A new online RFP engine is available for meeting planners who need to find locations and convention facilities in the Asia-Pacific region. Hong Kong-based EventClicks (www.eventclicks.com) promises to turn around requests within 30 minutes, according to CEO Tom Murphy, a 30-year senior event management veteran of IBM.

EventClicks' RFP process is similar to that of other online site selectors: The request is acknowledged by an account executive dedicated to the requesting client, who will coordinate information between the planner and venues by e-mail, phone, or fax until a venue is under contract. Like most online RFP engines, the service is free to planners. EventClicks makes its money on fees paid by the properties.