Venue site waives fees in green push

Online bookings service LateMeetings.com is to waive participation fees for 2007 in favour of donations to environmental charity Climate Care. Latemeetings’s 1,000 member venues will instead be asked to contribute to Climate Care, which will channel the funds to help offset carbon emissions and fund sustainability projects in emerging destinations. Typically, independent hotels pay £365 annually to display their availability and pricing details on the system, with special fee arrangements for groups of venues. The initiative has been made by LateMeetings.com directors, Chris Martins and John Gallery, who also run the website responsiblemeetings.com. “This industry can always do more to acknowledge that meetings involve large-scale travel and substantial energy use,” said Martins.

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