PlanSoft Database now at Beginning this month, visitors to the Adams Business Media site,, will have immediate access to the PlanSoft Network, a database listing every North American hotel facility with 5,000 square feet or more of function space--nearly 8,000 in all. Many of the listings include 360 degree panoramic views of meeting rooms, guest rooms, and public space, allowing meeting organizers to do virtual site inspections. An electronic request-for-proposal system lets users send their meeting dates and specs to one or dozens of hotels and to hear back about availability and rates within a designated time (48 hours is the average). The network also includes listings for 14,000 suppliers to the meeting industry. By the end of the year, the site will add thousands of hotels outside the United States.

A new "Planning Guide" section at PlanSoft's site will feature a compilation of feature stories and daily news articles on meeting planning issues, supplied by Adams Business Media. The archives will be searchable.

"People want access to tips, advisories, and news," says Ted Frank, PlanSoft vice president. "[With this alliance] two visionary organizations are working together to integrate content and e-commerce."