Meeting Mentor Magazine

December 2018

The Best of MeetPete

A Boutique Hotel with No Vacancy

Okay, the headline was a tease, but you clicked MORE, so here’s an occupancy tale worth re-telling. The “No Vacancy” sign can be found in Japan’s Capsule Hotel Shinjuku, where sleeping quarters — stacked five-foot-wide by six-and-a-half-foot-long cubicles — are, to say the least, just a little bit tight. According to a New York Times report, each cubicle is furnished with a light and small TV with earphones at no extra charge. Possessions are stored in a locker; showers and sinks are part of a common area. Hotel guests, according to hotel manager Tetsuya Akasako, used to be executives who missed the last train home. But for the past two years, Shinjuku has become an extended-stay hotel with nearly one-third of the property’s 300 cubicles rented for at least a month. Discount price: the equivalent of about $640. No RevPAR figures were available…

The Convention Industry Council has launched its “FACE TIME: It Matters” campaign reinforcing the premise that meetings and events save time and money, and foster exchange of ideas. Work also has begun on an economic impact study that MeetPete insists should support the populist message that “Meetings Create Jobs” and “Meetings Reduce Taxes.” Those are two things the public understands…

Here’s a dandy. There was a glitch in the registration system at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Things like this happen, but rarely when registrants are forced to wait outside in brutal cold. Moral of this story: Keep registration indoors…

And speaking of indoors, this newsflash: Twice as many Americans bowl as play golf. A great team-building activity? Try to picture attendees checking their bowling bags at the airport! I may have to rethink that one. — Peter Shure

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