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In the early 20th Century, the new interactive technologies are growing sharply. The changes impacting the designs of a meeting, such as the format, budget and the why to conduct. Today, most of the conference companies provide online meeting services– virtual and hybrid meeting, which transform formal meetings into new level. According to ‘’Internet World Stats’’, there are only 361million internet users in 2000. But in 2012, there are nearly 2.5 billion people using internet which increased 566% within 10 years. It has been seen the advances of technology brought a lot of changes. This study is to find out the impact of technology when planning a meeting, the limitation, pro and cons of using technology and also the furfure trend of technology meeting.

Convention Industry Council (2001) has defined that meeting is a gathering for business, educational, or social purposes. Associations often use the term to refer to a combination of educational sessions and exhibits. This can include seminars, forums, symposiums, conferences, workshops, clinics, etc. In 2010, Skype provided high-definition online video conferencing for fee which leads visual meeting began to rise and gradually replace live meeting in part. Also, it provides opportunities for meeting planners to delivery higher quality meetings. On the other hand, mobile phone is also well developed in recent year. In 2012, the number of smartphones reaches 1 billion in world. More and more phone Apps spring up and make people convenience to hold a meeting. Future watch (2011) Survey has indicates that more than 80% of meeting professionals use smartphones and other mobile devices in their jobs. It shows that the development of technology make meeting professionals can design their meetings and communication with their client everywhere.

Today, social media is a major interactive technology use to promote and assists in holding a meeting. Mr. Vanneste (2012) has defined that Social media is any form of



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