20/09/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Interaction launches accommodation service live in Boston - record breaking response as members plan their trips to Glasgow - £300,000 of accommodation booked in first two weeks.
In the space of less than two weeks, over 1000 people have booked their accommodation for Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention which takes place in Glasgow next August (2004).
Despite the event being almost a year away, a quarter of those expected to attend, representing over £300,000 worth of room bookings, have begun planning their trip to Scotland.
The online booking service was officially launched on September 2nd 2004 during Noreascon 4, the 62nd World Science Fiction Convention, which took place in Boston. Representatives of Interaction, the Glasgow Tourist Board, and Infotel, the convention's accommodation partner, were all on hand to support the launch and to answer questions.
Interaction and Infotel benefited from a significant investment in pre-launch testing as the service opened without a hitch. Indeed, Worldcon records were rapidly broken as Infotel accepted 400 bookings before the end of the Boston event and well over 650 in the first two weeks.
As expected, member demand has been particularly high for those properties located close to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Moat House Hotel, and Hilton Hotel, which will host the main convention events. Interaction and Infotel are already working to secure additional space from the providers in these areas.
In the meantime, the convention continues to retain a limited number of rooms at these hotels for the use of members with impaired mobility or other special requirements.
More details at http://www.interaction.worldcon.org.uk/
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