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Time to forget the room block?

Hi. I wanted to harvest some thoughts about in-house accommodation services and whether it’s worth the hassle? We run a annual meeting for around 2,000 people, but so many of them now book outside the block that it hardly seems worth it. We are finding it hard to compete, not just with airbnb, but last-minute booking sites that sometimes offer a better deal than we can. Ideally it would be good to have delegates in official hotels as it facilitates networking etc…but it might be time to accept defeat?