* www.iacconline.com The International Association of Conference Centers has enhanced its Web site. In addition to a searchable database of 300 IACC member centers worldwide, visitors can consult the "virtual concierge." This feature offers links to attractions (museums, restaurants, shopping, sporting events, and recreational facilities) in a given meeting city. Also available is the IACC job board, where members and nonmembers can post employment opportunities or an anonymous resume at no charge.
* www.swan-dolphin.com What makes this hotel site unique is that it becomes a planner's personal site. Call a Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.) sales specialist and minutes later you'll get an e-mail with a user ID and password that will take you to your own Swan and Dolphin Web site. There you will have access to diagrams of the meeting space at each property (including 500 possible meeting setups), plus information on guest rooms, restaurants, and recreation.
Share the site with the rest of your meeting team by simply forwarding the e-mail with the ID and password. There's more: Once you have your itinerary confirmed, you can create program and resort information for attendees at the Web site to print out and distribute. Or, give attendees the Web address and let them go explore it for themselves.
* www.ggisb.com Check out the Frequently Asked Questions at this site to read about celebrity fees and quirks. Laura Fenamore, president of the Golden Gate International Speakers Bureau in San Anselmo, Calif., has gathered some fun and useful information for meeting planners about speakers, from how to get out of a speaker rut to how to get Bill Gates for free (he has to feel compelled by your meeting or your cause).
* www.randmcnallystore.com If you're in the market for a map, look no further than this site. The online catalog also offers atlases, travel guides, travel software, and other travel resources and accessories. If you just want to browse, you'll find updated road construction and weather information, user forums, special event listings, and more.