TalkBoard Topics - BED BUG in THESE HOTELS sticky idea?
Nov 17, 10, 6:55 pm
Would there be any merit to having a thread/sticky dedicated to ft-er's posting any hotels where they've discovered bed bugs? I know there are non Ft.com websites that offer info, but I'm surprised I didnt see anything obvious when searching for something similar on this website. Dont know if this is the right thread, but figure its close to travel safety and security.
I know that bedbugregistry.com offers info on US hotels, but I'd like to see reports on non US hotels as well.
Nov 18, 10, 12:52 am
Since you posted your question in the Travel Safety & Security forum in one of its busiest anti-TSA-measures periods I can ever recall, I've moved this to where proposals for structural changes or additions can be considered - TalkBoard forum.
You will at least get some attention here for this idea, even if it's likely that the advice is about the best forum to begin your sticky thread.
I like the idea. Good luck with this; you might find that Budget Travel would be a good place - or check that forum and the Hotel Deals forum in case there have been previous discussion threads about bedbug factories. :)
BiziBB, temporarily assisting in the Travel Safety & Security Forum
PS. There are plenty of threads on TSS, so I figured there is probably enough to read about on nudoscopes and intimate frisking there without considering bed bugs! That's why I deleted the subsequent posts about TSA and airport searches, here from yourself, trvlr64, tev9999 and RVP. :)
Nov 18, 10, 1:53 am
bedbugregistry.com isn't exactly something that is accurate, IMHO, only because there's no accountability on that website. Someone could have a bad stay & report they had bedbugs. A hotel could be trying to make it's competitor look back by reporting that they stayed there & had bedbugs, etc, etc...also, I think the media has probably blown this out of proportion.
As for a sticky thread in the TS/S (or even in the brand forums), I think it's totally unneccesary - if someone were to run across bed bugs (and I believe this has happened before), they'll start a new thread about it. That said, if you want to start a list in a forum, you have the ability to do so.
I don't see this as a TalkBoard issue as much as it would be an individual forum/moderator issue.
Just my 2 cents...
Nov 18, 10, 9:53 am
I second bhatnasx. That was exactly was I was thinking as well.
Nov 20, 10, 4:12 am
I'm all for expanding FlyerTalk's reach and making us the "go-to" destination on the Internet for as many travel-related subjects as possible, but I have to agree with bhatnasx. It really looks like something that's not really manageable and has the potential for far more abuse than its potential for helpfulness.
It's not really something that can be handled in an organized fashion in a forum-type setting (at least not without some serious volunteer commitment for organization and research--commitment I'm not sure we can ask for). It would really need to be its own separate section of the site with a database of hotels and then perhaps some kind of voting or comment-type setup, organized probably much like TripAdvisor reviews or something. But that would need to be something set up by the site owners, Internet Brands, not TalkBoard (which only holds oversight over the forum portion of FlyerTalk). Perhaps try making a suggestion in the Suggestions forum (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/suggestions-387/), which is monitored by Internet Brands.
Nov 20, 10, 8:18 am
Can anyone name even one hotel that will not have bed bugs tomorrow?
It can be the cleanest possible hotel in the world, but if someone checks in today after spending a night in a hotel which does have them the new hotel is also likely to become infested (at least in one room).
Until such time as hotels are able to use some kind of spray which will eliminate the possibility of bed bugs, such a forum would be useless.