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post #1 of 122 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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If you are staying at the Gaylord, there is a $10 parking fee plus on top of your room cost. That parking fee has been negotiated down from $18.50/day to $10 a day. This fee is imposed by the Hotel Parking Management, not GWRRA. For those who are not staying on the property, maybe staying at a different hotel or camping, we wanted to give you the opportunity to have in and out parking privileges for a flat fee of $50 for the duration of the event. That means you could go in during the morning, go out on a ride, come back in and the cost is included within this parking pass for the five days. With their current parking fee structure, without either staying on the property or buying this parking pass, you would pay $10 each time you went in and parked each time - even if you parked, then brought your bike into the building for service and then went back out to park. We, GWRRA, felt that was unfair for anyone staying off property and negotiated this parking pass option. This negotiated price was done with our Members best interest in mind. This gives you, our Member, the best possible option under the circumstances. These $50 parking passes can be purchased at the Valet desk inside the lobby of the Gaylord. For those staying at the Gaylord, simply use your room key to gain access to the parking areas.
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post #2 of 122 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 08:34 PM
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I would suggest that GWRRA find Host Hotels that do NOT charge for parking. I don't really care about the Hotel that much BUT, having to pay for parking to attend GWRRA sessions needs to looked at VERY closely (and eliminated).

While I appreciate that GWRRA was able to "get a deal", a better deal would be "no charge".
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Wow that doesn't sound very inviting. I may forgo this Wing Ding if that's the game rules.
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Or just hold the event at some county fairground where the parking would be plentiful, free, and the local community would even benefit financially from the event. That could be a win - win.

I've stayed at the Gaylord on company business and it is nice, but I'm not paying those kind of rates. I would like to go to Wing Ding once and see what it's like but even though only 200-250 miles from me, I'll pass I suppose.
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Or just hold the event at some county fairground where the parking would be plentiful, free, and the local community would even benefit financially from the event. That could be a win - win.

I've stayed at the Gaylord on company business and it is nice, but I'm not paying those kind of rates. I would like to go to Wing Ding once and see what it's like but even though only 200-250 miles from me, I'll pass I suppose.
Ah, like the fairground at Billings? I seem to recall that worked rather well.
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I wonder what gets kicked back to the GWRRA in either freebies or cash. This type of thing is why members are leaving, the wrong folks(members) are being charged. It would seem to me that the cost for parking, police to secure the lots and protect our bikes would be included in the relatively high registration fee. After all the vendors have to pay a high premium to rent space and probably a portion of their take in addition to whatever taxes they pay to Texas.

Just the room rates are exorbitant! I mean is a bed and bath really worth what they are asking. And if you have to invest two, three days, or more to travel there you have already spent a good deal of money, Why doesn't GWRRA find ways to make it cheaper?
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I understand GWRRA must fulfill a contract signed years ago with the Gaylord properties by X date. That would explain the location. Texas in August? Um, I don't think so.
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We stopped going to WD's years ago (except for a few years ago when it was in Madison). It was fun years ago when they didn't have all their rules that have to be followed.

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Stopped attending GWRRA functions quite a while back...I was a member for about 3 years and never really saw any benefit to belonging.

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We stopped going to WD's years ago (except for a few years ago when it was in Madison). It was fun years ago when they didn't have all their rules that have to be followed.
We went to Madison also. (It was our first Wing Ding actually,) after buying our new F6B. Kind of like the Valkyries I owned previously I didn't really own a "real" Gold Wing and we felt somewhat out of place both due to our relatively younger ages, lack of matching apparel and stuffed animals on our bike. Truly the only reason I went was for the vendor area and that part of the event met all expectations.

Now that I have a full Wing things may be a bit different, but still the age gap, lack of matching clothing and stuffed animals remain.
If another one was held closer to me or at a destination I was interested in I would go for a day for the vendor area but that's about it.
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