Finding downtown hotel space for a reasonable rate can be a daunting task. Here are six tips from veteran planners: APPLY PRESSURE — If you're not getting anywhere with your hotel manager, go to the hotel chain's national sales representative. If you strike out there, don't hesitate to phone the city's convention and visitors bureau. Don't be shy about putting pressure on a hotel, especially if you have a large group. SEEK THE OFF-PEAK — Ask high-demand major-city hotels about room ...

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