Are site inspections for meeting planners going the way of the buggy whip and the dodo?

An amazing 61.4% of 192 respondents to's latest poll said they would choose a meeting property based just on information, specs and photos found on the internet -- without even conducting an in-person site inspection.

"As the sophistication of Web sites continues to advance, many properties now offer 360-degree views of guest rooms, meeting space, banquet space, and other areas, allowing planners to get a solid idea of a property's feasibility for their meetings," said MiMegasite. "And when it comes to judging the service staff at a property--which obviously cannot be done over the Web--many planners rely on word-of-mouth anecdotes and recommendations if they are not going to conduct an in-person site visit."

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