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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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?

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 Summit’s

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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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Mobile Tools for Event Pros

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Planning Tools Evernote: With the ability to record voice memos, attach files (such as contracts), add tags, and color-code multiple notebooks, Evernote is notebook-keeping to the max. You can easily create an event bible using Evernote, and the beauty is that because the notes are synchronized across the cloud, you can access your content from any device—even a Web browser on your assistant’s laptop.  Evernote.com EventDawn: For the ability to […]

by Guest Writer on June 30, 2014

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The GBTA Show: Seeing Stars in the City of Angels

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Many of the Elite Meetings International (EMI) staff will be making the short drive south to Los Angeles for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) convention, taking place July 26-30, 2014. We’ll be one of the 400 exhibiting companies in attendance. I know what you’re thinking…that’s enough to make anyone want to register, right? But as an added incentive, the clever show organizers have something else up their sleeves. They’re pulling […]

by Susan Campbell on June 30, 2014

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How to compare all of your proposals side by side:

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Did you know, you are able to compare all of your proposals side by side? Once you receive at least 2 proposals, you will see the Compare Proposal link under the name of your event. The excel spreadsheet lists all of the properties your RFP was  sent to with the information they included in their proposals.   

by Martha Brooks on June 25, 2014

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Events for the Senses

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SIGHT Sensory experiences are only as vivid as the memories they leave behind. Photo booths offer guests visual mementos of their fun. We often recommend syncing a photo booth with social media Web sites so that guests can instantly upload their photos and videos to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For a new twist on the photo booth, slow-motion video offers a visual treat. Guests can star in their own short […]

by Guest Writer on June 11, 2014

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Incentive Planning

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Incentive trips are once again on the rise, and one of my personal favorite things to plan. As a recent “plus-one” on an incentive travel trip to Mexico, I was able to witness, firsthand, some of the pitfalls and challenges of such programs. The following are some key themes I observed, and think might help in planning incentive travel programs.You still need meeting management. There is a major trend toward […]

by Danielle Childress on June 11, 2014

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Social Media—It’s All the Buzz!

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I am always excited when I hear that someone has chosen meeting planning as their career path. I give lectures to a college hospitality program from time-to-time and keep in touch with some of the students. One student is in her first year—of her first “real” job—as a meeting planner. She reached out to me to talk about social media and planning (never mind the irony of a young twenty-something […]

by Danielle Childress on June 6, 2014

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Elite Meetings International Announces AttendeeHub

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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 Meetings International (EMI), the leading provider of group business technology solutions, announced the launch of AttendeeHub, an online and mobile-friendly platform for scheduling appointments, managing agendas, and promoting engagement at meetings, events, and conferences of nearly every size. […]

by Martha Brooks on May 30, 2014

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Fam Etiquette

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  When people comment that “meeting planning is a cake job,” I often laugh and think to myself, “you have absolutely no clue what my job fully entails!” I must confess that there are some serious perks (and much deserved, as far as I’m concerned) to being a meeting planner. One of those perks is the opportunity to attend familiarization trips (fam trips). A fam allows the meeting planner to […]

by Danielle Childress on May 22, 2014

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How to send your RFP to additional hotels without re-creating the RFP

Did you know you can send your RFP to additional hotels without re-creating the RFP? It’s easy, just go to your SpeedRFP dashboard on SpeedRFP.com. Click on My RFP’s and you will see your RFP and to the right a blue button that says Send to More Hotels. Click on the button and you will be taken to the search field, input the destination or hotel and then click Request […]

by Deanna Graves on May 15, 2014

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10 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Fam Trip

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10 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Fam Trip By Danielle Childress A familiarization trip, more commonly known as a fam trip, is an informational visit that allows planners to personally experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of a destination. Since these trips are often larger-than-life experiences to long-dreamt-of destinations, it’s easy to get lost in the excitement of vetting a new destination. Before you accept any invitation, […]

by Danielle Childress on May 15, 2014

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Out of Office– The Power of a Well-Planned Retreat

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Today’s frenzied, do-more-with-less work week has presented senior business leaders with a challenging paradox—namely, how do you discuss strategic planning, brainstorm on new business opportunities, and spend quality time as a group to improve overall team chemistry when you’re already inundated with tedious conference calls and tactical staff meetings? A well-planned executive retreat solves this contradiction by providing CEOs and their top leaders with a dedicated opportunity to come together […]

by Guest Writer on May 14, 2014

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10 Tips for Planning Events in Europe

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Over the past couple of years, the travel industry has seen a slow increase in the use of international destinations for incentive travel programs. A recent Maritz Travel study, the International Destination Index, revealed that many European destinations provide the luxury and adventure that participants particularly value in incentive travel. As Europe continues to be a choice destination for participants and planners alike, planners should consider some of the challenges […]

by Guest Writer on May 14, 2014

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For Top Luxury Hotels and Meeting Planners, Availability is Tight, Demand is Up – and Creative, Disruptive Technology is the Key to Planning Successful Meetings in 2014 and Beyond

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Elite Meetings International’s April 2014 Elite Meetings Alliance at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa Drives Deals, Anticipates Trends  Santa Barbara, CA – May 7 2014 New technology and conducting business profitably and efficiently in an environment of high demand and tight budgets were hot topics at the April 2014 Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA). Elite Meetings International’s (EMI’s) three-day event, held at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach […]

by Martha Brooks on May 7, 2014

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IMEX Frankfurt 2014 Promises an Education and Then Some

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Learning opportunities at this year’s IMEX Frankfurt are as varied as Germany’s 16 states. New for 2014? A Business Skills track to complement seven returning educational tracks. All in all, attendees will have more than 150 sessions to choose from, the majority eligible for CMP credits. The education program is the most extensive yet to be produced by IMEX and its partners, and has adopted current trends for shorter, more […]

by Susan Campbell on April 30, 2014

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