Le Meridien Chicago Tops Travel Industry Expert Stephanie Abrams' List of Best Hotels to Stay at for Shopping
Especially When There's No Time to Shop!

Closter, New Jersey( January 31, 2002): Hotels, like Le Meridien Chicago, do more than provide great accommodations and impeccable service, according to Stephanie Abrams, travel industry veteran. "They also make it easy for the traveler to take care of essential shopping in the most convenient and energy saving way by having the shopping at the door of the hotel!" To make it easy to shop at the end of a business day in unfamiliar territory, Abrams announced today the top 10 hotels for shopping convenience.

"By the time a Road Warrior's day is done, it's usually too late and too inconvenient to think about shopping in a strange city for that loved one at home who, upon that over-stressed business traveler's return, will be asking questions like, 'Did you remember it's my birthday? our anniversary?' or a simple, 'What did you bring me?' " Abrams notes. "And there is nothing worse than the pressure of trying to find a thoughtful and fitting gift in an airport gift shop."

With Valentine's Day approaching, Abrams was asked by Don Gould, President of the CMA Consortium of more than 2000 travel agents, to identify hotels that meet the unique shopping needs of travelers, who, at the end of the business day, need to do some shopping in the most convenient and least stressful way.

"Every hotel on the list is in an excellent part of its city for business travelers to stay but these hotels are unique in the shopping they bring to the doorstep," Abrams notes. "Le Meridien Chicago sits atop the Shops at North Bridge. You step from the hotel into Nordstrom's with four floors of additional shops to meet your every need and quest," Abrams explains.

Other hotels named include The Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia; TheWynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama; Le Meridien President in Bangkok; The Ritz Carlton in Atlanta; and the Le Meridien Picadilly in London. For a complete listing, visit Abrams' website at www.sabrams.com. To book any of the hotels, Abrams suggest visiting www.travelauthority.com or www.travelnetwork.com to find local travel agent.

Stephanie Abrams, with over twenty years in the travel industry, is recognized as an expert having been repeatedly named to "Travel Agent Magazine's" list of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Travel." Abrams has been honored for her work in the travel industry, receiving the prestigious Travel Achievement Awards given by Travel Weekly Magazine for Best Public Relations Campaign, Best Marketing Promotion and Best Radio Advertising. She has served on the Advisory Boards of Dollar Rent a Car, Amadeus Global Distribution System International and Domestic Advisory Boards, Hong Kong Tourism Authority, The American Society of Travel Agents Council of Travel Marketing Organizations, and the International Affairs Committee of the International Franchise Association.

Stephanie B. Abrams