Getaways for Good Online Travel Auction Open for Bidding

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Destinations include Hawaii, Dubai, New York, Las Vegas, London

The HSMAI Foundation online fundraising auction Getaways for Good includes everything from exotic once in a lifetime experiences to weekend getaways available across the nation. Among the items up for bid at http://www.cmarket.com/hsmaicoulterauction:

•3 Nights at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
•5 nights in Two Bedroom Suite at Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites
•3 night package at The Broadmoor including Golf for 2
•3 Nights at Atlantis - Paradise Island, Bahamas
•2 Round Trip Airline Tickets within Continental US

A portion of the proceeds from the travel auction will go to support the various missions of the over 50,000 members of participating partner organizations: American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA), American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT), International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. The balance will go to the HSMAI Foundation to fund industry research, publications, educational programming and academic scholarships for students in hospitality programs throughout the world.

The "Getaways for Good" Auction is sponsored by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International Foundation which was established in 1983 to serve as the research and educational arm of HSMAI. Its mission is to provide opportunities to support and grow the sales and marketing profession, including the awarding of over $10,000 in educational scholarships annually and the publication and distribution of educational materials such as the recently published "The Traveler Marketer's Guide to Social Media and Social Networks" and "Demystifying Distribution 2.0".

Bidding runs until March 15, 2010. More information on the online auction is available at http://www.cmarket.com/hsmaicoulterauction.

About HSMAI and HSMAI Foundation
HSMAI is the hospitality industry source for knowledge, community, and recognition for leaders committed to professional development, sales growth, revenue optimization, marketing, and branding. With a strong focus on education, HSMAI has become the industry champion in identifying and communicating trends in the hospitality industry, and bringing together customers and members at annual events, including HSMAI's Affordable Meetings®. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Established in 1983 to serve as the research and educational arm of HSMAI, the HSMAI Foundation's mission is to expand and enhance the educational opportunities available to hospitality sales and marketing executives and to increase the amount of in-depth research conducted on behalf of the profession. For more information on HSMAI or the Foundation, contact the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, Va. 22102; (703) 506-3280; fax (703) 506-3266, or visit http://www.hsmai.org or http://www.hsmaifoundation.org. Join our social networking communities on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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