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04/04/07
Elite Meetings International Launches First-of-its-Kind Web Site That Sets a New Standard for Meeting and Event Planning
Extensive database of North America's top resorts and hotels establishes a one-stop-shop for planning professionals
(Santa Barbara, Calif.)—Elite Meetings International announces the launch of EliteMeetings.net, a brand-new Web site debuting this week. The site offers planners a comprehensive and complimentary database of hundreds of top resorts and hotels to assist them in planning meetings and incentive trips. At the same time, innovative features such as “Speed RFP” and a cutting-edge “Click to Talk” option build in efficiencies designed to save users both time and money.

With its clean, user-friendly format, EliteMeetings.net allows visitors to search for properties by desired features, then returns numerous matches within seconds. The detailed property profiles include meeting space information, the number of guest rooms by type, hotel capacity, transfer time to and from nearby airports, and food and beverage offerings.

To streamline the search for first-class event venues, EliteMeetings.net presents only those properties that have been approveed by the Elite Meetings Advisory Board—a team of key players in the corporate planning and hospitality industries.

“The Elite Meetings Web site is unlike anything else out there,” says Kelly Foy, CEO of Elite Meetings International and publisher of Elite Meetings magazine, which is launching in unison with EliteMeetings.net. “It tailors its listings to planners seeking upscale, luxury, and otherwise exceptional properties rated by industry insiders and is not limited to certain brands or hotel affiliations.”

Other noteworthy features include the “Speed RFP” option, which allows planners to request simple dates and rates as well as fully detailed proposals. A “Click to Talk” button appears with each featured property profile. Users simply click it to initiate a phone call to the desired resort or hotel’s sales department.

Another interactive component of EliteMeetings.net allows hotels to post group value dates they are looking to fill throughout the year. Plus, planners can post reviews and ratings of the properties where they’ve held events. This gives peers an exclusive inside scoop on each venue.

The launch of the Web site follows closely on the heels of the hugely successful Elite Meetings Alliance business and networking event held at Sundance Resort in Utah, which brought together representatives from more than 100 of the industry’s top hotels and leading planners. The Alliance is expected to generate in excess of $8 million in contracted business.

“Our ultimate goal is to initiate business between hotels and planners and to simplify the planning process for both parties,” notes Foy. “The Web site accomplishes this by offering instant access to factual and credible information, and does so in a way that had not been available until now.”

Based in Santa Barbara, California, Elite Meetings International delivers smart and efficient solutions to the upper-echelon groups segment of the hospitality industry. Through its annual publication, Elite Meetings magazine; the Web site, www.EliteMeetings.net; and semiannual event, the Elite Meetings Alliance, the company connects top meeting and incentive planners with the best hotels and resorts in North America. For more information on Elite Meetings International, please call 805-730-1002. For media kit information, please visit www.elitemeetings.net/mediainfo.

Media Contact:
Elite Meetings International
Kelly Foy, CEO
805-730-1002
www.elitemeetings.net