I agree - thus was about parking at WD - don't think anyone is trying to bash GWRRA. I am one of the old life members - joined back in 1983 - so, its been 34 years.
What I (and I posed on the GWRRA boards) and others are saying is that we simply believe it is not fair to have to pay such price for parking. Never before at all of my WDs have I ben asked to pay for parking - and am especially bothered that they suggest if I say visit the vendors for one day and go in and our, I have to repay to again the bike.
Here is the letter I sent - lets see if I get a response.
Gaylord Texan Resort
1501 Gaylord Trl.
Grapevine, TX 76051
My name is Don Ferguson –my wife and I currently live in Michigan –almost 1200 miles or so from you. We are “life” members of GWRRA (and also Marriott Rewards members). We also ride motorcycles and enjoy our time simply traveling around visiting a number of places, including venues like Wing Ding.
Last year, we were in Billings, MT – our first time ever and we had a blast. When we learned that Wing Ding was going to be in Taxes this year, I suspect we were the first to register. A number of our cold Michigan winter hours were spent arranging the perfect trip to Texas this summer – all Marriot hotel stays along the way have been booked. We are also registered for four (4) days at a Marriott property in Texas.
Today, we got a note from GWRRA indicating that there will be a $10 parking fee for our visit to your hotel. If I left and came back, there would be another $10 fee. I could however, pay you $50 which would allow us in and our visits.
I will just cut to the chase – I called GWRRA and said absolutely not. I also called your hotel, gave them my name and said absolutely not. I refuse to allow you to hold me hostage when you have an estimated 5000 or so riders coming to your areas to spend upwards of $5 million in just a 5-day period.
If we are not that important to you, I will simply cancel my Texas trip and all of my Marriott reservations. Our motorcycle Boards are ringing about his very thing – and I promise you – several others feel the way I do.
With this letter, I am also sending a copy to your Convention Bureau – 636 S. Maun St. Grapevine, TX 76051. Who knows, perhaps my comments will not make a difference. However, as I cancel each room, when they ask why, I will let them know that it is because one of the sister hotels, in my opinion, found it necessary to charge our motorcycles to park during the Wing Ding Convention.
Today’s question – how much do you not gain if parking were free? How much do you lose if no one comes? When you balance that – we can all be winners.
Donald M. Ferguson
CC. Grapevine Convention Bureau