Friday, May 29, 2009


Please feel free to contact me anytime by email, Twitter,  or on my phone at (312) 961-5486.

In addition you may reach me by US Mail at:

Michael M. McCurry
515 S. Knight Ave.
Chicago, IL  60068

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Beatriz Garcia July 2, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Hello Mike,

From what I’ve read through Linked In and your Corner, you seem the right person to ask a tough question on hotel negotiated rates.

My company negotiated hotel rates 1 year prior to our conference in Berlin(before the crisis hit in Europe). At the time we thought the rates were good. Closer to the event, economic crisis in full swing, our members began to book their rooms at our rate but others booked rooms at the same hotel without mentioning our room block and received half price room rates. How could this have been avoided? Members who didn’t book prior to arriving booked the same day as the conference and received a lower rate.

I would appreciate any feedback


Michael M McCurry CMP July 2, 2009 at 3:02 pm

@Beatriz Garcia
Hi Beatriz,

Thanks for your question. This is a difficult economic situation and an awkward time for hotels, event planners and organizations. One solution to the problem you mentioned is adding what we refer to as a “rate protection clause” to your contract. Essentially this states the hotel can not offer a lower rate to other groups or individuals over your contracted dates unless they offer that rate to your attendees as well, regardless of distribution channels. (Internet, email blast, hotel booking sites like Expedia, etc.) If its discovered the hotel does introduce a lower rate then they must either provide it to your events attendees or take it off the market all together.

Secondly you should have an “audit” clause in your hotel contract giving you the right to compare your event’s registration list against a complete hotel in house reservation listing. If any rooms are discovered to be booked outside your block then you will subsequently get credit for them.

These two contract codicils will pave the way to protect your organization’s interests, but there is work that goes along with carrying them through, needless to say.

If you would like to discuss this further please let me know as I would be more than happy to have a telephone conversation with you.

Thanks for reaching out to me.. much appreciated!


Mike McCurry


Raz Chorev April 7, 2010 at 1:50 am

Hi Mike

I’ve been following your tweets for a while, and read a few of your blog posts. I know you’re a Harley rider and enthusiasts. I’m contacting you here as a Man, a biker, AND event planner/manager:
We’re 3 motorcycle riders from Sydney Australia. We’re going to cross the US of A on motorcycles from LA to FL, in under 3 weeks, ending our ride at Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach, on the 14th of October 2010.
This is not a fun ride, but a ride to raise awareness about Male Depression, the silent killer, which kills 75 (!) American men EVERY DAY!
To create the awareness, we’re using traditional and social media, but we’re looking for your expertise in planning the multiple events , during our journey.

Will you help?

Raz Chorev


Michael M McCurry CMP April 7, 2010 at 9:34 am

Hi Raz,

Thanks so much for taking time to write your message to me.

I visited the website you and your partners created for this event you will be doing later this year. I think it is absolutely wonderful!

Yes, I am a longtime Motorcycle enthusiast and of course, a veteran of the event management business.

I would be glad to have a conversation with you about your needs for this trip in the event planning area. If there is a way I can assist I will.

Let me know when you would like to make contact regarding this project!


Mike McCurry


Hillis June 12, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Mike, did you see this? The truth finally appears to be coming out about who’s really sticking it to trade show exhibitors in Chicago!


Michael M McCurry CMP June 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

Hillis —

Thanks for the heads up, and yes I actually read this article this weekend so am familiar with it.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out!



Sandra June 23, 2012 at 12:31 am


I wanted to get in contact as we are looking for places to host adverts for a number of our clients.

Typically we would normally like to place either a text based link within your site somewhere or provide you with a new post with the link already inserted.

If you do not wish to host a link advert then we have a number of partners who might be worth speaking to who place more traditional adverts.

Please let me know if you have any interest in the above and thanks in advance for your consideration.

Kind Regards,


Fr. Pishoy Wasfy January 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Dear Mr. McCurry,

I am kindly requesting your permission to use an image on your website in my presentation. The image URL is:

Thank you,
Fr. Pishoy Wasfy


Rishantha July 31, 2013 at 6:16 am

Dear Sir/ Madam,


Please permit me to introduce ourselves, Helanka Vacations, is an Event & Destination management company offering totally customized tours to the exotic island Sri Lanka.

With the dawn of peace Sri Lanka has once again become a much sought after holiday destination. Sri Lanka has immerged as a “must visit” country and rated by many leading travel magazines as one of the top ten tourist destinations. It is also an easily accessible destination to all travelers who are looking for diverse attractions, as Sri Lanka is well connected with daily, weekly International flight connections from the region and around the world.

Sri Lanka has diverse attractions from Golden Beaches to Water Sports to Wild Life to Cultural heritage to Shopping offering travellers many options to suit their interests.

Event Management and MICE is also another strong area we work on. You could also promote same with your corporate clients for International, regional meetings/conferences, agency meetings etc. We at Helanka will organize the venue and handle all related details to make the event a great success.

Hotel reservations, airport transfers, meetings and other facilities could be arranged for business clients, delegations.

Apart from Events Management, we at Helanka Vacations believe in satisfying the customer and draw up itineraries totally customised for our valuable clients to suit their interest, budgets, time available etc. Cultural & Heritage tours, Adventure, Sports, Wild life, Idyllic beach vacations, a rejuvenating Ayurveda spa experience, Tea trails to plantation of the world famous ‘Ceylon Tea’, Ramayana Trail, Buddhist Tours are some of the tours we organize. Sri Lanka is also an ideal location for dream weddings against golden sunsets and romantic honey moons. We will take care of the total package assuring you of a personal service, with special memorable moments for the happy couple.

Sri Lanka rich in culture and heritage, rich in mother nature’s wonders offers unique holidays for everyone and we at Helanka Vacations can make it happen for your clients.

Please feel free to contact us with any further information, clarifications you may require and also visit our website and join us on facebook ‘Helanka Vacations’ .

Look forward to hearing from you.

Wish you a pleasant day!

Thanks & Best Regards
Rishantha Mendis


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