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HSMAI's Adrian Awards, Known as the “Oscars” of Travel
Hospitality Marketing, Presented at Gala In New York City
Achievement and ‘Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing’
MCLEAN, VA (Jan. 31, 2008) – The 18th annual Adrian Awards Gala was presented before a record-setting attendance of 1,004 top industry professionals on Monday night in New York City. The black-tie extravaganza, that celebrates travel and hospitality marketing excellence, was presented by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI – www.hsmai.org).
During the Adrian Awards, renowned as the “Oscars” of travel and hospitality marketing, 19 platinum awards were handed out for advertising, public relations and Web marketing. From the field of Platinum Winners came the coveted “Best of Show” in each category, including:
Advertising “Best of Show”
Public Relations “Best of Show”
Web Marketing “Best of Show”
The Platinum Awards were judged the best-of-the-best from all the Gold winning entries in their respective categories. The winners were presented via a multi-media video presentation and were welcomed on stage to accept their awards.
ADVERTISING PLATINUM WINNERS
PUBLIC RELATIONS WINNERS
WEB MARKETING WINNERS
The Adrian Awards Gallery displayed the Gold-winning entries; Silver and Bronze recipients were also recognized.
Additional information about the competition can be found at www.adrianawards.com. Case studies on the Best of Show and Platinum Award winners will also be featured in a special section of the spring issue of the HSMAI Marketing Review.
During the evening, the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Awards were
presented, including the Albert E. Koehl Award for advertising, which was
bestowed on Ian Schrager, chairman and CEO of Ian Schrager Company, and
the Winthrop W. Grice Award for public relations excellence, which went
to Laura Davidson, founder and president of LDPR.
Ian Schrager commented on the importance of sales and marketing in the hospitality arena by saying: “It is everything. Without sales and marketing we would see no success for our hotels.”
And, while appreciating the importance and significance of being “in the know” about high-tech solutions and applications, Laura Davidson offered the following advice to attendees: “My message to everyone in this room is a simple one. Once in a while, step away from the computer. My success didn't come through an e-mail folder; it came from real face-to-face, old-fashioned conversations with clients, media and my staff.”
For the second consecutive year, Yahoo! bestowed their Big Idea Chair, exemplifying unique and outstanding work. This year’s Big Idea Chair honor went to Hilton Hotels. DEPARTURES magazine presented the DEPARTURES Magazine Luxury Marketing Achievement Award for the most effective and creative advertising to the affluent market to Preferred Hotel Group. TravelCLICK paid tribute to the best integrated eMarketing program in the hotel industry by awarding Georgetown Inn, an LXR Hotels & Resorts property, as eMarketer of the Year.
For the fifth consecutive year, HSMAI paid tribute to the “Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing” as the best minds in hospitality, travel and tourism sales and marketing for 2007. This “hot list” salutes outstanding individuals who define innovation, vision and achievement, and whose work yields great results.
“The Adrian Awards is a wonderful celebration showcasing A-list work, truly deserving honorees and a global representation of industry attendees,” stated Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI.
The HSMAI Foundation presented student scholarships sponsored by American Express. Recipients included: Matthew Ardakanian, attending the University of Delaware; Alissa Biel at Boston University; Jonathan Kim studying at the Preston Robert Tisch Center of Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management at New York University; and Lynn Slupski who will attend Baltimore International College.
Additionally, the gala featured the HSMAI Foundation scholarship benefit raffle, with exciting travel packages including trips to London, Dubai, California, Mexico, Colorado, and more.
Held at the New York Marriott Marquis, the evening was produced by Paint The Town Red and Go West Events and Multimedia.
The largest travel-related marketing competition of its kind, the Adrian Awards embraces every segment of the industry, including hotels, airlines, cruise lines, car rental companies, destinations, credit card companies and more. The competition attracted over 1,300 entries from around the world.
To view a highlight video of the 2008 Adrian Awards Gala, please click the following: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL_cHuzqNDQ.
Supporters of the Adrian Awards included the following:
• Benefactors: DEPARTURES Magazine, TravelCLICK and Yahoo!
Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International,
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