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HSMAI's 52nd Adrian Awards Honors Top Companies and Individuals
in Hospitality Advertising, Public Relastions and Web Marketing
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MCLEAN, VA (Jan. 27, 2009) – The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) presented the winners in its 52nd annual Adrian Awards at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on Monday night.  The Adrian Awards honor the top companies and individuals in hospitality, travel and tourism advertising, public relations and web marketing.
 
The evening, emceed by Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Bruce Himelstein, Vice President and CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Kim Schaller and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Fairmont Raffles Jeff Senior, also featured specialty awards from DEPARTURES Magazine, Google, Tourism Cares and TravelCLICK.
 
“HSMAI congratulates our 2008 winners, who represent a group of hard-working and talented leaders,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI. “The Adrian Awards is a time to celebrate our achievements as an industry.”
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Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels Jonathan Tisch receives lifetime achievement award at the 2008 Adrian Awards at the Marriott Marquis January 26, 2009 in New York City. (Matt Peyton/Getty Images) 
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The 2008 Adrian Awards received nearly 1,300 entries from around the globe. The prestigious Platinum winners were judged to be the most extraordinary from a field of 100 Gold winners. And out of those awarded Platinum, the highest distinction of Best of Show for the divisions of advertising, public relations and web marketing went to:
 
Advertising “Best of Show”
Emirates and its agency ISM earned the “Best of Show” for an integrated campaign that was literally and figuratively NONSTOP, from powerful messaging to broad execution.
 
Public Relations “Best of Show”
For the first time in Adrian Awards history, the “Best of Show” for public relations went to two recipients, Singapore Airlines and its agency Weber Shandwick and Holiday Inn Express and its agencies Digitas and Weber Shandwick. Singapore Airlines not only raised awareness of its product within its target audiences, but crossed over from just being the day’s news into the realm of popular culture. Holiday Inn Express garnered excellent publicity for their “telling America how to Stay Smart” campaign.
 
Web Marketing “Best of Show”
Holiday Inn Express and its agency Digitas created a website to engage an audience and drive public relations and social media buzz. Riding on a timely and relevant theme, the message carried loud and clear and earned the “Best of Show.”

Advertising Platinum Winners

Company
Agency
Norwegian Cruise Line  GSD&M Idea City
Louisiana Office of Culture, Recreation and Tourism  Peter A. Mayer Advertising
Holiday Inn Express Fallon Worldwide
Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts Dave
Nevada Commission on Tourism The Glenn Group
Emirates ISM
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Public Relations Platinum Winners
Company
Agency
Amtrak  Images USA
Holiday Inn Express  Digitas and Weber Shandwick
Tourism New Zealand Spring O’Brien & Co.
Cunard Line  Redpoint Marketing PR Inc.
Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp  - 
Marriott and Renaissance Hotels of New Orleans Quinn & Co.
Singapore Airlines Weber Shandwick
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Web Marketing Platinum Winners
Company
Agency
Desires Hotels  - 
Marriott International  Electric Studio
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC  Team One
Holiday Inn Express  Digitas
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Case studies on the Best of Show and Platinum Award winners will also be featured in a special section of the HSMAI Marketing Review, and in the Adrian Awards Winners Gallery at www.adrianawards.com.
 
HSMAI presented two individuals with the Lifetime Achievement this year. The awards are presented in recognition of significant contributions and lasting impressions on the hospitality and travel industry. Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels, Office of the President, Loews Corporation, Co-Chairman of the Board, Loews Corporation received the Albert E. Koehl Award for advertising and Florence Quinn, President and Founder of Quinn & Co. Public Relations received the Winthrop W. Grice Award for public relations.
 
A new addition to the Adrian Awards line-up was Google’s Wisdom of the Crowd Award, which was awarded to South Carolina for its "Time to Thaw" integrated marketing campaign.
 
Also new this year was the Tourism Cares Sustainability Award, presented to The Saunders Hotel Group for displaying ongoing investment and recognizable progress in sustainability initiatives.
 
The DEPARTURES Magazine Luxury Marketing Achievement Award was presented to Leading Hotels of the World for its “QUEST Print Ad Series” created by Taglairino Advertising Group.
 
TravelCLICK paid tribute to the best integrated eMarketing program in the hotel industry with the eMarketer of the Year award, presented to the Strathcona hotel, a 194-room property located in the heart of downtown Toronto with 24 percent of its bookings coming direct through its Web Site.
 
Founded in 1957, the Adrian Awards embraces every segment of the industry, including hotels, airlines, cruise lines, car rental companies, destinations, credit card companies and more. Winners are selected from a field of 1,300 entries by senior industry and media experts.
 
About HSMAI
HSMAI is the hospitality industry source for knowledge, community, and recognition for leaders committed to professional development, sales growth, revenue optimization, marketing, and branding. With a strong focus on education, HSMAI has become the industry champion in identifying and communicating trends in the hospitality industry, and bringing together customers and members at annual events, including HSMAI's Affordable Meetings®. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. For more information on HSMAI, contact the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, Va. 22102; (703) 506-3280; fax (703) 506-3266, or visit the website at www.hsmai.org. 
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Contact:
 
Rachel Rosenberg
404-832-7711
rachel.rosenberg@edelman.com
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Also See: HSMAI's Adrian Awards, Known as the “Oscars” of Travel and Hospitality Marketing, Presented at Gala In New York City / February 2008
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