EliteMeetings.com Wins Bronze in HSMAI'S Annual Adrian Awards Competition

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Winners Honored at Adrian Awards Gala Jan. 26, 2009 in New York City

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We're extremely proud to be recognized in this way

EliteMeetings.com received a Bronze Adrian Award for Web Marketing excellence last night at the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) 52nd annual Adrian Awards Competition. The Adrian Awards represent the largest and most prestigious travel marketing competition in the world.

HSMAI paid tribute to EliteMeetings.com, the Web site of Elite Meetings International (EMI), during the 19th annual HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala, a black-tie affair attended by more than 1,000 hospitality, travel, and tourism marketing executives, on Jan. 26, 2009, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

"We're extremely proud to be recognized in this way," says EMI CEO Kelly Foy. "Our goal for the relaunch of EliteMeetings.com was to create an extraordinarily useful and comprehensive search and RFP engine for meeting planners that would allow them to find compatible hotels and resorts for their functions. It's gratifying that our efforts have been so well received."

The 2008 Bronze Adrian Award for Web Marketing excellence represents the second in as many years for EliteMeetings.com. This year's contest attracted nearly 1,300 entries from around the world, with entries judged by top executives from all sectors of the industry.

About Elite Meetings International:
Elite Meetings International is based in Santa Barbara, California, and connects top meeting and incentive planners with a hand-selected, independently evaluated group of upscale hotels and resorts throughout North America via their semiannual publication, Elite Meetings magazine and semiannual event, the Elite Meetings Alliance. Additionally, the company's Web site, EliteMeetings.com, serves as a commission-free RFP-generating tool and a comprehensive vehicle for sourcing luxury properties. For additional information, please visit http://www.EliteMeetings.com or call 805.730.1000.

ABOUT HSMAI:
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. For more information on HSMAI, 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 the website at http://www.hsmai.org .

Contact:
Christine Lai
Elite Meetings International, Inc.
805.730.1000
clai (at) EliteMeetings (dot) com
http://www.EliteMeetings.com

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