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02/12/08 Takes Bronze in the 51st Annual Adrian Awards
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., January 31, 2008—Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced today the company’s Web site,, won Bronze in the Web Marketing category of the Adrian Awards, held annually by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Nearly 1,300 entries from around the world took part in this year’s competition, judged by expert hospitality, travel, tourism, and media professionals. was judged one of the best in its category.

“It is very exciting to be recognized by HSMAI as one of the best Web sites in the travel industry,” said the company’s CEO, Kelly Foy, “as they have become the industry champion in identifying and communicating trends in the hospitality industry.” Foy continues, “We’re doing everything in our power to ensure is the most useful, accurate, efficient, and powerful tool in the industry. We welcome comments and suggestions about all of our products that will further enhance our offerings.”

To that end, EMI plans to launch the 2.0 release of this quarter, with a full complement of new features that will include a brand-new look, intuitive search functions, helpful tutorials, and enhanced RFP tools.

The recognition is the second in recent months received by EMI. The company’s magazine, Elite Meetings, received a certificate of merit in the Premier Print Awards competition from the Printing Industries of America (PIA). The competition, called the world’s largest and oldest program recognizing printing excellence, recognizes excellence in design and print production. “To be a acknowledged among all of the magazines out there—particularly in the magazine’s first year—was truly gratifying,” Foy says.

About Elite Meetings International
Based in Santa Barbara, California, Elite Meetings International connects top meeting and incentive planners with the best hotels and resorts in North America. Through its annual publication, Elite Meetings magazine; Web site,; and semiannual event, the Elite Meetings Alliance, the company provides a complimentary and comprehensive resource for high-end planners and a targeted vehicle for luxury properties to reach this highly qualified audience. For more information on Elite Meetings International, please call 805.730.1002. For media kit information, please visit

About the Adrian Awards
In its 51st year, the Adrian Awards ( continues to capture and showcase industry achievers and ROI-producing materials from hotels, airlines, attractions, car rental companies, casinos, convention centers, cruise lines, destinations, restaurants, and spas, as well as time share and extended stay properties and industry suppliers. The Adrian Awards are presented by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), an international organization of sales and marketing professionals representing all segments of hospitality, travel, and tourism.