Day meetings have a reputation for being difficult to place, but that perception is changing. While hotel space is sometimes hard to find—hoteliers want to sell guest rooms before booking group meeting space—planners are finding plenty of alternative venues. Cheryl Geid, a national travel and meeting planner for Grant Thornton LLP, a Chicago-based professional services firm, has booked her day meetings in conference centers, sports facilities, restaurants … even a bus. And hotels are still ...

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