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 The Carino Collection Announces the Date for
its Annual Meeting and Projects Another Year
of Record Setting Growth

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With more than 60 hotels in nearly a dozen countries, and the industry’s
leading web-accessible database of corporate, leisure and group account
information, CARINO sees 2004 as a “break-out” year and anticipates
continued expansion in 2005 

NEW YORK, November 16, 2004 – When CARINO Collection members meet to review the company’s results at its annual meeting in early 2005, they will learn that they are part of the travel industry’s leading representation company, which boasts the fastest growth and the most comprehensive suite of business-building tools available in the corporate and leisure markets. CARINO’s annual meeting will take place at The Yale Club in Manhattan on January 18, 2005.

In 2004, the company grew its portfolio to more than 60 hotels, expanded membership to 48 cities and eleven countries, and gained rapid market acceptance for its acclaimed SalesConnect? software. Currently in use by dozens of luxury hotels and a growing number of hotel brands around the world, SalesConnect? is the most comprehensive, sophisticated and flexible solution for building business in the corporate, group and leisure travel markets. 

According to Carino, 2004 was a “break-out year for the company, in which our investments in cutting-edge sales technologies, tools and member support personnel began to pay off.” He concluded, “Our domestic and international growth speaks for itself, as does the rapid acceptance of SalesConnect? in the travel marketplace. We expect 2005 to be a year in which the CARINO Collection further distances itself from the competition as the leading representation company worldwide.” 

In addition to its success with SalesConnect, in 2004 CARINO added distinguished new members including the Rockresorts portfolio in the United States, and Boscolo Hotels in Europe. 

In addition to sales visits and an analysis of the competitive landscape nationally and internationally, CARINO’s upcoming two-day annual meeting will feature a host of panel discussions, interactive seminars and networking opportunities. More than 100 hoteliers and invited guests are expected to attend.

Jeff Jobe, General Manager of The Heathman Hotel, Portland, called the anticipated gathering “the most informative, important meeting of the year.” He added, “CARINO deserves special congratulations not only for its impressive growth – but for establishing itself as the premier representation company serving independent hotels in the industry.” 

Personalized member services provided by the CARINO Collection include:

  • Real-time, web-based sales database management
  • Global and regional sales office support
  • Customized sales support 
  • Marketing support via cooperative marketing opportunities and negotiated packages to support key distribution partners
  • Special CARINO Collection Rates at all member hotels
  • Clearing, holding and reserving space for special accommodations
  • Special CARINO Concierge Desk to assist with special needs
  • Ability to “private-label” SalesConnect 2.0™ for hotel groups
The CARINO Collection is the only sales representation company that provides a centralized customer database, RFP tools and sales and marketing support for business hotels worldwide.  With offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Washington, D.C, and Philadelphia, CARINO is a full service sales and customer information company dedicated to assisting hotels with the sales process. For further information, visit us at www.carinocollection.com or contact Peter Kressaty at pkressaty@carinocollection.com or (212) 808-6590, fax (212) 808-6507.

SalesConnect2.0TM is CARINO’s proprietary, real-time web-accessible database of corporate, leisure and group account information.  It enables hotel sales departments to maximize sales potential by accessing real-time, up-to-date contact and business profile information and historical travel statistics, on existing and potential clients. SalesConnect2.0TM is the only truly end-to-end  sales system, in which call reports and traces are integrated in real time, creating the hotel industry's first interactive, online data mining strategy tool.

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Contact:
Michael G. Frenkel
 M FRENKEL COMMUNICATIONS, Inc.
 (212) 808-6556
 michael@mfcpr.com

 
Also See: The Carino Collection Adds RockResorts to its Growing Client Roster / July 2004
Colleen McCollum of the CARINO Collection Named Member of Board of Directors of Corporate Travel Association of New York / July 2004
The CARINO Collection Celebrates Record Setting Year of Growth and Expansion / January 2004
The CARINO Collection Expands Sales Management Team and Opens Los Angeles Office / May 2003


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