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First All-in-One Convention Portal Designed to Be Fun, Easy to Use
LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2005 -- Preparing for a convention can be hectic for organizers and attendees alike. Travel arrangements may be confusing, meal planning can be difficult without reliable information on local restaurants, and it is often hard to plan extra activities without knowing much about the recreation options in an unfamiliar city. Enter (, the FIRST all-in-one convention portal. is a one-of-a-kind site,” stated Dean Packingham, co-founder of ConventionZoo, Inc. “There is no other site where convention attendees and organizers can go to book everything they need for their convention without ever visiting another Web site.”

Packingham and co-founder Rosana Chermisqui created with the goal of providing the most user-friendly convention booking and information portal in the world. They ended up with the only one-stop, international convention hub in existence, thanks to partnerships with a broad range of travel-industry leaders. Visitors to the site can book discount travel, make restaurant reservations, print maps and city guides, arrange city tours and other leisure-time activities, and even buy new business cards and luggage - all without leaving the office.

“One of the most convenient features on the site is the ability to book activities, concerts, sporting events and other special events,” Packingham said. “Want to visit Hoover Dam or see a show while in Las Vegas? Want to take the family to Disney World or Universal Studios while in Orlando? Attendees can do all this and more from”

Convention planners and exhibitors can take advantage of the same features, as well as buy items like wine and gifts for hospitality suites. But the strongest draw for planners may be’s convention Web pages. For FREE, the company will create a mini-site customized for a specific convention, complete with online registration for attendees. Any service or feature can be added or left off; convention planners can even choose to promote a particular hotel or restaurant near their event. will then list the convention in the “HOT Conventions” area of the site ( and promote the event in its twice-monthly newsletter.

“That kind of exposure to people interested in attending specialized conventions may be all an event planner needs to gain attendees,” Chermisqui explained. “It is our goal to increase convention attendance for clients by 40% through careful cross-promotion.”

About ConventionZoo, Inc.

Founded by Internet pioneers Rosana Chermisqui and Dean Packingham, ConventionZoo, Inc. has partnered with travel companies worldwide to offer the lowest rates on convention travel and related services. Prior to creating, Chermisqui founded, one of the largest vacation packagers to Latin America; Packingham was a co-founder of, which has grown to be one of the most popular bargain travel Web sites.


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