First off, I agree with the post that points out that this a website aimed at helping potential buyers to make a decision about whether or not to move forward with a purchase and thus will address that issue first.
Hey Potential Customer, Have you lost your mind. Why on earth would buy from a company who notoriously charges more for their product than the actual venue would. I worked for THG in numerous offices for a number of years, and believe me when I tell you that you will be sorry if you buy any event besides the Masters (they do a great job at the Masters for only 3K per person per day).. By the way, face value of a Tournament Ticket for the Masters is around $200 per person per day, but I am certain that your top clients will each eat & drink $2800 worth of food and drinks per day (lol).
For example, let's say you want to go to the 2009 US Open at Bethpage, NY next year. Go to the USGA website first dummy. If not, and you buy from these crooks, you will wind up in a tent at Battle Row Park which is NOWHERE near the actual golf course. You won't even be able to get a coke without trying to find a THG Shuttle, and then dragging your clients the 3 or 4 miles away back to the tent in the middle of nowhwere. Again, let's recap...go to the actual venue website first. The classic (and only) rebuttal you will hear from the salesperson is that "you will get quality time away from the crowds" (boy, thats for sure), and that "the food is gourmet with executive chefs, etc..." Let me put it to you this way, would you want to leave the MLB All Star game and hop on a shuttle to get a better hot dog? Nuff said on this.
Secondly, I almost barfed when I read Mr. Meakins post about how much he cares about his employees, blah blah ad nauseum.. Mr. Meakins is one of the cruelest people I have ever had the displeasure of working with/for. He opens most of his friendly advice with, "no offense mate" (yes, he is a Brit, as is all the top echelon of the company) before completely offending an employee in front of whoever happens to be around, many times with profanity and disgusting references about how an individual is "bending over and taking it in the you know what," if that employee is not forceful enough with some random CEO that he has just gotten off the phone with. I really could write a book about the abusive treatment I witnessed from this individual, but don't take my word for it, call ANYONE that ever worked in the now non-existent San Diego, Houston, Cleveland, Madison, or Atlanta Offices. Oh yeah, by the way, those offices are all closed now due to the mass exodus of great people who got tired of being treated like bad kids in a detention homes.
Finally, I will respond to any rebuttal of the above notes. I doubt anyone will have anything to say besides the usual, "that person couldn't cut it, etc." Ultimately, if you think about it, none of the leadership truly cares if you leave because the company will inherit all your accounts, and most likely rip them off over and over again as they obviously were not too sharp in the first place or they would never have become a customer.