Originally Posted by Gizmo
Every year the MOA reserves about 70 rooms for the rally. These rooms are set aside for the committee chairs and staff, many of whom arrive at the rally by Monday, work 16-hours-a-day throughout the rally, and don't leave until Sunday afternoon.
Another example: Some of the rooms are usually reserved for the entertainment, who require hotel rooms as a part of their contracts. If the audio/visual or sound & lighting people come from out of the area, they may also require lodging as part of their contracts.
If you consider that one of the requirements for a rally site is that there needs to be 1500 - 2000 rooms within 30 miles, setting aside 70 rooms for the key volunteers and staff should not make that much of an impact.
Most of your board members will be camping on site in our tents, with our brothers and sisters.
True Story: When I chaired Lima, one of the attendees created all kinds of havoc because he could not reserve a room at the Hampton. I had set all of their rooms aside for the MOA. The Hampton called me, and I called him to try to settle the problem. Imagine my surprise when he told me that he already had rooms reserved at two other motels, but wanted to also reserve at the Hampton. He said he always does this, and then when he gets to town for the rally, he decides which place he likes the best, and cancels the other two.
Thanks for taking a moment and looking at it from a different vantage point. I suspect you are right when you say you may be able to get a room due to a cancellation.