I really don’t have a problem with the concept of sending someone to see something in person that they have to prepare for. However....
Five days in a hotel = four people = $390 per night per person. That’s more than three times the amount I paid at the Holiday Inn Express in Atlanta when I went there in December. Airfare for four people = $1,310 per person round trip, which is many times higher than a similar ticket I bought from Seattle to Atlanta - and I was flying first class.
Good for the newspaper to make this a big deal. It’s not a lot of money, but it does expose the mindset of the people involved.
Um, Hotel rooms for the NJ Super Bowl are already booking at 3x to 12x the average daily rate. Super Bowl hotel packages always go for that inflated rate.
As long as these four people were actually shadowing their New Orleans counterparts and picking up useful knowledge, it seems like an essential element in preparing for the Super Bowl, the largest organized sporting event in North America.
I am going to New Orleans for a job interview in about a week. I am forward the internary that the company gave me, and the money on it. It is about 1000 for a two day trip. Airfare, Car Rental, Hotel. Imagine the Hotel would be 3 times the amount for Superbowl sunday. Superbowl Ticket, even a “cheap one” is like 1200-1500. Not sure, why they would to have to pay it, could have been comp by the NFL if their trip was so necessary. So the tally is 450 for airfare, 900 for hotel, 350 for a car, and 1500 for a ticket, giving me $3200 for just one of them at the high end.