Online Meeting Auction a First It was only a matter of time until business-to-business auctions made it to the meeting industry.

On October 20, EventSource.com held the first-ever Internet meeting auction, where meeting organizers became the "sellers," with blocks of room nights they needed to book, and hotels became the "buyers," the bidders interested in the business.

Here's how an event like this works: A meeting to be "auctioned off" must be fewer than 180 days out, involv

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