[Wikimedia-l] AffComs $40,000 Hong Kong junket

Michael Peel email at mikepeel.net
Mon May 13 20:05:53 UTC 2013

From my reasonably extensive experience of international travel, $200/night is actually quite a lot. That's €154 or £130. In contrast, I've stayed in the centre of Paris at short notice for €116/night, and in the centre of London for ~£80/night, both at fairly decent hotels. Paris and London are both more expensive cities that Hong Kong, so I'd expect the daily rate here to be closer to $130/night, and ideally less than that where bookings are made sufficiently in advance.

I don't think the issue here is with AffCom; rather, it's with the WMF's standard choices of hotels, which tend towards the more expensive options. I hope that the WMF can revise its approach here and start selecting more reasonably-priced hotels for those it's booking accommodation for, whether they are volunteers or staff.


On 13 May 2013, at 20:45, Nathan <nawrich at gmail.com> wrote:

> $200 per person per night for international travel is not outrageous.
> It's actually quite reasonable, in my opinion, for business travel. I
> don't think it reasonable to expect people who don't know eachother or
> even work together to room together for a week in a foreign country.
> The question you should be asking isn't "are the rates of expenses in
> Hong Kong too high" but "did the purpose of the travel justify the
> facially reasonable expenses."
> ~Nathan
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