The Lowdown on Third Parties

With the growth in outsourcing of meeting planning, one type of meeting industry supplier is becoming increasingly popular: the site selection firm. These firms come in all shapes and colors: Some handle destination research and contract negotiation, while others also manage your meeting. Site selection companies are paid a commission, usually 10 percent of the total guest room revenue, by the hotels.

Take Irvine, Calif.based Site Services, for example. Founder Laurie Mirman and her e

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