Crowne Plaza Opens in Second Life

5th July 2007 (Last Updated July 5th, 2007 03:47)

Busy executives now have a secure space to meet in the virtual world with the launch of The Crowne Plaza's The Place to Meet Island in Second Life. InterContinental Hotels Group, owner of Crowne Plaza Hotels, says the island will allow organisations to experiment with hosting meetings i

Busy executives now have a secure space to meet in the virtual world with the launch of The Crowne Plaza’s The Place to Meet Island in Second Life.

InterContinental Hotels Group, owner of Crowne Plaza Hotels, says the island will allow organisations to experiment with hosting meetings in the virtual world without having to commit a significant amount of their own resources.

IHG says companies are becoming increasingly interested in utilising virtual spaces for their business needs and they have determined there is a real need for private, independent, purpose-built meeting spaces in the virtual world.

The company says outside of company’s private islands there are no meeting spaces in Second Life providing the security, privacy or reservations systems that a real-life meeting facility would offer.

Three types of “meeting rooms” are available; the Executive Room, providing a traditional boardroom space; the Lounge Room, providing a more informal meeting area; and the Theatre Room, for addressing large audiences.

All rooms are equipped with streaming audio, video, presentation and image capabilities and are available free of charge for up to eight hours.

Second Life is an Internet-based virtual world which enables users to interact with each other through motional avatars on a series of private and public islands.