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Commission-Free Policy Drives Traffic to
SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. (February 19, 2009) – Elite Meetings International announced today that traffic to its Web site,, grew by 205% in the 30-day period ending February 18, 2009. The 12,915 absolute unique visits represent a surge from previous 30-day averages. Similarly, unpaid search engine referrals grew by 198% to 10,222. Direct traffic to also grew by 63% to 3,414.

CEO Kelly Foy attributes the growth to a number of factors. At the beginning of January, the company announced that it was taking the unprecedented step of charging no commissions on bookings made through its RFP system. Other contributing factors include the ongoing SEO enhancements and continuous marketing efforts to increase visibility. "We're beyond pleased with the response to our commission-free policy and to our concerted efforts to become a go-to source for planners researching and booking their meetings and events," says Foy. users include corporate, association, incentive, and third-party planners seeking high-end properties. The site offers a powerful consolidation tool for managing multiple RFPs and an exhaustive search engine of more than 800 properties. Every hotel and resort on the site was independently evaluated by the Elite Meetings Advisory Board, an independent body of experienced hoteliers and planners from such wide-ranging brands as Destination Hotels and Resorts to Coca-Cola, Cisco Systems, and the Hess Corporation.

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 serves as a commission-free RFP-generating tool and a comprehensive vehicle for sourcing luxury properties. For additional information, please visit or call 805.730.1000.


Christine Lai
Elite Meetings International, Inc.