Industry in favour of paying fee for fam trip places

A show of hands at the CIT Forum 2004 indicated that corporate delegates are not averse to paying for their places on fam trips. "I wouldn’t be against paying because then we, as a company, do not feel obliged to hold our next event at the destination or venue that has hosted us," said Scottish Equitable head of corporate events and conferences John Dymond. "It becomes a business agreement." Write Style Communications director Mike Lyon, who was presenting a workshop on the subject of fam trips, said paying for a place on a fam trip is a common procedure among travel agents in the leisure industry and indicated it may be a way of eradicating the problem of ‘no shows’. "Many convention bureaus are still reluctant to charge for attendance on trips but some have started taking credit card details up front as security and charging delegates who pull out at the last minute – and not just for their flight and room but also the time involved in organising the event," he said. However, Revlon International service liaison manager Anne Noyce said her company would not be willing to pay for attendance on such trips. "In a way companies are already paying, albeit indirectly, with their time and the cost of travel to and from the airport."

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