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Elite Meetings International Announces the
Acquisition of EliteMeetings.com
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The purchase allows company to move
forward on its long term vision

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif., January 16, 2008 — Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced today the company has purchased the www.EliteMeetings.com domain name. Formerly owned by an unrelated company, the domain procurement ensures EMI owns all assets related to the EMI brand and name. 

“The purchase of EliteMeetings.com reflects our strong commitment to the continued development and growth of our brand and services,” says CEO, Kelly Foy.  The company intends to launch version 2.0 of its Web site in the first quarter, in conjunction with the release of the 2008 edition of Elite Meetings magazine. 

“We look forward to unveiling the next version of our Web site to our global audience very soon,” states the company’s CIO, Bradley Pirman. “We are doing everything in our power to ensure EliteMeetings.com is the most useful, accurate, efficient, and powerful tool in the industry,” Pirman continues.

The company states the redesigned site will offer a full complement of new features, including a brand-new look, intuitive search functions, helpful tutorials, and enhanced RFP tools.  Planners will also find the online community forum available on the current version of the site, which fosters peer-to-peer idea exchange and discussion of state-of-the-industry topics. 

The launch of version 2.0 syncs well with the upcoming distribution of Elite Meetings magazine’s next issue.  The 2008 edition more than doubles the size of EMI’s charter publication, showcasing 145 of North America’s best meeting and incentive properties and 85 new properties on the horizon. 

Additionally, EMI confirmed today the next two locations for its 2008 bi-annual Elite Meetings Alliance networking events.  The spring event takes place March 30th – April 1st at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, CA, and the fall event September 7th – 10th at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, NY.  The Elite Meetings Alliance provides an opportunity for direct bookings and face-to-face connections between corporate planners and dozens of luxury properties.  www.EliteMeetingsAlliance.com offers complete information on event registration, available space, attendees, and agenda.

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.com; 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. 

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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: EliteMeetings.net Takes Bronze in the 51st Annual Adrian Awards; Official Award Presentation by HSMAI to be January 28, 2008 at New York City's Marriott Marquis / December 2007
EliteMeetings.net to Launch First-Ever Online Community for the Luxury Meetings Market / November 2007
Elite Meetings International Welcomes Brad Pirman as CIO / October 2007
Group Business, Education and Networking Highlight the Fall 2007 Elite Meetings Alliance; Powerful Combination Delivers Successful Outcome / September 2007
Elite Meetings International Welcomes Susan Campbell to Top Editorial Post / August 2007
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
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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