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Online Meeting Planner Battles Heat Up

Only days after the launch of StarCite.com as a B-to-B e-commerce site for the meeting planner crowd, the competition, MeetingCity.com, said it will launch a consortium site for corporate, association and independent meeting planners.

MeetingAlliance.com, set to launch Jan. 16, aims to be a gathering place for meeting professionals, offering service and assistance.

"We have used our experience building MeetingCity to ascertain our members needs, and The MeetingAlliance consortium Web site will be very different in both design and content, said Derek Atkin, the president of both MeetingCity.com and MeetingAlliance.com.

MeetingCity is the Internet division of Windsor Consultants, a provider of outsourcing, technology and interactive meeting services for meeting planners and their suppliers.

MeetingCity is a portal and resource center for meeting, event, incentive and corporate travel planners. The site provides listings of and links to more than 10,000 suppliers worldwide.