“Show organizers call us pirates and bandits. That's OK,” says Bruce Peterson, president of Las Vegas-based Events Plus Travel. His destination management company has come under fire recently for allegedly “poaching” attendees and exhibitors from several meetings' official room blocks by marketing to them directly with offers of cheaper room rates, plus ancillary services like transportation and off-site cocktail parties. “They can call us whatever they want. Our clients don't see us that ...

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