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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • When a corporation or organization has a meeting, they can negotiate rates with a local hotel and get a kickback on the commission as well as a free room for every X number of rooms booked. I know this because I used to negotiate these rates when I was a travel manager.

    Airlines also extend meeting services rates and since American now practically owns St Louis, negotiating a 5%-10% off rate on all fares for people coming into STL for the meeting.

    For some reason YAPC never does this (it's not a failing
    • YAPC::NA 2001 didn't arrange a corporate rate at the conference hotels in Montreal because it would have been more expensive than the university rate which we already had. Using the university rates also meant we were able to offer discounted prices at five hotels, from small-and-european through American chain all the way to a five-star hotel.

      IDT "never" MWYTIM. :-)