Hotel e-RFPs: Both Planners and Suppliers Feel the Pain

Planners can send a request for proposal to multiple hotels in multiple cities with the touch of a button, thanks to the influx of third-party sourcing Web sites. But beware: There's a downside to e-RFPs:

Being able to send a request for proposal to multiple hotels in multiple cities with the touch of a button—something planners have been able to do for years now, thanks to the influx of third-party sourcing Web sites—is a wonderful thing. Or is it? MeetingsNet

Beverly Hills Hotel Boycott Slams Business

Although dismissed by some as a self-indulgent celebrity stunt, the boycott launched by famed TV host Ellen DeGeneres and others against the landmark Beverly Hills Hotel to draw attention to harsh sanctions against gays and women by the hotel's owner, the sultan of Brunei, is walloping business there:

There’s an old saying that the Beverly Hills Hotel is where you go to be seen, and the Hotel Bel-Air — its sister establishment — is where you go to hide out. For the first time in more than 100 years, that’s no longer true — because there is almost no one to see, or to see you, at the Beverly Hills Hotel. New York Post

Indian Weddings Becoming a Booming Business in Houston Area

They're big events with big budgets. Indian weddings are booming in the U.S., and Houston is a prime market for the colorful affairs:

Any given Saturday at hotels across Houston, the sight of a ballroom undergoing a transformation is very common. And Indian weddings are getting bigger and bigger; everything leading up to the event has to perfect. “Indian people love to socialize and this is the biggest event they’re going to throw,” Pramel Shah of Prashe Décor said. KHOU 11