HOW much are people willing to pay to stay in a famous hotel and watch a Formula 1 car race? The revenue management team at Raffles Hotel, Singapore, reckons the answer is an astomishing S$3531 for a Palm Court Suite including breakfast. That’s the rate it is asking this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The room normally sells for $784. According to Wotif, the next highest price being charged over this period is S$1119 for a room at the Pan Pacific while S$1118 is the asking price at the InterContinental and Swissotel The Stamford. The race itself is under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons with driver Nelson Piquet alleging he deliberately crashed during the 2008 event under instructions from Renault boss Flavio Briatore, who has quit.
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- Anthony Moulder, Head of Transport & Infrastructure Research, CLSA Australia
- Bob East, Chairman Tourism Australia/ Chair Experience Co (EXP)
- Brett Mitchell, Regional Director APAC, Intrepid Group
- Darrin Grafton, Co-Founder, Serko (SKO)
- David Hammon, CEO & Director Hammons Holdings, (Scenic World/Sydney Harbour Bridge Tourism Experience)
- Dax Eddy, Executive Director, Jamberoo Action Park
- Jamie Pherous, Managing Director, Corporate Travel Management (CTD)
- Jeff Lewis, Vice President Technology & Strategic Initiatives, TripAdvisor
- Josh Oakes, Director, The Sunshine Tribe
- Kathryn Valk, Director of Marketing, Royal Carribean Cruises Ltd
- Les Szekely, Managing Director, Grand Prix Capital, early investor in SiteMinder and Rezdy
- Nigel Benton, Publisher, Australian Leisure Media
- Quirin Schwaighofer, co-Founder and COO, MadeComfy
- Rachel Wiseman, Chief Investment Officer, The NRMA
- Robert Halfpenny, Managing Director, Aurora Expeditions
- Rod Cuthbert, Founder Viator, Former Chairman Rome2rio
- Rob Smith, Divisional Director, Australia/New Zealand, Merlin Entertainments (LON: MERL)
- Sue Badyari, Chief Executive Officer, World Expeditions
- Simon Lenoir, Co-Founder, Rezdy
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