1. Protecting Room Rates Despite all your legwork to find the right location and room rates for your meeting, even after the contract is signed you may find that the hotel is in the marketplace promoting lower rates over your blocked dates. Is there anything you can do? Barbara Dunn, Esq., of Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Chicago, advises planners to raise the issue with the individual hotel, the national sales office for that chain, or even the local convention and visitors bureau. ...

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