Most bankers know the conference routine, perhaps too well: fly to a large city, stay in a big hotel, sit in a dark, cold room listening to presentations, wander a carnival-like exhibit hall, meet and greet during meals and vendor-sponsored parties.

A British company called RMR PLC is trying to replicate that experience — minus the tedious parts — on the Internet. On Sept. 18 it kicked off VirtualBanking2000, “the world’s first virtual banking conference and exhibition.”

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