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04/26/07
Elite Meetings International Launches New Magazine Showcasing North America's Top Hotels and Resorts for Meetings
"Elite Meetings" magazine, along with the newly launched Web site, are the ultimate resources for meeting and incentive planners
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — April 26, 2007 - Elite Meetings International announces the launch of Elite Meetings magazine, a brand-new publication that takes the guesswork out of meeting planning by presenting an exclusive collection of North America’s top hotels and resorts for destination meetings and incentive travel. Elite Meetings magazine is the only publication of its kind focusing on the upscale, group market and features properties endorsed by the Elite Meetings Advisory Board—a team of key players in the corporate meeting planning and hospitality industries.

The premier issue of Elite Meetings magazine was distributed to over 43,000 meeting, incentive, and event decision-makers this week, including: corporate planners, medical planners, association planners, and meeting management companies. Showcasing group-specific details in an easy-to-read layout, Elite Meetings magazine provides meeting planners with key property facts at-a-glance, including:

total room count
number of suites
total indoor meeting space
meeting space capacity charts
food and beverage averages for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
airport proximity
nearby activities

The launch of the magazine coincides with the launch of the Elite Meetings Web site (www.elitemeetings.net), a comprehensive database of hundreds of top resorts and hotels, that further assists meeting planners in organizing meetings and incentive trips. Among the noteworthy features of the new Web site are the “Speed RFP” option, which allows planners to request simple dates and rates, as well as fully detailed proposals, and the “Click to Talk” button, which 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 submit reviews and ratings of the properties where they’ve held events. This gives other users an exclusive inside scoop on each venue.

“The magazine and the Web site were borne from the realization that no comprehensive resources existed for planners in search of the top venues for meeting and incentive travel,” notes Kelly Foy, president and CEO of Elite Meetings International. “Elite Meetings’ goal is to provide planners with resources designed to connect them with the perfect property for their group event. We also aim to build a community where meeting planners can share input based on their experience and provide feedback and time-saving tools for others using the Web site.”

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