Maybe the Society of the Plastics Industry has William Shatner on retainer -- because today SPI announced that 59 percent of the 66 hotels on the official housing list for NPE2009 visitors have lowered their rates by an average of 14 percent. The discounts aren't just for new bookings -- they also apply retroactively to those who have already made their reservations. Expovision, the official housing contractor of SPI, negotiated the discounts on a hotel-by-hotel basis, at the behest of SPI. According to the Washington-based trade group, of the 66 hotels listed, 39 agreed to lower their rates. The reduction of 14 percent represented a $37 per night reduction to $226 from an average room rate of $263. $37? That's a couple of pizzas at Giordano's. Excellent! "The hotel discounts are another in a series of cost-savings for exhibitors and attendees in the Stimulus Package developed by SPI to help make NPE2009 participation more affordable," said Gene Sanders, SPI vice president of trade shows. "We understand that this unprecedented economic situation calls for innovative measures to encourage everyone to take part in NPE2009." The deadline for advance reservations is May 14. For more information, check the NPE2009 Housing Web site.
Chicago hotels offer discounts for NPE
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