by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | November 01, 2013

QUESTIONABLE COMPANIES

Dozens of third-party housing companies compete with official convention housing bureaus for attendee room nights -- sometimes under false pretenses. In researching this story, M&C found many firms whose names appeared multiple times on association websites warning attendees not to book rooms via these providers.

We called many of these companies to discuss their business practices; all were either unreachable, out of business or unwilling to talk to the press.

The following associations' websites (and many others) list companies that reportedly have solicited their attendees for event housing without being authorized to do so by the host organization.

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (bit.ly/184KdEJ)
Controlled Release Society (bit.ly/1gBtpv7)
Medical Library Association (bit.ly/GPoV3Y)
National Association for College Admissions Counseling (bit.ly/19EHXR1)
Shot Show (bit.ly/19EQfrZ)

M&C researched several firms that these associations have cautioned members about to determine if they have active business licenses. Among our findings:

BookMyRooms
Henderson, Nev.
bookmyrooms.com
Status: active, per Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller (nvsos.gov)

Convention Expo Travel
Henderson, Nev.
No website available
Status: active, per nvsos.gov

Convention Housing Services
Las Vegas
conventionhousingservices.com
chs-travel.com
Status: not found to be a legitimate business in state records, per nvsos.gov

Exhibition Housing Services
Diamond Bar, Calif.
exhibitionhousingservices.com
Status: active; business license listed on company's website found to be inaccurate, per sos.ca.gov

Expo Housing
Las Vegas
expohousing.com
Status: not found to be a legitimate business in state records, per nvsos.gov

Global Housing Management
Las Vegas
globalhousingmanagement.com
Status: active, per nvsos.gov

HDMC Group
Las Vegas
hdmcgroup.com
Status: active, per nvsos.gov

Hotel Angels LLC
Escondido, Calif.
hotelangels.net
Status: active, according to sos.ca.gov

Stay Right Travel
Shawano, Wis.
stayrighttravel.com
Status: found to be a dissolved entity in state records, per Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette (sos.state.wi.us)

TradeShow Housing
Stroudsburg, Pa.
tshousing.com
Status: not found to be a legitimate business, per the Pennsylvania Department of State (corporations.state.pa.us)

Trade Show Housing Inc.
Las Vegas
tradeshowhousing.com
Status: active, according to nvsos.gov

Trade Show Reservations LLC
Las Vegas
No website available
Status: license revoked, according to nvsos.gov - C.A.S.