October 01, 1999
Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts October 1999 Current Issue
October 1999

Now open for business. Using some of the cool functionality the Web has to offer, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau ( has unveiled a new site for meeting planners where a live salesperson monitors who is viewing the site and can conduct a real-time dialogue with visitors. The chat function is built into the Web site with software. the CVB's staff member helps visitors navigate the site, finds what they're looking for easily and answers any questions that might come up. Other new features on the site are up-to-date information on hotel inventory and development, a constantly updated convention calendar, an online RFP and a sophisticated, citywide search engine.

I'll get my own plane, thanks. Planners interested in chartering planes can check out aircraft, find airports and make reservations at (


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