As the popularity of spas has skyrocketed at financial and insurance meetings, planners have started to carefully manage the process of site selection, booking, and contract negotiations. “If we're going to a big spa destination, such as the Grand Wailea [Resort Hotel and Spa on Maui], we grab our blocks early,” says Marla Hannigan, senior meeting planner for Mutual of Omaha in Omaha, Neb. “It's the same kind of rule that applies to golf.” How early? Typically, Nikki Cloutier, senior ...

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