Here's an interesting post from Paul Johnson at A Luxury Travel Blog that reflects on a possible trend of some hotels looking to downgrade their star status. He mentions this article about hotels in Berlin that believe their five-star status is hurting them when it comes to pharmaceutical meeting business.
I've been hearing this for several years now from vendors I talk with at our Pharmaceutical Meeting Planners Forum, and my guess is that it's not going to go away any time soon. I just am surprised to hear that it's so prevalent in Europe, where the rules are laxer when it comes to wining, dining, and housing docs than they are here in the U.S.
Thanks to Patti Shock for the pointer.