CEO Update: The Latest on our Acquisition by Cvent

Our recent acquisition by Cvent represents a very exciting time for Elite Meetings International (EMI). While we’ve created a strong brand with great products, we have only scratched the surface of all that is possible. At EMI, we have grand goals—and… [read more...]

CEO Update: The Latest on our Acquisition by Cvent CEO Update: The Latest on our Acquisition by Cvent

Elite Meetings International Announces AttendeeHub

Elite Meetings International Announces AttendeeHub™ Purpose-Built Event Scheduler Offers Customizable, Mobile-Friendly Solution for Meeting and Event Managers with Programs of 10 to 10,000+ Participants. Santa Barbara, CA – June 3, 2014 – Elite… [read more...]

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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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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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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...]

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Hotels in the Catbird Seat, Fresh New Spaces, and Shorter Showers in the Pipeline

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  News You Can Use for Meetings & Events… Hotels Gain the Upper Hand With few new-built lodgings under development, experts think rising demand will boost domestic hotel occupancy rates to 30-year highs by 2016, according to REIT Magazine. And, as we all know, any squeeze in supply drives prices higher. Ryan Meliker, a senior REIT analyst for MLV & Co., told the magazine the average price per room in […]

by Annette Burden on March 25, 2015

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First Class Finds – Wine App—titude

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    Wine App—titude Fine wines can be a real puzzler for meeting planners unprepared to parse the many nuances of ordering, pairing, purchasing, and savoring the various fruits of the vine. Vivino, a robust little wine app, can help. Simply snap a photo of any wine label and voilà!—Vivino taps the rating, average price, domestic and international popularity, and pertinent musings from 5.8 million wine enthusiasts. The app also […]

by Jay MacDonald on March 24, 2015

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Meet Healthier In Paris

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  ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. For years, Paris was the place to be if, among other things, you wished to indulge in fine wine, food, and Gitanes. While fine dining continues unabated, fortunately, le smoking is on the wane. In fact, in the last few years, smoking in public spaces has been all but outlawed and le fitness is busting out all over, particularly at the city’s luxury and high-end hotels. No longer […]

by Kate Doyle Hooper on March 23, 2015

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Hospitality on Horizon—Europe

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Luxury hotels opening in Europe this year exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then some.    —By Annette Burden …………………………………………………………………………………………. Properties Opening in 2015—Europe  (entries with * to be announced) France Paris Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel OPENING Second quarter ROOMS 147 MEETING SPACE 4,000+ square feet THE BUZZ Dallas-based Rosewood Hotels’ two-year restoration of one of the world’s most majestic hotels, built in 1758 at the request of King Louis XV. THE […]

by Annette Burden on March 23, 2015

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Hospitality on Horizon—Asia

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Luxury hotels opening in Asia this year exemplify exactly what today’s top-tier meeting attendees expect—and then some.    —By Annette Burden ……………………………………………………………………………. Properties Opening in 2015—Asia  (entries with * to be announced) China Chengdu Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain OPENING May ROOMS 113 MEETING SPACE * THE BUZZ  Six Senses pampering brought to the picturesque homeland of Giant Pandas and the impressive Dujiangyan irrigation system built in 256 BC, 30 minutes outside Chengdu […]

by Annette Burden on March 19, 2015

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7 Tips for Planning Events in Asia

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    Asia is the world’s largest, most populous, up-and-coming continent. With some 51 countries—whose MICE industry maturity levels vary greatly—it can be misleading to use a broad brush when characterizing various geographies. While there can be similarities in cultures, mindsets, and customs, tremendous differences exist in business practices from country to country. The differences, however, make Asia an exciting prospect for groups. Planners who effectively incorporate local elements into […]

by Guest Writer on March 16, 2015

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Peer Genius: Advice for new meeting planners

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      “Build solid relationships with your partners. As planners, we dream up how everything will look, sound, and taste, and then work with our partners to create that reality. Inevitably, something will happen to challenge that vision—a thunderstorm will arrive just before your Welcome Reception by the pool, or you’ll be asked to bring in special equipment for a keynote speaker the day before they present. It will happen. Our job […]

by Susan Campbell on March 13, 2015

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First Class Finds – Cheers!

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    Cheers! Need a gift that will get conference goers excited about that upcoming event in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, or other major U.S. city? Boston-based theUncommonGreen etches street maps of select neighborhoods from Portland to Manhattan onto glassware—rocks glasses, pints, even wine carafes. With beautifully mapped barware, they’ll be toasting your event—and its location—for years to come. Rocks glass from $12.50, pint from $15, carafe from $50.  […]

by Susan Campbell on March 13, 2015

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Travel Hub: Layover Lures

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    Frequent flyers linger longer in airports these days, whether due to security, scheduling, or the overall quickening of our daily lives. While some airports seem resigned to remain merely sleepless purgatories between point A and point B, others strive to make our layovers heavenly by introducing some whimsy, wonder, and wow into the ground portion of our air travels. At first glance, Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN) more closely […]

by Jay MacDonald on March 13, 2015

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The Week in Reviews

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See what fellow meeting planners said about their experiences at the Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, EPIC – Miami a Kimpton Hotel, and Rancho Valencia. We’re highlighting three here, but you’ll find many more on EliteMeetings.com. Enjoy! Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood Average rating 4.7  “I executed an internal staff meeting in January 2015 at the Diplomat that included meeting and sleeping room space.The staff was on top of every detail. We […]

by Deanna Graves on March 9, 2015

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New-Found Apps Every Planner Can Love

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I recently started with a new company, and as excited as I am to be at a new place, I am even more excited to learn cool new things. Of course it’s great to learn shortcuts and better planning practices, but here’s what really excites me: apps that simplify my life. I have been introduced to some new apps that I just have to share. Here are some apps for […]

by Danielle Childress on March 9, 2015

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First Class Finds – Seas the Day

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    From gifts that leave a lasting impression to activities that make real connections, these premium picks promise a strategic advantage for meeting professionals. Seas the Day Today’s attendees want authentic cultural experiences; stakeholders want to build strong teams. Why not both? The Hawaiian Outrigger Experience in Wailea, Maui, teaches participants about the tremendous, pre-GPS journeys of the islands’ Polynesian ancestors. Groups of six will survey the mountainous views […]

by Susan Campbell on March 6, 2015

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Peer Genius: Best advice for new meeting planners

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    Want to hear what experienced planners think their new counterparts ought to know? Take a look. Have some thoughts of your own? We’d love to hear—and share!   “Concentrate on the basics and work backward from there.  If your budget is limited, try to guide your “powers that be” to devote more of it to food and beverage and quality production equipment.  It is not nearly as important […]

by Susan Campbell on March 5, 2015

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Picture Perfect – Tips on Working with an Event Photographer

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  An investment in great photos just keeps on giving. Photography that successfully tells the story—and captures the emotions of an event—pays dividends for years on end, in everything from printed collateral to social media to future promotions and presentations. The best photographers anticipate when the big moments and best reactions will take place, and position themselves accordingly. But good images come from more than just a photographer’s artistic eye, […]

by Susan Campbell on February 27, 2015

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What’s New in the Dominican Republic?

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3 Reasons to Plan a Trip in 2015 The Dominican Republic ranked as the Caribbean’s most-visited country last year—which is only the latest proof to a skyrocketing trend in popularity. There’s no mystery to the attraction. The island nation boasts 1,000 miles of idyllic beaches; pristine rain forest; the highest mountains in the Caribbean; the New World’s oldest colonial city; eight international airports; and resort areas with designer golf courses […]

by Annette Burden on February 24, 2015

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5 Considerations for Meetings in 2015

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As I’m planning for 2015, sending out RFPs, and scheduling site visits, it got me thinking about 2014, the trends that faded quickly, as well as the ones that stayed with us. A few of those lingering 2014 trends—and some new ones on the horizon—are already impacting my 2015 planning.  Here are five things you’ll want to consider for the upcoming year: Demand is trending upward – As the economy […]

by Danielle Childress on February 19, 2015

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What’s New in the Bahamas? 3 Reasons to Plan a Trip Right Now

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About 3,200 sun-kissed islands and cays scatter over 500 miles of Atlantic Ocean in the Bahamas, where tourism, the nation’s No. 1 industry, centers mostly on the islands of New Providence, Paradise, and Grand Bahama. Meeting planners drawn to more than 50 resorts suitable for groups of every size and purpose, the tropical sunshine and beaches, and the proximity of a foreign but English-speaking destination also appreciate the nation’s tax […]

by Annette Burden on February 16, 2015

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The Week in Reviews

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See what fellow meeting planners said about their experiences at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, The Broadmoor,  and ARIA Resort and Casino. We’re highlighting three here, but you’ll find many more on EliteMeetings.com. Enjoy! ARIA Resort & Casino Average rating 4.5  “The rooms are the best, so nicely furnished and floor to ceiling windows make for a beautiful view. I don’t like staying anywhere else now when I come to Las […]

by Deanna Graves on February 16, 2015

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A Top 10 List for Better Hotel Contracts

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Has this ever happened to you? Your client’s event is cancelled by the supplier just a few months before the event. Suddenly they (and you, as the planner) must scramble to find a new venue. If that original contract had not had some built-in protections, the circumstances might have been much worse. Now, the following information is not intended as legal advice. You should check with your own legal team […]

by Danielle Childress on February 11, 2015

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EMA Insights & Takeaways 5: January 2015 EMA

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  We started out the day with an early breakfast from 7:30 am to 9:00 am and headed into the morning Education Session: Health is Haute in Meetings lead by speaker Tracy Latkovic. Her topic combines her two great passions: Health and Hospitality. Each planner commented on how important the topic was and Tracy’s grace and accuracy in addressing it. After the Education Session wrapped up, Planners and Hoteliers entered […]

by Deanna Graves on January 27, 2015

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