Housing pirate information


What is a "housing pirate"?

Commonly referred to as "housing pirates" or "housing bandits," these are companies that reach out to attendees and exhibitors, claiming to offer good deals on hotel rooms. They may falsely claim to be affiliated with ARVO.

No ARVO-authorized organization will contact you about ARVO Annual Meeting hotels or housing. Unless you have initiated the communication, please do not provide anyone with your personal information, especially your credit card number. If you provide your credit card information to one of these companies, your card may be charged and there is no guarantee you will have a room upon your arrival in Seattle. ARVO will never ask you to use PayPal or Venmo as a payment method

Reporting fraud

If contacted by someone asking if you need a room at ARVO or representing themselves as the "ARVO Housing Bureau," please:

  1. Get as much information as you can, such as the name of the company, the name of the person calling, company address, email address and their telephone number. The more information you are able to collect, the better for us to stop them from contacting others. If possible, please request information such as hotel availability and rates or have them send this information to you via email.
  2. Contact, with all the details you are able to provide.

2024 pirates

ARVO is not affiliated with the following companies for the 2024 Annual Meeting (Contract with them at your own risk)

    • BHP Rooms Acquisitions, Inc.
    • CBS Trade Shows Guide                                                                                                                          
    • CongressBookers Ltd
    • Elite Housing Service
    • eMedEvents                                                                                                                                        
    • Eurolink Medical Congress
    • Global Travel Expo using Right Signature
    • HLS Global
    • HotelRoomBrokers GmbH                                                                        
    • National Travel Associates
    • Perfect Privacy, LLC or FHT
    • PR Medical Events
    • Progress Expo Services
    • SB Tours, Meetings and Events LLC
    • The Exhibitor Housing Company

ARVO is not affiliated with any of the following, who approached ARVO attendees and exhibitors in the past:  

    • CBS International
    • Cecile Latapie with Direct Clic                             
    • Diamond Housing Associates
    • Douglas Moore, Dana Brown or Phillip Gould
    • Event Connections
    • Exhibitors Housing Services
    • Global Housing Services Inc.
    • NTA 
    • Trade Show Housing