< PrevNext > Online Direct Booking for Meetings By meetings tech consultant Corbin Ball / 29 January 2018 Share Of the 1.8 million meetings held annually in the U.S., small meetings—50 people or fewer—represent a large percentage. They are often simple, one-day events in a single room with basic A/V and catering. However, hotels have often managed these meetings in the same way they manage larger events, assigning a sales person and negotiating a contract. This costs time, labor and money for the hotel and the event organizer, but it is changing. Small meetings arrangers will access direct, online booking of meeting space and experiences in 2018, and they’ll have a number of tools to choose from. Streamlined processes promise to save planners time and effort from traditional RFP booking engines, a key event tech trend to watch in the coming year.