The Olympic Impact of Visa Regulations on SponsorsWednesday, July 30, 2008 10:08
When the visa problems all began 6 months ago, the primary target seemed to be teachers, students, long term working tourist, tax evaders, and others who were enjoying the lax enforcement of visa policies.
There were, and continue to be, a lot of legit business men and women who have also been caught up in this as well, and through a few conversations recently I have come to realize that there is now another category of people who have been impacted
That’s right.. the firms who have spent millions (hundreds of millions) on sponsorships, and who were granted hospitality packages, are actually having trouble ensuring their clients can get the visas they need to enjoy the seats, the gifts, and the games.
For those I have spoken to, not only is this disappointing, it is downright expensive as the clients were being given a full package of hotels, tickets, events, etc and a lot of that money is already spent.
So, for those of you who are gunning for those inside tickets, or perhaps are worried about not getting a hotel room I would just suggest calling up last minute to see what opportunities arise. there are bound to be last minute deals, and depending on who you know, you might just find yourself living the life of a Fortune 500 Board member for a week.