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Ross Monnich

A Local’s Guide to Santa Barbara

The iconic red-tiled roofs of Santa Barbara offer more than just your standard shopping spread. Divert from the well-worn path of the tourists that flock to State Street and you’ll discover rich, authentic Mexican fare, local grassroots wineries, and

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A Bird’s-Eye View: Adding Drone Photography to Your Next Event

Imagine capturing a soaring shot of a bustling trade-show floor, breathtaking pan of a poolside reception, or a scene skimming a lush vineyard leading to your event site—a sprawling Napa estate. Until recently scenes like these were only attainable

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Overheard at the EMA

Our triannual Elite Meetings Alliance brings together qualified meeting planners and luxury hotel representatives from around the world for a weekend of quality networking and good times. As you would expect, these attendees have a lot to say about

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An Ode to Swans and Meeting Planners

You plan, you prep, you check and double-check rooming lists. The past months have seen a steady stream of site visits, detailed negotiations, and lengthy email threads. You’ve spent untold months, maybe years, making meticulous arrangements in the

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Star Planner 2.0: Separating Your RFPs From the Pack

In 2012 the Star Planner Program was born. Conceived with the desire to identify and reward our most qualified and dedicated users of EliteMeetings.com and the SpeedRFP Network, the program promised greater planner recognition amongst hotels &

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