January 01, 1998
Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts January 1998 Current Issue
January 1998

RFPs galore. The request for proposal has wiggled its way onto the Web, winding up on both hotel and meeting sites. Radisson Hotels Worldwide (www.radisson.com) was one of the first to offer the service; go to the main menu and choose "meeting request," fill out the form, and get a response (so they say) within 24 hours. Click on "group meeting" at the Doubletree Hotels site (www.doubletreehotels.com) to get to its RFP. The pages also offer the Online Meeting Planner, where you can book a week-long schedule without speaking to a sales rep. EventSource (www.eventsource.com), an event search engine, just introduced its RFP service called BookIt! Fill out the form, and it can be broadcast to any or all of the more than 7,000 hotels and venues in the database. An extensive electronic RFP is also available at PlanSoft (www.plansoft.com), another meeting planning resource site. Then there's MeetingPath (www.meetingpath.com), "connecting New England's meeting industry online." Register here and you can create and save both facility and service RFPs, review ones you've already created and send them out several times. * SARAH J.F. BRALEY

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