September 3, 2009 at 8:30 am

    For years, industry veterans not traveling on the company’s dime have been avoiding ICSC sanctioned hotels for those that are less expensive, more convenient and have better accommodations, such as full breakfasts, no football-stadium-sized casinos, more private swimming pools.

  2. 2 james September 3, 2009 at 10:11 am

    If there is business to do people will come with or without the cheap rooms. For years I just booked a tour package including round trip air and hotel. Usually that was far less expensive than anything ICSC offered. Just don’t tell them you are with the convention, and don’t parade around with your badge on. I was well enough connected that one year I didn’t even register for the convention, I just hit the party circuit at night! That actually worked out pretty well.

  3. 3 ChrisAnn Richards September 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Each year I wait till the last minute and find a great deal on rooms outside of the ICSC package. My favorite is Platinum…all suites, no casino to trudge through no smokey rooms.

  4. 4 Deborah Foehr September 4, 2009 at 10:00 am

    It’s not hotel rooms keeping people away; convention costs are just too high in a weak retail market. ICSC, a non-profit, is putting the money somewhere. How about reducing membership rates and convention rates for 2009- 2010?

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