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by Jonathan Vatner | March 22, 2010

Groups looking to cut back on expenses should try to trim the number of meeting rooms booked, suggests Duane Mah, director of catering at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles (310-228-1234; centuryplaza.hyatt.com). Except in special cases, don't book more than 20 square feet per person. Offer working lunches to avoid having to rent a separate room for meals, and try to keep all A/V-intensive sessions to one room. As a bonus, using less space will group attendees more tightly, making for better networking.