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EliteMeetings.net to Launch First-Ever Online
Community for the Luxury Meetings Market
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Nov. 14, 2007—Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced today the November 27 launch of the new community components on EliteMeetings.net. The new blog and forum tools, designed to encourage member interaction and contribution, represent the first of many new tools that will be available on EliteMeetings.net. A full complement of new features will be unveiled in January 2008, upon completion of a newly designed version of the site.

New discussion forums on the seven-month-old site encourage the exchange of ideas in a professional environment tailored to meeting planners and luxury hoteliers. In addition to open forums, the new Elite Meetings Community will offer private discussion boards where meeting planners can discuss issues with their peers in an exclusive environment. A second private forum, available only to hoteliers, encourages a similar exchange among industry colleagues. Elsewhere in the forum, hoteliers will be able to upload information regarding new developments at their properties.

“An online social community for the top tier of the market has been needed for years,” says EMI’s CEO, Kelly Foy. “We’re proud to be the first to launch such a tool. Our number one goal has always been to provide useful solutions to the meetings industry. We’re confident these new community features will be well received by everyone who visits our site.”
 
The new features look certain to enhance visitor loyalty to the already-popular site. Recent data on return visits to EliteMeetings.net show that 759 visitors have returned to the site at least 201 times in the last month. Another 300 have returned between 101 to 200 times each in the same period. “The quantity and quality of EliteMeetings.net members we’ve received in such a short period of time is unheard of,” says EMI’s chief information officer, Bradley Pirman. “It proves the content and tools provided on EliteMeetings.net are desperately needed in the industry.” 

Future plans for the site’s relaunch in January include a brand-new look, intuitive search functions, helpful tutorials, and enhanced RFP tools.

About Elite Meetings International

Based in Santa Barbara, California, Elite Meetings International connects top meeting and incentive planners with the best hotels and resorts in North America. Through its annual publication, Elite Meetings magazine; Web site, www.EliteMeetings.net; and semiannual event, the Elite Meetings Alliance, the company provides a complimentary and comprehensive resource for high-end planners and a targeted vehicle for luxury properties to reach this highly qualified audience. For more information on Elite Meetings International, please call 805.730.1002. For media kit information, please visit www.elitemeetings.net/mediainfo.

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Contact:

Susan Campbell, Editorial Director
Elite Meetings International, LLC 
805-730-1002

www.elitemeetings.net
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Also See: Elite Meetings International Welcomes Brad Pirman as CIO / October 2007
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Elite Meetings International Opens Latin America & Caribbean Offices; Mauricio Aceves, Caroline Musy, and Renata Villa appointed to management team / July 2007
Elite Meetings International Announces Capital Investment from Jones Equity Partners; Company receives initial $2 million investment, backed by $5 million in revolving credit / July 2007
ELITE MEETINGS International Welcomes Thérèse Hilton as the Newest Member of the Team; The company states this is the first of many key hires in anticipation of exponential growth in 2007 and 2008 / June 2007
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 / April 2007
Elite Meetings International Launches First-of-its-kind Website, Setting 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 / April 2007
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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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