ATME Announces 2008 Atlas Awards

The Association of Travel Marketing Executives (ATME) recognized some of the travel industry’s top achievers and most innovative companies in travel marketing during its recent 28th Annual ATLAS Awards banquet, sponsored by Discover Network.

New to the 2008 Awards is the Top Marketer Category, which recognizes people behind successful marketing initiatives and strategies. This year’s recipients are Kirk Thompson of Hilton Hotels and Joanne Smith of Delta Airlines

Recipients of other ATME Atlas Award categories include: Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group for green innovation, Norwegian Cruise Line for best cruise line branding, Dubai for best branding of an international destination and the award for best overall branding went to Travelocity.

The ATME is a professional association of senior-level executives with responsibilities in the marketing of travel and tourism worldwide. ATME’s members represent airlines, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, car rental companies, advertising and public relations firms, travel marketing professionals, research groups and tourist offices of domestic and foreign destinations. Visit