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Experient and StarCite Launch eRFP Strategic Partnership

PHILADELPHIA, PA and TWINSBURGH, OH – April 15, 2010 StarCite, Inc., the leading provider of Web-based solutions to strategically manage corporate meetings and events, and Experient, the industry leader for integrated meeting and event solutions, today announced the official implementation of StarCite as the electronic RFP (eRFP) sourcing platform for Experient.

Experient is one of the largest meeting planning, registration, housing and lead retrieval companies in the world.  Experient employees and independent contractors will now drive eRFPS to hotels through the StarCite Global Online Marketplace engine, which combined with Experient’s wealth of hands-on venue experience, superior industry knowledge and proprietary database of rate history, creates a uniquely comprehensive tool that will make Experient’s associates more efficient and able to deliver even better client sourcing responsiveness. 

“By selecting StarCite as our eRFP sourcing engine, we’re creating a tremendous value for our internal associates and external clients.  Combining the most comprehensive and content rich meetings industry database with Experient’s exclusive proprietary database of rate and concession history is very powerful.  This one-two punch will enable our associates to provide faster solutions, increase time savings and enhance our ability to deliver outstanding value to clients,” said Gary Schirmacher, senior vice president strategic account services, Experient. 

Schirmacher added, “Like Experient, StarCite is also focused on the quality and integrity of the eRFPs it sends to suppliers.  Our shared view in terms of providing quality business opportunities has received a warm welcome from the supplier community.  Our cultural similarities with regard to providing focused business opportunities and outstanding customer service to our joint supplier clients are key components in this evolution of our long-standing partnership.”  

“We’re glad to partner with a like-minded organization that keeps the best long-term interests of its customers and suppliers at the forefront. Experient brings unmatched quality control to the sourcing process used by its associates, beginning with the strong relationships it cultivates with hotels,” said Kevin Young, senior vice president of marketing and partner relations, StarCite.  “We’re thrilled to further their ability to source quality meetings and deliver outstanding results for their customers.” 

About StarCite, Inc.
StarCite, Inc. provides a technology platform that makes meetings and event planning, booking and management simpler, easier, and more cost-effective for corporations, hotels, venues and meetings suppliers worldwide.  StarCite delivers visibility, cost savings and control over meetings spending for businesses and enhanced revenue opportunities for suppliers.  Through Web-based, on-demand technology, StarCite automates and supports every key element of the meetings planning and procurement process: planning, budgeting, buying, attendance, payment, and results measurement.  Using StarCite’s proprietary online marketplace, meetings buyers can connect and conduct business with over 93,000 hotels, venues, destinations and suppliers globally.  StarCite is based in Philadelphia, PA.  Its equity holders include Internet Capital Group (NASDAQ: ICGE), TPG Growth, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), and TL Ventures. For more information about StarCite please visit www.starcite.com.

About Experient
Experient is the source for integrated meeting and event solutions including full-service, customized registration, housing, event management and lead retrieval services. With a vision to perfect the event experience and a mission to help bring people together to drive business, this year Experient will create memorable event experiences at more than 3,300 events attended by more than 2.8 million people  occupying more than 5.5 million room nights. Visit us at www.experient-inc.com. Media kit and available staff portraits may be found at www.experient-inc.com/press.

Contact:

StarCite Media Contact
Kristine Nalbone
Sloane & Company
212-446-1897 
knalbone@sloanepr.com
 
Experient Media Contact:
Marian Calvin
Experient
330-486-0330
marian.calvin@experient-inc.com




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StarCite Partners With EveryScape To Provide Rich Visual Experience For StarCite Online Marketplace Properties; WebScapes Empower Meeting Planners with Additional Information and Offer Suppliers Added Opportunities to Showcase Location / March 2010
StarCite Partners With VFM Leonardo to Enhance Online Meetings Marketplace With Rich Hotel Visual Content; VFM Leonardo to be Exclusive Provider of Rich Content Showcasing Hotel Properties to Corporate Buyers Within StarCite’s Online Marketplace / August 2009
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