Christine Duffy of Maritz Travel to Deliver Keynote Address at the Fall 2010 Elite Meetings Alliance

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Elite Meeting Alliance (EMA) to focus on the evolution of the industry

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We’re extremely pleased to have Christine join us as keynote speaker. She’s an outstanding voice for the industry, and we think her insights will be beneficial to everyone in attendance.

Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced today that Christine Duffy, president and chief executive officer of Maritz Travel Company, will be the keynote speaker at their upcoming Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA), being held October 3 – 5, at Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, Virginia. The three-day event, the eleventh for EMI, will bring together prequalified corporate and association meeting professionals with leaders in the hotel industry to cultivate relationships and conduct business through prescheduled one-on-one meetings, informative education sessions for CMP credits, and various networking events. Duffy will address the event’s theme of evolution within the industry in her keynote speech entitled “Coming Out of The Storm…Leading Through Change & Opportunity.”

Duffy serves on the board of the U.S. Travel Association where she has been a strong advocate in the media and on Capitol Hill for the value of meetings and incentive travel. Named one of the "25 Most Influential Executives of 2007" by Business Travel News, she served on Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Board of Directors for six years— including one year as Chairwoman—and also founded MPI's Women's Leadership Initiative. Duffy was inducted into the Convention Industry Council Hall of Leaders in 2007.

“We’re extremely pleased to have Christine join us as keynote speaker. She’s an outstanding voice for the industry, and we think her insights will be beneficial to everyone in attendance,” says Kelly Foy, chief executive officer of EMI. “As our industry grows more acquainted with a new set of norms for conducting business, it’s important to have an open dialogue in order to grow and adapt.”

EMI has gone through its own evolution with the addition of two technology products: FaceTimeTM Appointment Scheduler (http://www.FaceTimeScheduler.com) and SpeedRFPTM (http://www.SpeedRFP.com). FaceTime has been used to preschedule one-on-one appointments at industry shows for MPI’s MeetDifferent and World Education Congress, and will soon be utilized at the upcoming Motivation Show in Chicago. SpeedRFP, a new time-saving product for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online, is quickly being adopted by hotels and meeting professionals alike.

“We’re excited to demonstrate our new products at the EMA,” Foy states. “We are continually striving for ways to help the industry be more efficient, and feel our products and event can help save the valuable time that everyone is looking to hold on to.”

About the Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA)
The EMA is a three-day, invitation-only event that brings together prequalified corporate and association planners with leaders in the luxury hotel industry to cultivate relationships and build business. Featured are private, personalized business development meetings, continuing education breakout sessions for CMP credit, and unique networking activities. The next EMA will be hosted at Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, VA, October 3-5, 2010. To learn more and register, visit http://www.EliteMeetingsAlliance.com.

For more information on the Elite Meetings Alliance, e-mail EMATeam@EliteMeetings.com or call (805) 879-4485.

About Elite Meetings International, Inc.
Based in Santa Barbara, Elite Meetings International, Inc. (EMI) provides integrated solutions to enhance the performance of meeting and hospitality professionals. EMI supports this community through a combination of innovative technology, direct sales support, customized marketing programs and face-to-face business-building events. Additionally, http://www.EliteMeetings.com serves as a commission-free RFP-generating tool and a comprehensive vehicle for sourcing luxury, upper-upscale and upscale properties. EMI's innovations include FaceTimeTM Appointment Scheduler (http://www.FaceTimeScheduler.com), a sought-after program for helping conference attendees identify synergies, manage appointments, and make direct connections with one another; and SpeedRFPTM (http://www.SpeedRFP.com), a new time-saving product for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online. For additional information, please visit http://www.EliteMeetings.com or call 805-730-1000.

About Maritz Travel
St. Louis-based Maritz Travel is the global leader in helping companies achieve business results through the effective use of meeting, event and incentive travel programs. Maritz Travel works with companies to reward and recognize top performers, ensure effective communications to customers or staff, spur innovation through enhance collaboration, and improve customer, employee and channel partner engagement.
Maritz is a sales and marketing services company, which helps companies achieve their full potential through understanding, enabling, and motivating employees, channel partners and customers. Maritz provides market and customer research, communications, learning solutions, incentive initiatives, rewards and recognition, effective meeting, event and incentive management services and customer loyalty programs.

For more information, visit http://www.maritz.com or call 1-877-4MARITZ. Follow us on Twitter @ Maritz_LLC.

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