Hotel Booking Error Sells Weekend Stay For 1 Cent

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A romantic weekend at a four-star hotel near Venice, Italy, was sold on the Internet for just a penny. The mistake was made at the Atlanta offices of Intercontinental Hotels Group. The company says the chain will honor the offer. Nearly 230 patrons booked reservations before the mistake was discovered. The Crowne Plaza hotel stands to lose nearly $130,000 because of what's termed a human error.


And today's last word in business is vacation for a penny at a four-star hotel near Venice, Italy. It was not a recession-era marketing gimmick but rather an Internet blooper. The Crown Plaza Hotel mistakenly advertised its rooms online for one cent. One cent. More than 200 people rapidly booked reservations at the hotel before the computer error was recognized. And now the hotel chain says it will honor its offer, even if it was a mistake. That's one cent more that they're getting. The hotel is expected to lose about $130,000.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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