IACC Proves It's No Dinosaur with New Web Site The opening of the 18th annual conference of the International Association of Conference Centers was centered around a prehistoric theme--with the co-chairs dressed as Fred and Wilma Flintstone and an imaginary "Bedrock Conference Center." But there are few organizations more ahead of the technology curve when it comes to Web sites.
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. The site now allows planners to submit requests for proposals directly to IACC members. In the past year, there have been 946 RFPs generated at the site. A new "Planners Only" feature allows planners to archive their RFPs and to sign up for customized news from conference centers that fit their meeting specifications. The site also has a virtual area that has links to preferred vendors.
IACC also showcased a promising meeting format known as the "open space meeting," a free-form concept where session leaders choose their own discussion topics.
Interestingly, with all the discussion about the effect of technology on meetings, whenattendees were polled about their main reason for attending the IACC conference, 58 percent said they came for the networking.