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09/30/08
Elite Meetings Magazine and EliteMeetings.com Each Win Bronze Ozzie
Folio Magazine's Prestigious Award Recognizes Excellence in Design
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Elite Meetings International (EMI) received two bronze Ozzie Awards from Folio magazine in the largest awards competition in magazine publishing. The Eddie and Ozzie Awards recognize excellence in magazine editorial and design.

Elite Meetings magazine received bronze for "Best Overall Design" in the business-to-business publication category. Each magazine was judged in its entirety, including sections, departments, and features for readability, ease of navigation, use of art and images, and appropriateness of design to the subject. The second Ozzie went to EliteMeetings.com for "Best Site Design" in the business-to-business category for outstanding design, functionality, and navigation of a Web site.

"We're thrilled, of course, to receive these awards -- doubly so because both our magazine and Web site were recognized for their design," says Kelly Foy, CEO of Elite Meetings International. "To win in the company of Billboard and CFO magazines, the gold and silver award winners in our category, is a testament to how far we've come in just two short years."

Creative Director Murray Adams explains, "Ease of use and a clean, high-end look are key factors in everything our in-house design team creates. It's really rewarding to see these efforts recognized by industry peers and authorities."

Some 2,800 entries for the Eddies and Ozzie portions of the competition were evaluated by a jury of more than 100 expert judges. Winners were revealed last week in Chicago at the annual Folio show. Folio is a monthly magazine devoted to the magazine and publishing industries.

About Elite Meetings International

Elite Meetings International is based in Santa Barbara, CA, and connects top meeting and incentive planners with the best hotels and resorts in North America through their annual publication, Elite Meetings magazine and semiannual event, the Elite Meetings Alliance. Additionally, the company's Web site, EliteMeetings.com, serves as a sourcing and RFP vehicle for planners searching for luxury properties, and is provided online as a complimentary and comprehensive resource. For additional information, please visit http://www.EliteMeetings.com or call 805.730.1000.