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An interesting question posed by Association Meeting's editor in the May edition of AM Extra e-newsletter brought in a flood of e-mail: How does the commoditization of hotels rooms (attendees going for the lowest price) affect group room blocks?

The answers ranged from chopping blocks by 30 percent, to increasing registration fees to cover meeting space rental, to begging--pardon me, asking--attendees to honor the group rate since that's what pays the freight for the meeting.

What's it doing for you these days, association planners?

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