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by Michael Shapiro | March 30, 2010

Online meetings management tech provider StarCite announced Thursday an exclusive partnership with EveryScape, which produces 3D interactive web tours. Hotel members of StarCite's  Global Online Marketplace now have the option of adding the tours -- called "WebScapes" -- to their listings. Demos of more than 20 such tours have been posted here. The tours were a bit choppy when viewed over a DSL connection, but your mileage will likely vary. From a planner's perspective, the additional tours should be welcome. I've yet to speak with a planner who would be comfortable booking a hotel based on an interactive 3D tour instead of a site visit, but the added insight can help narrow down one's list of potential venues -- and even provide a helpful reminder for layout purposes once a venue has been booked.