The size of our meeting requires that contracts are written well in advance of the meeting itself. The contract for this meeting was written and signed in 2011. We created the size of our block based on our typical number of rooms reserved in previous years – and increased those numbers substantially, anticipating some increased interest in this location. Additionally, once we realized that space was going to be at a premium, we worked with The Homestead to increase our block for both 2013 and 2014 to the maximum number of rooms that the hotel could provide at the time. The interest that The Homestead has generated has been unprecedented, but once we knew that, it was much too late to increase our block any further. The hotel had already booked another (much smaller) group after our contract was signed, leaving very few rooms available outside of the room block. Therefore, we continue to partner with the hotel to make the most of the available space. In the event that the meeting should return to The Homestead in future years, we would work with the hotel to create the largest block possible.