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...]

What is SpeedRFP? What is SpeedRFP?

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, ARIA Resort and Casino, and Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood. 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 […]

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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EMA Insights & Takeaways 4: January 2015 EMA

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Attendees launch into the Sunday activities with fresh faces and a well deserved good night’s sleep! We gathered for breakfast at 8:00 am and headed into today’s Education Sessions. The Education Sessions began with speaker Debra Zabloudil’s session titled “Jagger, Madonna, Beyonce and Bieber: Setting the Stage for All Generations to Shine.” This Education Session provided insight on how to better understand our demographic in the workplace and the marketplace. I […]

by Deanna Graves on January 25, 2015

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EMA Insights & Takeaways 3: January 2015 EMA

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And we’re off… like a bobsled on ice! We’ve spent the day checking in the guests and discussing the exciting activities to come. With Zen Spa to our left and Island Routes to our right, the hospitality desk crew bear witness to attendees taking full advantage of booking relaxing spa packages as well as some adventure tours. Some of the adventure packages include Jamaican bobsleds, zip lines through the mountains, […]

by Deanna Graves on January 24, 2015

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EMA Insights & Takeaways 2: January 2015 EMA

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There’s no better way to start the day here at the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall than to sit down at the water’s edge with a hot cup of coffee from GrindZ – Hyatt Ziva’s coffeehouse featuring Jamaica brews and delicious pastries. With the sound of the ocean waves crashing the sandy shore, and the sun already beginning to warm your bones, many guests find themselves with the urge to wake […]

by Deanna Graves on January 24, 2015

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Join us at CBI’s Pharma Forum in National Harbor, MD

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This year’s Pharma Forum is sure to impress. The go-to event for health care industry meeting professionals is jam packed this year with speakers, educational sessions, and one-on-one networking appointments. To help facilitate the networking appointments, AttendeeHub™ is a proud sponsor of the Pharma Forum this year. Our goal with the AttendeeHub s to bring even greater value to an already successful event. By providing attendees with an intuitive, easy-to-use pre-event appointment […]

by Martha Brooks on January 23, 2015

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EMA Insights & Takeaways 1: January 2015 EMA

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Welcome Home. Big wide smiles, calm relaxed eyes, and a whole-hearted love for life is what you can expect to behold here at this year’s January Elite Meetings Alliance in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  From the second I stepped foot onto Jamaican land, I’ve observed what I can only describe as an afterglow. That brisk feeling of euphoria after you experience something truly heavenly -The feeling you get causing the bottom half […]

by Deanna Graves on January 23, 2015

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CEO Update: The Latest on our Acquisition by Cvent

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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 all of them center on connecting buyers and suppliers. While we have indeed made significant headway since we launched the company in 2006, we felt it was time to […]

by Kelly Foy on January 21, 2015

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Spotlight on Hawaii

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It must be in the Hawaiian DNA, that welcoming sense of hospitality that hospitality providers everywhere would like to emulate. And when it comes to natural beauty, Hawaii’s brimming with it. It’s the kind of ancient, raw beauty that makes one see the world anew. Perhaps that’s why an event held anywhere in Hawaii feels both rewarding and renewing—and why attendance at Hawaiian-based events runs predictably high. For all the […]

by Susan Campbell on January 20, 2015

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10 Tech Tools to Boost Your Productivity

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As meeting planners, we have to be extremely organized and efficient—but, of course, you already knew that! When you add business travel to the mix, the task becomes even more difficult. While onsite recently with a client prior to the event kickoff, the two of us shared a healthy discussion about how to improve our productivity, both personally and professionally. Naturally, the conversation turned to tech tools that have helped […]

by Danielle Childress on January 19, 2015

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Going Social: 5 Things You Should Be Doing

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We’re in a highly social, face-to-face season. That got me thinking a lot about other ways of being social—social media, for instance. Its influence is epic. With social media driving marketing, branding, and meetings and events, what is the best way to start a social media strategy? Glad you asked! I just happen to have some tips for you. Conversation Calendar: As a planner, you need to decide what you […]

by Danielle Childress on January 8, 2015

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The Week in Reviews

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See what fellow meeting planners said about their experiences at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Gateway Canyons Resort, and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. We’re highlighting three here, but you’ll find many more on EliteMeetings.com. Enjoy! Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Average rating 5.0  “My facilitator said the group’s experience was fantastic, and he would book more meetings there in a heartbeat.” (more) Gateway Canyons Resort Average rating 5.0 “I planned […]

by Deanna Graves on December 19, 2014

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Year-End Trend Review

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After my traditional Thanksgiving, I did it all over again at a Friday “Friendsgiving.” As you know, our partners in the industry become our friends: hoteliers, DMCs, and vendors. And now, as I looked around my Friendsgiving table, I realized everyone there was an industry professional—someone who had crossed the bridge from colleague to friend. Inevitably, the conversation turned to industry talk and to a discussion of the biggest trends […]

by Danielle Childress on December 15, 2014

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The Week in Reviews

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See what fellow meeting planners said about their experiences with The Grand Del Mar, Turning Stone Resort and Casino, The Wort Hotel, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, Palms Casino Resort and Palms Place Hotel and Spa. We’re highlighting six here, but you’ll find many more on EliteMeetings.com. Enjoy! The Grand Del Mar Average rating 4.9  “I loved this hotel! The rooms are spacious, […]

by Deanna Graves on December 5, 2014

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12 Tips For Better Meetings: Hospitality Experts From the Marriott Convention & Resort Network Weigh In

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Just like meeting planners, hoteliers have a lot riding on satisfying attending groups. Hosting meetings is a specialty among hotels in the Marriott Convention & Resort Network, a selection of 60 hotels and resorts with from the JW Marriott, Autograph Collection, Renaissance, Marriott, and Gaylord brands. These tips from hoteliers at 12 of the network properties around the country suggest ways to engage, enlighten, and energize attendees—and planners!—for better meeting […]

by Susan Campbell on November 25, 2014

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