Make That Meeting HappenWayne Kawamoto
For a true logistical nightmare, try arranging a meeting in a distant city with people coming from every corner of the nation. A couple of Web sites promise to help ease the planning process. With AllMeetings.com, you designate a city for a meeting, as well as the number of participants and where they're flying from. It then gives you a list of hotels with adequate facilities and adds up the total cost (including airfare). The site can give you a big head start on looking for facilities and a quick idea of the going prices. EventSource.com takes a different tack. It lets you research venues and then provides price quotes within 24 hours from those that fit your criteria. The site also features an online auction in which hotels and other facilities bid for your business.