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?

Elite Meetings International Announces Resort Hosts and Dates for 2015 Elite Meetings Alliances

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The Industry’s Premier Direct Buyer-Supplier Events To Convene in January, May and September    Santa Barbara, CA – October 28, 2014 – Elite Meetings International (EMI) today announced the three settings for the 2015 Elite Meetings Alliances (EMAs). All hotels were selected from among EMI’s certified Platinum Collection. The upcoming Elite Meetings Alliance properties, locations and dates are: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall; Montego Bay, Jamaica; January 25 – 27, 2015 Vdara […]

by Martha Brooks on October 29, 2014

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Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest

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Pumpkins are much more than just a latte flavor. They’re also a crucial part of Halloween and carving them is a fun way to participate in the festivities. So, we’ve split the Elite Meetings crew up into 8 groups and had them carve a pumpkin to their choosing. We want you to decided the winner and you can vote by choosing your favorite on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Here’s the […]

by Tyson Crandall on October 28, 2014

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How to loop in your GSO/NSO

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Did you know, you are able to loop in your GSO, Global Sales Office/NSO, National Sales Office for the major hotel chains? Your contact will be sent the RFP the same time the hotel receives it. There are two ways to add a GSO. You can add a GSO during RFP creation in the top right -hand corner. If it’s already sent off to a property, you can add a […]

by Martha Brooks on October 22, 2014

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Team Up and Give Back

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With the holidays—the traditional season of giving—right around the corner, this seems a good time to enhance our corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. Planning team-building events that make an impact can have a tremendously motivating (and grounding) impact on participants, plus such events help the community and bolster corporate images as well. In other words, everyone wins. Here are some ideas to spark your spirit of giving: 1. Artful Collaboration […]

by Danielle Childress on October 16, 2014

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Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Resorts Plan Six-Star Experience

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The Hyatt Ziva and Zilara’s $80 million dollar renovation positions the resort at the center of a significant transformation within the all-inclusive market. According to Kevin Froemming, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, the resort “is going to be the single nicest resort in all of the Caribbean. It represents what we believe is the evolution of all-inclusives. We have taken the best of what we’ve seen and then […]

by Martha Brooks on October 8, 2014

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Autumn-Inspired Activities

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Now that the sun has set on summer, we find ourselves in a new season—and autumn lends itself perfectly to evocative activities. With its crisp air and profound effects on landscapes across the country, fall sets an ideal backdrop for memorable group outings. Here are some seasonal ideas to use for incentive trips, corporate retreats, and for simply for adding color to corporate meetings: Ghost Tour – Spook things up […]

by Danielle Childress on October 3, 2014

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

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Jamaica, the Caribbean’s third largest island, epitomizes the region’s allure with its easy airlift, diverse resort areas, all-inclusive options, and more than 100 rivers tumbling down from green-velvet mountains to a sea edged in dreamy golden sand. Add everything from fine dining fit for royalty to soulful cuisine, free-flowing rum, reggae, and friendly fun-loving people, and you’ve got a destination to thrill any group, anytime. So why now? Beyond the […]

by Annette Burden on October 2, 2014

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Eco-Minded Planning

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  Kermit the Frog lamented, “It’s not that easy being green.” That may be true for Kermit and his particular brand of greenness, but it doesn’t have to be that way for green meetings. Sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are terms that continue to generate thought in the events industry. If you’re still not sure what those terms mean or how they impact the way you plan, here are […]

by Danielle Childress on September 25, 2014

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New eRFP Manager and AttendeeHub Garner Media Attention

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Our just-released SpeedRFP management tool and appointment scheduler, AttendeeHub, are generating some industry buzz. Here’s what Prevue magazine had to say about our newest releases.   Newly Updated eRFP & Event Scheduling Tech Released By Greg Oates Published: September 17, 2014  http://prevuemeetings.com/resources/trends/event-tech/newly-updated-erfp-event-scheduling-tech-released/ Elite Meetings International (EMI) improved its SpeedRFP manager and introduced its cool new AttendeeHub scheduling platform this year. Beginning with the new SpeedRFP, its latest features provide EMI’s 115,000+ members with real-time hotel status, recommendations, […]

by Martha Brooks on September 17, 2014

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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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