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Elite Meetings International Launches First-of-its-kind Website, 
Setting a New Standard for Meeting and Event Planning
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Extensive database of North America's top resorts and hotels
establishes a one-stop-shop for planning professionals
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Santa Barbara, Calif. - April 11, 2007 - Elite Meetings International announces the launch of EliteMeetings.net, a brand-new Website 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 approved by the Elite Meetings Advisory Board—a team of key players in the corporate planning and hospitality industries.

“The Elite Meetings Website 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 Website 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 Website accomplishes this by offering instant access to factual and credible information, and does so in a way that had not been available until now.”

About Elite Meetings International, LLC: Elite Meetings International publishes Elite Meetings magazine, EliteMeetings.net, and hosts the Elite Meetings Alliance.  For more information on Elite Meetings International, please call 805.730.1002 or visit www.EliteMeetings.net.

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Contact:

Kelly Foy
kfoy@EliteMeetings.net
805-730-1002
 www.EliteMeetings.net

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Also See: Sundance Prepares for the Elite Meetings Alliance; Event unites top meeting and incentive planners with hotels and resorts for a one of a kind face-to-face business meeting experience / February 2007
Luxury Hoteliers and Corporate Planners Rave About the ELITE MEETINGS ALLIANCE; Next Alliance, Scheduled for March 19-21, 2007, at Utah's Sundance Resort / October 2006
Top-tier Incentive/meeting Planners and Hospitality Executives Join Elite Meetings Advisory Board; Magazine Featuring Best Properties to Launch in 2007 / October 2006
Top-tier Incentive/meeting Planners and Hospitality Executives Join Elite Meetings Advisory Board, Magazine to Launch in 2007 / September 2006
Top Corporate Meeting and Incentive Planner, Luxury Hotelier Gathering in September Has a Few Remaining Openings / August 2006
Hoteliers and Corporate Planners Give High Marks to Inaugural Elite Meetings Alliance; Next Alliance scheduled for September 10-12, 2006, at The Club at Hammock Beach in Florida / May 2006
Hoteliers and Corporate Planners Give High Marks to Inaugural Elite Meetings Alliance; Next Alliance scheduled for September 10-12, 2006, at The Club at Hammock Beach in Florida / May 2006

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