Meeting planners are having a tougher time these days when booking events in hotels, due to the current high levels of overall lodging demand, as well as ongoing growth in the group demand segment. For hoteliers, meanwhile, the challenge is booking those meetings when the hotel actually needs the business, at rates that revenue managers will approve. It’s a situation that’s only been exacerbated by the minimal recent new supply in the large, full-service, meetings-oriented hotel sector. Planners are now needing to fit increasing amounts of groups in the same number of hotels, which in many cases may already be flooded with higher-rated transient demand. And since it would theoretically take years to build more meetings-focused hotels, the status quo isn’t likely to change soon. Get the full story at HNN Read also "The outlook gets pricier for event planners" at Skift