Every year I organise a weekend ride to Bright (NE Vic). It usually occurs around the last weekend of April, sometimes on Anzac Day weekend. Anyway, today I call the Alpine Hotel to book accommodation for ten blokes. Sorry, all booked out, but you can call our affiliate hotel, the Star. So I do. They have rooms but they require a min. two night booking. Eh? Since when? Apparently the two hotels, which are owned by the same people, have decided to implement a 2 night booking policy for peak event times, such as Anzac Day weekend, the "Gala" weekend when I tried to book, when greenies infest the joint to watch the leaves fall off trees (I'll bet they don't hang around to help clean them out of gutters, etc..). They spun a line about doing extra sheets, etc. but that's crap. That has to happen regardless. It's about maximising accommodation revenues. I've been booking weekends at Bright since 1999, and always around the same time. And we've never had to have a 2 night booking. Obviously some bean counter, or the guy who owns the pubs, has decided that this is a good way to get some more dough out of the tourism trade. Am I annoyed? Yes. What am I gonna do about it? Probably nothing, unless we can perhaps organise a boycott of the place. But who would be interested in doing this? Probably no-one. We can't even agree on action when more serious issues are presented to us. Looks like I'll have to either abandon this ride weekend - first time in 15 years too, or look for somewhere else to go for a ride to.