(February 1, 2009) -For the first time ever, the Academy of Country
Music and What A Trip! Entertainment have joined forces to offer
one-of-a-kind trip packages to fans in conjunction with the 44th
ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS to be broadcast LIVE from
the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 8:00
PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. In addition, the
packages will include the taping of the ARTIST OF THE DECADE SPECIAL
honoring George Strait at the same location on Monday, April 6th,
2009 to air at a later date on the CBS Television Network.
A Trip! will produce a limited number of four different VIP country
music fan trip packages for the events, which will take place from
Friday, April 3 to Tuesday, April 7, 2009 and range from 3 to 4 nights,
with unique options for each:
* Premier Package - The most exclusive package, this luxury
4-night experience is unlike any country music trip ever offered,
anywhere and includes elements that cannot be purchased or accessed any
other way, such as admission to selected rehearsals.
* Girls' Getaway - A rollicking frolicking 3-night country music
getaway for four gals which includes makeovers, daybed and bottle
service at Wet Republic at MGM Grand and the option to be part of the
on-camera audience in the "pit!"
* Kickass Country Weekender - Geared for guys, it's just what it
sounds like! This package features entry into the hottest clubs and VIP
poolside service, and more.
* Amore Package - This country-infused romantic trip for couples
includes strawberries delivered to the hotel room, luxurious transportation,
"The Awards sells out every year, and this year has been no
exception so far, but we've held a very limited number of high-level
tickets for these packages because fans have shown interest in an
elevated experience," said Tiffany Moon, Senior Director,
Operations & Finance of the Academy of Country Music. "The
What A Trip! packages will pamper guests with elements ranging from a
dedicated concierge to VIP transportation to special gifts and artist
experiences-we are thrilled to be able to offer country music fans this
"What A Trip! Entertainment is honored to present these exclusive
one-of-a kind trip packages for country music fans to attend the ACM
Awards," said Grace Reinbold, CEO of What A Trip!
All packages include VIP tickets to the awards show, the post-awards
All-Star Jam and the George Strait Artist of the Decade Special, along
with hotel accommodations and limited edition Academy of Country Music
merchandise, produced specifically for each package. With the MGM Grand
as the official award show venue, the Girls Getaway package
specifically offers exclusive MGM Grand incentives including a VIP
table at Tabú Ultra Lounge or Studio 54 and much more! More
detailed information is available at www.acmtrips.com.
This will be the first year What A Trip! has partnered with the ACADEMY
OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS for trip packages, and the first time both
organizations have offered fans a VIP country music experience.
About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 44th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and
showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music
industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark
productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena
in Las Vegas Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the
CBS Television Network. Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive
producers, Barry Adelman is producer and Bob Bardo is executive in
charge of production.
About What A Trip! Entertainment
Since it opened its doors in 1998, What A Trip! co-founders Grace
Reinbold and Darlene Williams have guided the company to unprecedented
success. The result is WAT's recognition as the leading purveyor of
unique trips and travel planning for record companies, radio and
For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC and the ACADEMY
OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, please visit www.acmcountry.com. For more
information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC CHARITABLE FUND,
please visit www.acmcf.org.
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Academy Of Country Music
818-788-8000 Ext. 213
What A Trip! Entertainment:
Grace Reinbold, CEO
(615) 269-0039 Tel