IACC ON TECH TRACK Though the opening of the 18th annual conference of the International Association of Conference Centers centered around a prehistoric theme (with the co-chairs dressed as Fred and Wilma Flintstone and speaking from the imaginary "Bedrock Conference Center"), there are few organizations more ahead of the technology curve.
The buzz at the mid-April conference, which drew 423 attendees to the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, Calif., was all about IACC's enhanced Web site, www.iacconline.com, which lets planners directly submit requests for proposals to IACC members. In the past year, there have been 946 RFPs generated at the site.
A new "Planners Only" feature lets planners archive their RFPs and sign up for customized news from conference centers that fit their meeting specifications. The Web site also has a virtualarea with links to preferred meeting vendors.
Interestingly, with all the discussion at the gathering focused on the effect of technology on meetings, when attendees were polled about their main reason for attending the IACC conference, fully 58 percent of them reported that they came for the networking.