Attendees at the 14th annual Affordable Meetings national conference, held in December in Washington D.C., learned that a scalpel can be more effective than a machete in reducing meeting expenses. In her session Building a Better Meetings Budget, Vicky Betzig, CMP, vice president of operations, JR Daggett & Associates, Brookfield, Wis., gave tips on shaving costs. Here are some: Hotel contract negotiations — Planners should negotiate into the contract things such as VIP limousine ...

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