Back in my Event Management days certain hotels and venues were notorious for doing deals with AV companies which led to the situation that this video would have been an accurate description of.
Does it continue today? Unfortunately yes.
It also applies to in-house caterers in certain venues (ie pay a whopping fee to bring in your own caterer).
Is this practice as widespread as 15 years ago? Please leave your comments below.
Of course another issue is venues charging for AV services for small events and then not having a technician on hand to address any issues that arise – eg just have wait staff available (who may or may not know how to operate the microphone or data projector).
Thanks to the guys at Scene Change for the heads up on this video.