I should check the stock market to see if there is such a thing as "furry con hotel futures." If there is, I will be investing a shitload of money into it! Seriously, WTF is up with con hotels lately?!? The FC room block opens up and within a day the hotel nearly sells out?!? OK, I may be exaggerating, but if you wanted a double-queen room for the entire convention time, you're S.O.L. Suites? Yeah, right. Executive level? Nope. Similar things are going on at MFF and AC. Kage had to initiate a deposit system for AC. There was much bitching and gnashing of fangs, but I think a system like that is pretty good. How many folks book rooms with no definite plan to actually attend? With no penalty for cancellation up to a day of the actual reservation, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. With the early sellout of cons, this simply feeds the speculative nature the beast. "Oh! I had better reserve my room EARLY because they will all be sold out! I don't have a way to get to the con. I might not have a job next year. I really can't afford to go to the con. BUT I MUST RESERVE MY ROOM NOW BECAUSE IF I WAIT I WON'T HAVE ONE!!!!"
I know that there is a fine line between hotel and con space with cost of space the other wild card. The sweet spot would be place where we could fill a hotel with furs where the hotel had lots of space and would be so happy that we could fill it, that we would get the space at a bargain basement price. AC has lots of con space, but it seems that hotel space is at a premium. FC is just getting way too big for both con and hotel space. It NEEDS to move and hopefully will next year. MFF outgrew both it's hotel and con space and will be in new digs this year. The major downside to MFF is lack of overflow hotels nearby.
The fandom is growing and we're right at the point where are big cons are too big for the smaller venues but too small for the bigger venues. I guess we'll just have to endure the tight spaces until we become something like a ComicCon or a WorldCon. Can you imagine that?!? 40,000 furries with 4,000 fursuiters running around?!?