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Pyramid Advisors Offers StarCite Reg Tools
To Make Meeting Planning Easier

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BOSTON and PHILADELPHIA – April 12, 2005 – To enhance its appeal to the meetings market, hotel management firm Pyramid Advisors today announced plans to include StarCite RegWeb™ attendee management sites in selected meeting contracts at two of its properties in Houston, Texas, and Daytona Beach, Fla. 

As a value-add to attract selected meetings, sales executives at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort and Houston Marriott Westchase properties may include RegWeb sites as part of their meeting proposals to clients. Customized to each meeting, each site will allow planners to promote the meeting using built-in e-marketing tools, register delegates to the meeting, specific sessions or events, and book sleeping rooms. Depending on the number of registrants, the value of each site could exceed $1,000. 

“We know how challenging planning a meeting can be,” said Jim Dina, Chief Operating Officer of Pyramid Advisors. “From the moment a planner contacts us about a meeting, we’re trying to make it as easy as possible to execute a flawless, successful event at one of our properties. By including the buildout of a custom StarCite RegWeb site, we ease the pains of registration, allowing planners to focus on what they do best.” 
 

RegWeb’s easy-to-use interface allows meeting planners to quickly create a custom, secure Web site for their attendees to register for meetings, specific sessions or related events 24 by 7.  At any time, delegates can update their registration. Almost as importantly, planners gain access to centralized data to more accurately manage 
arrivals and departures, rooming lists, food guarantees, budgets and other details.

Online, automated management of housing, seminar and session capacities and meals also helps the hotels’ convention service managers more effectively and efficiently deliver flawless meetings to their customers. Planners can automatically send housing lists and updates to the hotel from their secure site. 

“Pyramid Advisors recognizes the value that StarCite’s proven attendee management application brings to its customers,” said John Pino, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of StarCite, Inc., Philadelphia. “By including free registration tools in meeting proposals, these properties have made it even easier for planners to book business. RegWeb™ is a proven time and money saver and certainly adds a level of efficiency and uniqueness to Pyramid’s value proposition to customers. We’re delighted to be part of their comprehensive solution to time-challenged planners.”

Located on the beach, directly across from the Ocean Center Convention Complex, The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort just completed a multi-million dollar renovation. The 746-room property features 60,000 square feet of meeting space, including an 18,0000-square-foot ballroom. 

The 600-room Marriott Houston Westchase is located in the rapidly growing Westchase Business District. Also recently renovated, the property features 40,000 square feet of meeting space in 22 rooms. 

About Pyramid Advisors
Pyramid Advisors is a hotel development, management and advisory firm headquartered in Boston. Founded in 1999, the company currently has a portfolio of 38 hotels with 10,400 rooms under management and asset management throughout the United States.  Among them are the Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs; Crowne Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk; Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort and Hilton Indianapolis; Doubletree Hotel Chicago-Oak Brook and Tarrytown; Marriott Residence Inns in Boston Woburn and Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf; as well as other brands and independents. For more information about Pyramid Advisors properties or services, please visit www.pyramidadvisors.com.

About StarCite, Inc.
StarCite, Inc. provides the most comprehensive suite of applications and services to the $300 billion meeting and events industry. StarCite helps drive efficiencies and cost savings to both corporate buyers and suppliers. More than 400 corporate, association and third-party meeting buyers rely on StarCite’s Enterprise Meeting Solutions for workflow, procurement, supply chain management, spend analysis and attendee management. Thousands of industry suppliers rely on the StarCite Online Marketplace, Supplier Marketing Programs and Enabling Technologies to increase meeting revenues. StarCite’s international division represents destination management companies and other premier international travel suppliers using both technology and traditional means. StarCite is based in Philadelphia. Investors in StarCite include Internet Capital Group (Nasdaq: ICGE); Maritz Travel Company; Seaport Capital; Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; and TL Ventures. For more information about StarCite, or its technologies and services, please visit www.StarCite.com.


 
Contact:

Jerry Daly
Daly Gray Public Relations for Pyramid Advisors
Phone: (703) 435-6293 
E-mail: jerry@dalygray.com

Mary Ann McNulty
StarCite, Inc.
Phone:  (267) 330-0510
E-mail: mmcnulty@starcite.com

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Also See: Dolce Selects StarCite To Power New Meetings Desk; Conference Leader Uses Lead Management Technology To Deliver Exceptional Service To Planners 24/7 / August 2004


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