It has come to our attention that representatives from various scam marketing organizations have contacted our convention attendees and exhibitors offering “Attendee list of GBTA-2018 with their complete contact information including email and phone numbers” with the scam companies representing themselves as an approved vendor working on behalf of GBTA. No outside entity has been provided, or is authorized to sell any information related to our vendors, attendees, exhibitors, or other information.
As you know, GBTA is one of the leading business travel associations in the country and, as such, hosts our annual convention which attracts thousands of participants each year. This event, known as the GBTA Convention 2018, is our showcase of the business travel market’s latest products and services and an important source of cutting-edge information. GBTA owns various trademarks which represent our Association which are registered with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO”). Be assured, we take this matter very seriously and, in our opinion, the activities of these scam marketing firms violate GBTA’s rights under the U.S. Trademark Statute, the Lanham Act, and, many state laws.
GBTA is pursuing all state and federal consumer protection laws to keep our participants, members and exhibitors safe from consumer fraud and telemarketing (and web) scams, available to ensure that rights in our Marks, and the privacy of our participants are protected.
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If you receive any of these types of solicitations, please forward them to Heather Brown,email@example.com, so we can respond appropriately and immediately.
GBTA Authorized Housing Vendor
Spargo, Inc. is the exclusive official provider of housing for GBTA Convention 2018. No other companies or providers have authorization or permission from GBTA to serve as official providers and work with GBTA on housing arrangements, including room blocks. Spargo, Inc. researches the properties to make certain that Convention attendees will be adequately accommodated. The room block is established to ensure that rooms meet Spargo, Inc. standards and are offered at a discounted price. You may receive solicitations via email, fax, or letter from other companies and housing providers. If you are contacted by any company other than Spargo, Inc. offering housing in San Diego, please note that these companies are not authorized to represent GBTA, nor do they have access to officially contracted GBTA Convention 2018 room blocks or rates in San Diego. These unauthorized companies may falsely use GBTA’s logo and claim to be affiliated with or working on behalf of GBTA, and often don’t deliver on promises to customers. When customers arrive, reservations are non-existent or the hotels are not conveniently located. Sometimes the rooms have been cancelled and hefty cancellation fees have been placed on the customer’s credit card. If any of these companies contact you directly about reservations for GBTA Convention 2018, do not book with them and contact Spargo, Inc. or GBTA immediately. Booking with them puts you at risk, and GBTA cannot be held responsible. Note - GBTA nor Spargo, Inc. will not ask for you to fill out a paper form to collect credit card information to secure hotel rooms, all credit card information is gathered online via the GBTA Convention 2018 housing portal. These companies’ practices make it more difficult for GBTA to meet our room block commitments, and expose us to penalties and increased room rates. GBTA is financially liable for all contracted rooms, whether the hotel sells them or not. This is why we ask that you always book your rooms under the GBTA Convention 2018 block. We work diligently to give all attendees the best overall experience at our Convention and ask for your continued support. If you are contacted by any company other than Spargo, Inc. offering housing in San Diego, please forward the emails or correspondence to Spargo, Inc. or GBTA. If you have any questions, please contact the GBTA Convention 2018 Housing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org