I agree that as meeting planners we have two major responsibilities: 1. To find the most reasonably priced guest room rates in town or to negotiate the lowest guest room rate possible; and 2. To make every effort to explain to the membership why it is appropriate, beneficial to the association, and cheaper for the member to book within the block. If we fail to keep these responsibilities as our primary goals, we will soon find that the consequential cost of a convention or annual meeting ...

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