THE U.K. ONLINE If you're looking for a meeting site in the U.K. or Ireland but you don't need a primer on planning or a chat with other Web denizens or any other flashing, spinning, pulsing distraction, venuedirectory.com is your kind of Web site.

And the name actually explains what the site offers; venuedirectory.com has a user-friendly interface for site searches, the ability to e-mail or fax RFPs to up to 50 hotels, and, well, that's it. There aren't even any banner ads.

Venuedirectory.com plans to expand its directory to include properties in North America. In the meantime, if you're looking to meet across the pond, this site, which launched back in 1994, should be your first stop online.