StarCite Launches Meeting Cost Calculator

Philadelphia -- StarCite, a leading provider of web-enabled meetings technology, has launched an online tool that lets planners quickly compare the average potential cost of holding a meeting in various destinations.

StarCite's Meeting Estimator, available at www.starcite.com, automatically figures the average room rate per attendee as well as air fare based on the attendee's originating destination.

Room rates are drawn from hotels contained in StarCite searchable database, the vast majority of which are full service. Air fares are based on an average of refundable and nonrefundable tickets.

"The complexity of comparing different locations and estimating potential air and hotel costs has traditionally been daunting for meeting planners," StarCite chief executive Michael Boult, said Tuesday in announcing the new product. "We developed the Meeting Estimator to help cut through the clutter and enable planners to make better, more informed decisions."

To use the Meeting Estimator, a planner enters the potential meeting destinations and arrival airports, and then enters the origination airports and number of people flying from each airport. The tool then calculates the total meeting cost and average per-person cost for each destination.