(from the peanut gallery:)
OTOH, perhaps people could live from lunch to dinner without
Would better integration with local economies around meetings help?
Would people volunteer to scout out alternatives? Aren't hotel and
starbucks cookies much more expensive than small-business cookies?
(Sure, the hotels will "tax" the "imports" in the "total package
Hotel-residing meeting attendants: spend more of your per-diem on
tips at the hotel to (sorta) compensate. In the long term, that'll
bring down "total package cost", too.)