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Elite Meetings International Joins Keep America Meeting Campaign
Elite Meetings International (EMI) has launched an effort to gain exposure for the Keep America Meeting Campaign. In partnership with U.S. Travel Association and industry leaders from key organizations, Elite Meetings International is encouraging its corporate-planner users, representatives from its 800+ Elite Certified hotels, and numerous other industry connections to participate in the grassroots effort aimed at drawing attention to the important role meetings play in building successful businesses, as well as the vital role meetings, events, and incentive travel play in the American economy.

"Meetings and events have an important place in our economy," says EMI CEO Kelly Foy, "and we're committed to doing everything we can to raise awareness of that fact. Working as we do with a broad spectrum of both planners and hoteliers gives us a unique perspective on how the recent economic events affect this industry."

To support the effort, Elite Meetings International is reaching out to the planners who frequent, to the 800+ Elite Certified hotels found on the site, to its proprietary database of meeting decision makers, and to groups in Facebook, Linkedin, and the forum.

Elite Meetings International supports the grassroots effort on behalf of the U.S. meetings and events industry, which, according to the U.S. Travel Association, accounts for 15 percent of all travel-related spending, creates nearly $16 billion in tax revenue at the federal, state, and local level, and generates more than one million jobs. Without the jobs generated by meetings, events, and incentive travel, the current unemployment rate of 7.6 percent would rise to 8.2 percent and cost the average American household an additional $136 in taxes annually.

The campaign asks supporters to go to its Web site and sign an online petition. The petition signatures will be delivered by Keep America Meeting to the U.S. Travel Association and industry leaders from key organizations to fuel industry-wide efforts with the White House and the U.S. Congress.

Keep America Meeting was created by TBA Global in partnership with the U.S. Travel Association with support from the Event Marketing Institute. It is endorsed by a non-partisan group of associations, publishers and companies. Organizations interested in becoming a Keep America Meeting endorser agree to fully promote the cause and can sign up on the Keep America Meeting Web site.

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.

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Christine Lai
Elite Meetings International, Inc.