Hotel reservations

The deadline to book a room at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown Hotel at the conference rate was 13 October and the hotel is now sold out. Please see alternative hotels below:
Notice: Be cautious of housing pirates and poachers
We have been informed that registrants and exhibitors of the HBA 2017 Annual Conference are at risk of being contacted by fax, email or phone with offers for discounted housing rates. Their intent is to convince you that the offer is made on our behalf or that the soliciting company is a viable alternative to booking through HBA’s room block. This is not true.

How it works
Room poaching is a practice carried out by third-party companies that act as travel agencies or exhibitors services companies. The poacher may call or email you to inform you that the hotel room block is sold out, and that if you do not book with them immediately, you may not get a room. Additional deceptive tactics include distributing forms or promotional materials that appear to be issued by HBA.

Room poachers often don't deliver on promises to customers. It is common that when customers of poachers arrive at the hotel, reservations are non-existent. Sometimes the rooms have been cancelled and hefty cancellation fees have been placed on the customer's credit card without authorization.

Along with deceiving attendees, room poachers could cause difficulty for the HBA to meet our room block commitments. This exposes HBA to penalties, increased room rates for our guests at future events and could threaten HBA's finances for this important event.

Don' t be misled. If you are contacted by anyone asking if you need a room for the conference, please take their contact information and company name and send it to HBA’s conference manager Kacie Sheppeck. The HBA will send cease-and-desist letters out to the offenders.

If you have any questions or receive a message you think may be suspicious and want to confirm with us, please email us