Get 150 corporate meeting planners in a room, ask them what their average booking window is, and they’ll tell you 36 days. And that may not change any time soon. A recent study conducted with planners who averaged a total of 15 annual off-site meetings found that last-minute meetings have become the norm, with 60 […]
Looking for software to help connect attendees to exhibitors and sponsors? FaceTime is an online appointment scheduler developed by Elite Meetings. The program allows users to search attendees by specific parameters and see available appointment times, manage personal appointment schedules and network.
Ootoweb is an online attendee management system that lets planners manage registration and housing information and access real-time meeting details through their iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The user-friendly, but comprehensive system also allows attendees to register through mobile devices. Free for the first month and $49/month afterwards; there are no transaction fees.
If time is a premium, checkout Tom’s Planner, a simple, yet intuitive, online project scheduler. The planner allows you to create schedules with drag and drop options, share them with your team and securely save them on your computer. Schedules also can be exported into Microsoft Project and incorporated into reports with images. Membership is […]
LaQuinta Resort & Club in LaQuinta, Calif., has an arsenal of new online tools for meeting planners, including an e-Event booking engine for small groups that bundles room, F&B and A/V reservations, and a personalized online group page.
Who knew you could get smarter and help end hunger at the same time? FreeRice.com is an online game that donates grains of rice every time you answer a vocabulary question correctly. (Don’t worry, it doesn’t shut off if you get a few wrong.) Logging in allows you to keep track of how much rice […]
Noovee.com is a metropolitan travel and lifestyle portal targeting individuals who place a high premium on style and authenticity, which make it a good resource for planners researching entertainment and dining options for Gen X, Next and Millennial attendees.
OK, so I’m a typical Gen Xer: I’ve got MySpace, Facebook, Quechup, LinkedIn and SecondLife profiles; I subscribe to blogs and list serves and have been known to podcast. But, it never fails to amaze me how many of my peers think what they broadcast on the Internet is private. Excuse me, but if you’ve got a LiveJournal or profile page set to public, people are going to read about how you chose to play golf instead of go to work.
Next year, meeting planners will be able to book groups into 250 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza and some select Holiday Inn hotels online.