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...]

Elite Meetings International Announces AttendeeHub Elite Meetings International Announces AttendeeHub

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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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?

Post-Event Survey Reflects Satisfaction in Quality of Attendees and Appointments at Elite Meetings Alliance

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Elite Meetings International’s August 2014 Show at EPIC Miami, A Kimpton Hotel Generates High Scores for Planner Quality and Returns on Investment and Time Santa Barbara, CA – September 15, 2014 – The August 2014 Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA), a three-day event focused on one-on-one appointments, education, and networking, earned high marks in post-event surveys. The last of three EMAs for 2014 drew outstanding scores from attendees for likelihood of booking […]

by Martha Brooks on September 17, 2014

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Plan to Win Big at IMEX America October 14th – 16th at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas

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As thousands of hosted buyers, attendees and exhibitors gather for IMEX America 2014, it’s a safe bet they’ll gain even more business, networking and learning power from the 4th annual installment of the popular meetings industry show, Oct. 14 – 16th at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Education will again kick off before the show floor even opens on Monday October 13th at Smart Monday Powered by MPI. Expanded […]

by Jennifer McNeil on September 10, 2014

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Midsize City, Maximum Appeal—Baltimore

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By Annette Burden ………………………………………………… Baltimore is back. Birthplace of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” Edgar Allan Poe, Billie Holiday, Babe Ruth, and the Ouija Board, the city draws first-class business travelers, families, and tourists of all kinds—in part due to its famously revitalized centerpiece, the Inner Harbor. After more than $11 billion of development completed in the last decade, the district’s gleaming glass buildings and U-shaped boardwalk form a regal proscenium around […]

by Annette Burden on September 8, 2014

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Incentives with Imagination

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I think I speak for most meeting planners when I say that orchestrating an incentive trip is the high point of a planner’s repertoire. It is certainly true for me. Planning incentives not only taps my logistical side, but it gets my creative juices flowing likenothing else. With the economy’s upswing, incentive budgets are growing, allowing for even more inventive options. While incentives do allow for plenty of creativity, it’s […]

by Danielle Childress on September 8, 2014

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First-Class Finds

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Cupcakes to Go Hail the humble cupcake, pint-sized feast for the senses! But how to get those gorgeous gourmet taste treats to far-flung locations? Enter Crumbs, a ten-year-old Greenwich Village bake shop, which ships its 30-plus varieties overnight on dry ice to anywhere in the contiguous United States. One click on the Web site’s images reveals the scrumptiousness of such flavors as cannoli, Girl Scout thin mint, milkshake, and white […]

by Susan Campbell on August 28, 2014

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Intern Insights 6: August 2014 EMA

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I am writing my last intern insights for the August 2014 EMA while flying back home to Santa Barbara, California, and am proud of how much I have learned after experiencing two full Elite Meetings Alliance. Not many 20 years olds can say that they have been to two out-of-state business trips, and one of those two being overseas. After the “White-Hot Miami” themed dinner and after dancing the night […]

by Elite Meetings Intern on August 21, 2014

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Divergent: Association vs. Corporate Planning

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A friend of mine is leaving her corporate meeting planning job and crossing over to the world of association planning. She called me excitedly to discuss her new position, and to gain a better understanding about what differences she could expect between her corporate-meeting background and this new world of association meetings. Although I have never been employed by an association, I have consulted for them, so I was already […]

by Danielle Childress on August 19, 2014

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Intern Insights 5: August 2014 EMA

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Mondays at EMAs are the most exciting days…even though I woke up really early, changed in five minutes, rushed downstairs, and helped the EMA team set up the hospitality for the one-on-one appointments. I’m slowly getting use to waking up early, standing on my feet all day, and sleeping late -but, hey, that’s the events industry! What I love about events, is that every single day is different. There are […]

by Elite Meetings Intern on August 19, 2014

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Intern Insights 4: August 2014 EMA

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Sunday was jam-packed with facts, fun, and food. We had educational sessions presented by Midori Cannolly and Charlaine Caley, from AVGirl Production, who discussed the most frustrating elements a meeting professional faces when tackling technology. Debra Erber, from The Genuine Hospitality Group, talked about food and beverage trends. Lastly, David Kliman, president of The Kliman Group, and Adam Hayes, from Procter & Gamble explored how a meeting sponsor and hospitality […]

by Elite Meetings Intern on August 18, 2014

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Intern Insights 3: August 2014 EMA

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Saturday at the EPIC Miami, a Kimpton Hotel was off to a sunny and smooth start. As I peered over my balcony, I could clearly see and hear that it was a weekend in Miami. People were out in the pool while a DJ was showcasing his upbeat dance mixes. Grabbing a complimentary coffee EPIC serves every morning in their lobby, I was ready for my first official day at […]

by Elite Meetings Intern on August 17, 2014

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Intern Insights 2: August 2014 EMA

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  Mayday, mayday -the sky is falling! I am currently reporting to you from EPIC Miami, a Kimpton Hotel while this massive storm is happening right before my eyes. Some of you, especially those of you from Florida, are use to this tropical thunderstorm. If you did not already know, California has been in a severe drought this year, so you can’t blame me for being terrified to this eye-opening […]

by Elite Meetings Intern on August 15, 2014

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Intern Insights 1: August 2014 EMA

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  Good Morning and welcome to the August 2014 Elite Meetings Alliance at the EPIC Miami, a Kimpton Hotel nested at the edge of Miami’s sparkling marina! My name is Betsy Wang, Elite Meeting’s intern, bringing you the daily EMA event blog, Intern Insights. Leaving my humble abode where I currently study communication and technology management at University of California, Santa Barbara, I was excited to embark on my second […]

by Elite Meetings Intern on August 14, 2014

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Elite Meetings International Launches New State-of-the-Art eRFP Manager for Planners Using SpeedRFP Technology

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New Features Give the 115,000+ Buyer Members Real-Time Status, Recommendations, and At-a-Glance Comparisons on a Single Dashboard Santa Barbara, CA – August 7, 2014 – Elite Meetings International (EMI), the leading provider of group business technology solutions, unveiled SpeedRFP’s new eRFP manager. Designed with easy-to-read graphics and intuitive navigation, the eRFP manager offers a high-level snapshot of hotel proposals, plus features that recommend, offer real-time status, compare proposals, and more. EMI CEO […]

by Martha Brooks on August 5, 2014

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Filling Stations

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Last month I wrote about perfect summer meeting activities (Sizzling Summer Summits). In it, I gave food station ideas to go along with suggested activities. I received several emails asking me about other creative food station ideas, so I thought it fitting to dedicate an article to just that—food! In a “foodie nation,” I constantly find myself working with chefs to create something new. I have learned, however, that some […]

by Danielle Childress on August 5, 2014

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Creative Ways to Boost Attendance

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It’s never much of a challenge to get people excited about an incentive event. But yearly conference meetings are another story. A great deal of effort goes into the meeting portion, to make sure that every set is filled. Even so, coming up with a creative agenda is often easier than coming up with creative ways to generate excitement. Here are a few ideas for creating pre-conference buzz that encourages […]

by Danielle Childress on July 18, 2014

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IMEX America: A Sure Bet in Vegas This Fall

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The word from IMEX America is that they’ve got another blockbuster event in the works for 2014. By all indications, this year’s show will be bigger and more packed with learning opportunities than ever before. Held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, the annual show runs October 14–16,preceded by three days of warm-up events. Bigger than Ever  A press release dated early June—well before the final […]

by Annette Burden on July 18, 2014

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Q2 Facts ‘n’ Stats – Industry Trends, News, and Stats from Elite Meetings

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  Q2 Facts ‘n’ Stats It’s hard to believe that the first half of 2014 is behind us. As time has flown, growth has soared for EliteMeetings.com and SpeedRFP alike. Read on for a quick look at some stats that make us confident that we’ll exceed even our own lofty goals. Exponential growth Room night requests on EliteMeetings.com and the SpeedRFP Network YTD over 2013: SpeedRFP global community On track: […]

by Elite Meetings International on July 8, 2014

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Sizzling Summer Summits

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Summer is here and I personally could not be happier. An office is the last place I want to be on these long, sun-filled days. So, when I am planning summer meetings, corporate picnics, and incentive groups, I always incorporate the outdoors into my events. I think everyone welcomes an outdoor setting, and using it allows a planner to be really creative outside of four walls. Here are some outdoor […]

by Danielle Childress on July 7, 2014

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MPI Names New Leadership for 2014-2015

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Congratulations to the new leadership of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), whose terms became effective July 1, 2014. The new leadership represents a diverse group of individuals, several of whom also serve on Elite Meetings’ own advisory board. We’re especially pleased that our own EMEA regional director, Alda Egurrola-Wienke, will be serve as a council member for that region. Congratulations, one and all. It should be a great year. At the top, […]

by Susan Campbell on July 2, 2014

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Midsize City, Maximum Appeal—Memphis

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By Annette Burden …………………………………………………………….. Meeting planners find an impressive package of conference facilities for up to 10,000 people at the heart of Memphis. Just 12 miles from the airport, the Memphis Cook Convention Center measures 350,000 square feet, including 190,000 square feet for expos overlooking the Mississippi River, 74,000 square feet for meetings, a 28,000-square-foot ballroom, and the 2,100-seat Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. A sky bridge leads to […]

by Annette Burden on June 30, 2014

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