News for Meeting Professionals

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March 2010

Dear Meeting Professional,

In the past weeks, Los Angeles has been the sparkling center of attention, as entertainment industry fans gobbled up media coverage of the 2010 Academy Awards®. Here in the office, there’s been heated debate over the best- (and worst-) dressed celebrities.

Living in LA, I’ve been to my share of red-carpet events. While I’ve never yet made it to the pinnacle of the entertainment industry events, the Oscars®, I have walked the red carpet with celebs at the Grammy Awards and the Emmy Awards celebrations. Even more exciting, I’ve been to some amazing red carpet events created by meeting professionals such as yourselves, celebrating the best of your own industries.

When it comes to events, some of my favorites don’t involve a carpet at all. Beach barbecues, garden-style receptions, dinner cruise excursions, or even strolling the backlot at Universal Studios Hollywood are all ways I’ve seen meeting professionals create stellar events using Los Angeles’ dynamic offerings.

No matter how you envision your next Los Angeles event, we are rolling out a great new promotion for meeting professionals who book LA by June 30. The Los Angeles “Red Carpet Meetings” sweepstakes gives planners a whole slew of value-added incentives, while also being automatically entered to win a Red Carpet Los Angeles vacation, including 2 passes to Universal Studios Hollywood’s “VIP Experience” Guided Studio Tour.

If you do hold your premier event in Los Angeles, don’t worry. I promise we won’t gossip about your worst-dressed attendees.

Sincerely,

Michael Krouse
Michael Krouse, C.H.M.E., C.M.P.
Senior Vice President, Sales
mkrouse@lainc.us

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