American Society of Hematology

Housing Fraud Alert

Please note that SPARGO, Inc. is the only official housing provider for the 59th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition. Each year, ASH is made aware of "pirate" housing companies and travel agencies that aggressively pursue attendees to book their guest rooms at supposedly significant discounts. Do not be misled by companies that solicit you over the phone and misrepresent themselves as ASH's official housing provider. ASH has NO affiliation with these organizations and does not endorse their services.

Room pirating is a practice carried out by third-party companies that act as travel agencies, wholesalers, or destination management companies to solicit attendees for room reservations for other organizations’ meetings. Please be vigilant if approached by any company or service other than SPARGO, Inc.

Deceptive tactics by housing "pirates" may include:

  • Informing attendees and exhibitors that the ASH hotel room block is sold out and that if you do not book with them immediately, you may not get a room
  • Distributing forms or promotional materials that appear to be issued by ASH
  • Non-delivery of promises to customers (e.g., when customers arrive, reservations are sometimes non-existent or the hotels are not conveniently located)
  • Illegally using ASH's name and/or logo to falsely represent themselves as being affiliated with ASH

If you are contacted by someone asking if you need a room for the ASH annual meeting, and the individual is not a representative of SPARGO, Inc., please get as much information as you can about the company and contact the ASH Housing Center immediately.

ASH Registration and Housing Center

11208 Waples Mill Road, Suite 112
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 888-273-5704 (U.S. toll free)
001 703-449-6418 (International)

Email: ashhousing@spargoinc.com

Hotels for the 2017 ASH Annual Meeting in Atlanta must be reserved directly through the official ASH Housing Center.

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