Focus on Scotland

When it comes to destinations with powerful appeal, Scotland has it all: rich culture, history, natural beauty, and, for meeting professionals, hospitality standards that virtually guarantee a crowd-pleasing event. These venues, from a site visit in April,… [read more...]

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What’s a Star Planner?

A year ago we launched the program to recognize planners who consistently use EliteMeetings.com to find hotels and submit Request for Proposals (RFPs). Now with the launch of the SpeedRFP Network, which features over 10,000 hotels & resorts, we want… [read more...]

What’s a Star Planner? What’s a Star Planner?

Streamlining the RFP Process

Here’s a bit of trivia for you: Did you know that the volume of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) sent to hotels has increased by 300% over the last three years? Did you know that it takes, on average, 20-30 minutes for a hotel salesperson to reply to a… [read more...]

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Building a Better FaceTime

I still remember walking into the office on June 4. After Janelle, our FaceTime product specialist, and I exchanged delightful stories about our weekends, I turned on my computer and logged into the brand-new version of the FaceTime Appointment Scheduler.… [read more...]

Building a Better FaceTime Building a Better FaceTime

Help a Planner Out – Write a Review

Calling all well-traveled planners... Your peers want to hear from you! Your real-world experiences help other meeting planners make informed decisions about site selection. Plus, it's just good karma. Reviewing hotels is easy on EliteMeetings.com.… [read more...]

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What is SpeedRFP?

If you are interested in generating more complete and qualified group leads from your hotel's website, then you really need to check out this SpeedRFP PowerPoint.… [read more...]

What is SpeedRFP? What is SpeedRFP?

Intern Insights 1: April 2014

  ¡Hola and welcome to the April Elite Meetings Alliance hosted at the sprawling beachside Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa! My name is Ross Monnich, Elite meetings Intern and face behind Intern Insights, the daily EMA event blog. When Margaret peeked her head around the corner of my cubicle in March 2013 and asked if I would be interested in writing the event blog for my […]

by Ross Monnich on April 23, 2014

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Spotlight on Sydney

I had the great pleasure of taking a FAM to Sydney in March. Although I had heard great things about Sydney, visiting in person was a revelation. Sydney offers a great platform for groups, whether for conferences or out-of-this-world incentive trips. The city’s distinctive neighborhoods and exceptional hospitality standards offer a variety of unique experiences. And of course, there’s one more asset Down Under…superb food and wine. Name: Intercontinental Sydney […]

by Danielle Childress on April 21, 2014

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Room-Block Poaching Under Scrutiny: APEX Launches Workgroup to Study the Issue

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The Convention Industry Council (CIC)’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative has turned its focus to the problem of room-block poaching. Within the meetings industry, the term refers to businesses that actively seek to recruit or divert event attendees away from official room blocks and into other hotel bookings. MaryAnne Bobrow of Bobrow Associates, Inc. and Michael Dominguez of MGM Resorts International will chair the workgroup, which will bring together a […]

by Susan Campbell on April 8, 2014

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2014 Digital Magazine Versions are Available Now!

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  The 2014 Elite Meetings magazine platinum edition  is available now on Hudson newsstands in major airports throughout the United States. But what if you can’t get to a terminal? Have no fear, dear meeting planning guru. Ready to access Elite Meetings magazine? View the digital version of Platinum here, and Gold here. Happy reading!

by Martha Brooks on March 26, 2014

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IMEX Frankfurt 2014: The New and Newsworthy

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There’s good news for first-time hosted buyers at this year’s IMEX in Frankfurt, and, according to a recent show press release, there will be many. The show, taking place May 20–22, 2014, at Messe Frankfurt, will now offer a pre-show concierge service—among other new offerings—intended to maximize the experience for first-time hosted buyers. Some 20 first-time hosted buyer groups, representing such diverse organizations as Travel Alberta, Hong Tourism Board, and […]

by Susan Campbell on March 14, 2014

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Tech Trends to Watch for in 2014

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While planning an upcoming meeting, a fellow planner recommended a conference event app for me to use. From this conversation, I began to think about what other trends planners are seeing that will evolve into meetings in 2014. Here are a few tech trends that are working their way into our meetings and events. Conference Event Guide Apps are becoming essential. Today there are nearly 100 conference event guide app […]

by Danielle Childress on March 14, 2014

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Future Talk

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Rohit Talwar may see the future of the meetings industry more clearly than anyone on the planet. As founder and CEO of Fast Future, a U.K.-based research and consultancy firm, the engaging global futurist and popular speaker travels the world scouting trends that help industries and governments prepare now to prosper tomorrow. Talwar’s erudite observations are well known within the hospitality and meetings industries, thanks to his two seminal studies, […]

by Jay MacDonald on March 11, 2014

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Midsize City, Maximum Appeal—Portland

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By Annette Burden  ………………………………………………………. It’s not just Portland natives, hipsters, cyclers, foodies, and fans of the TV show Portlandia who love Portland. Meeting planners and their groups do, too. Backed by majestic Mount Hood, the city holds more than 37,000 acres of public parks, including the nation’s largest urban wilderness at 5,000 acres. More than 70 miles of nature trails, sparkling waterways, and commuter bike paths stitch the fertile landscape […]

by Annette Burden on March 11, 2014

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AIBTM 2014 Expects Rise in Face-to-Face Appointments

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The Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meeting Exhibition, more commonly known as AIBTM, is expecting a spike in prescheduled buyer-supplier appointments, according to their pre-show data and economic research by the Convention Industry Council (CIC). AIBTM will take place this year at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center from June 10–12. In all, show representatives expect some 18,000 appointments to take place between attendees. That 18,000 figure represents a 20% rise […]

by Susan Campbell on March 10, 2014

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Peer Genius — Using Social Media for Events

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  Read  more great articles like this in Elite Meetings-Gold Collection  and EliteMeetings-Platinum Collection            

by Susan Campbell on March 3, 2014

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You Asked, We Listened!

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You know that feeling of anticipation you get before opening a long-awaited gift from a friend? Well, that’s how I am feeling now. The excitement is overwhelming! I’ve been working with the FaceTime Appointment Scheduler for the last 4 years. In this time, I have watched it grow from a fledgling software system into a robust and comprehensive event appointment scheduler for the masses. Along the way, I’ve had the […]

by Janelle Caballero on February 25, 2014

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Touch Points – A Q&A with MPI’s Paul Van Deventer and Michael Dominguez

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Meeting Professionals International (MPI) ushered in a new business-minded approach last spring when it named former Walgreens and American Express executive Paul Van Deventer as its new chief executive officer. MPI Chairman Michael Dominguez, the amiable senior vice president of corporate sales for MGM Resorts International who headed the search committee, recognized in Van Deventer the perfect combination of business acumen and people skills to lead the world’s largest organization […]

by Jay MacDonald on February 25, 2014

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The Sonesta Collection Adopts SpeedRFP to Power the eRFP Process for 51 of its Domestic, International, and Extended Stay Hotels

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Santa Barbara, Calif.: February 20, 2014—Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced today that its cloud-based, request-for-proposal (RFP) system, SpeedRFP, has been selected by the Sonesta Collection to power the electronic RFP process for its brand and for 51 of its top properties for groups. The Sonesta Collection joins some of the world’s most recognized brands and independent hotels currently utilizing SpeedRFP technology to power their websites’ electronic RFP processes for meetings, […]

by Martha Brooks on February 20, 2014

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Meeting Planners and Suppliers Bat 1000 at Bacara Resort & Spa for the January 2014 Elite Meetings Alliance

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Santa Barbara, Calif.: February 6, 2014—Elite Meetings International (EMI) wrapped up its January 2014 Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA) with high scores, high praise, and equally high expectations for resulting business between the meeting planners and suppliers in attendance. The event, held January 26–28, 2014, at Santa Barbara’s Bacara Resort & Spa, combined a full slate of well-received education, two days of one-on-one appointments, and numerous opportunities for networking. Exit surveys […]

by Martha Brooks on February 6, 2014

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Tips and Trends for Planning in 2014

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Now that 2014 is in full swing, it’s time to start percolating ideas for this year’s meetings. With new technologies, cost-efficient mindsets, the demands of knowledgeable foodies, and expectations on deliverables running high, I sometimes marvel at how we actually pull off memorable meetings! So I have created this ‘cheat sheet’ of tips and trends to help with your new year of planning. Art of Negotiation – Have clear goals […]

by Danielle Childress on February 4, 2014

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Elite Meetings International Partners with European Management Assistants (EUMA) to Facilitate Efficient Sourcing and Booking for Meetings and Events

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Santa Barbara, Calif.: January 29, 2014—Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced a partnership with the European Management Assistants (EUMA), a membership organization of management support professionals founded in 1974. The organization supports the career goals of its members through training, conferences with expert speakers, and a quarterly publication, proActive. The organization’s membership consists of groups in 25 countries, including Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the […]

by Martha Brooks on January 29, 2014

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Intern Insights 6: January EMA

By: Ross Monnich It is interesting to reminisce on my very first EMA in San Diego and how much I have changed since that experience.The closest I’d come to business trips back then was the occasional “managers treat” run to the local Chinese joint in Stockton to buy lunch for my fellow lifeguards.  I didn’t have a business suit when the first edition of ‘Intern Insights’ was published and I […]

by Ross Monnich on January 29, 2014

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Intern Insights 5: January EMA

By: Ross Monnich It was an early one this morning. Our call time was at 6AM and I vaguely recall prepping the One-on-One room before devouring a massive breakfast and manning the Hospitality Desk until noon. Monday has typically been the fastest and most intense day of the EMA program but I felt at ease this go-around, comfortable in my obligations. However smoothly these things may run during the event, […]

by Ross Monnich on January 28, 2014

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Intern Insights 4: January EMA

By: Ross Monnich   I had wild ambitions for my Sunday morning. When I was informed that my allotted Sunday call-time would be 11:30, my mind instantly kicked into plan-making mode. I was going to wake up at 6am and plow through a few chapters of my book, knock out some ab exercises, run down the beach to surf, and then sprint back up in time for an early breakfast. […]

by Ross Monnich on January 27, 2014

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Elite Meetings International Partners with U.K.–Based Executive Secretary Magazine

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Santa Barbara, Calif.: January 24, 2014—Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced its partnership with Executive Secretary magazine, a publication devoted to the career development of administrative professionals. Based in Twickenham, United Kingdom, the publication enjoys broad distribution among management assistants throughout Europe and beyond. Along with introducing EMI’s venue-sourcing tools to Executive Secretary magazine’s readers, the partnership agreement offers opportunities for EMI contribute to the magazine and participate in Executive Secretary […]

by Martha Brooks on January 26, 2014

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