FAQ's

Event planner, help with hotel site selection, RFP management and contract negotiation. Worldwide

Can ORIGIN work with any hotel in the world?

Absolutely! Just because we're based in Boston doesn't mean we only serve the Boston area. ORIGIN will work with your organization no matter where you're located. We secure hotels anywhere in the world and we have no affiliation with any specific hotel brand. Our goal is to find our clients up-scale hotels, in the best locations, at the lowest price point, with a variety of value-added contract terms. 

Luxury Hotel Room with 50 inch flat screen and fantastic view.

Are ORIGIN's services really 100% free?

 It's hard to believe but yes! We get paid an industry standard fee by the hotel you end up selecting. There is absolutely no charge to your organization for our services. ORIGIN is not biased. We work with every major hotel brand in the world. This means we don't push you into certain hotels.. Our goal is to simply get the best hotels at the lowest costs for group meetings and events.  

Meeting space at a hotel

Will the hotels raise their rates to include ORIGIN's fee?

Never! This is fully transparent. We will walk through everything with you and answer any questions you have up front. 


Your rate isn't affected because hotels allocate for this and they pay us from their marketing budgets. Hotels would much rather pay a small industry fee to get definite business, than spend a ridiculous amount of money on something like a magazine ad with no guaranteed return.

Corporate Event at a Luxury Hotel

We don't need your help. We already have a relationship with the hotel we use every year.

That's fantastic! However, we're a free service. Why not get a proposal from a few other hotels, or even the same hotel, just to see what they might not be offering you? Or perhaps we can find a new property in the same location, with lower rates and more value-adds. The hotel you use will still be there the following year. You never know, maybe the attendees may enjoy a change of venue as well?

Hotel Event Space, with built in audio-visual. Free service for corporate and association events.

We are currently using another hotel site selection company.

ORIGIN has the in-house hotel sales experience the others can't always offer. The larger site selection companies don't require their experts to have in-house hotel sales experience. They hire just about anyone because they take 50% of their commission. This is how independent contracting companies work. They claim they train their independent contractors but classroom training isn't sufficient when you're negotiating with seasoned hotel sales teams who do this day in and day out! 

It's our view that the best ammunition when negotiating with hotels, is years of experience in the actual hotels themselves.  This is what produces the best results.. There are a plethora of companies who call themselves meeting planners or hotel site selection companies but have no in-house hotel experience. This is where we differentiate ourselves. 

Meeting Room at a nice hotel

We already use the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

CVB's are great in that they help save time. However, they don't negotiate contracts on your behalf to get the lowest room rates and the best contract terms possible. They're strictly hired to promote their own city. More often than not, they have little to no in-house hotel sales experience. 

What if you are looking at multiple cities for your event? You would have to use a different CVB contact for each city. 

ORIGIN is your dedicated partner for all locations anywhere in the world. We have a long proven track record for success . Please click Testimonials in the menu bar tab at the top of the page, or click our LinkedIn icon below for more reviews.

ORIGIN Meetings is accredited by IATAN

Make sure you're working with an accredited partner! There are many 3rd party organizations that don't meet the strict industry standards to receive IATA accreditation. This means they are not a hotel trusted entity and they will be extremely limited in what hotel brands they can offer.