Elite Meetings Alliance

Find fun in Orlando during our next Elite Meetings Alliance

While scores of U.S. cities enjoy the bucks and buzz of hosting conventions and special events each year, one notably eclectic hub has truly earned the title of America’s meeting mecca: Orlando. This once-sleepy central Florida crossroads, which

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Go wild with inviting animals to events

It’s every planner’s goal to host events that people remember, whether it’s with really useful content, great parties, or meaningful connections. At our recent Elite Meetings Alliance, Cvent found one more memorable addition: animals. Not only

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EMA Wrap-up: Reaping the rewards of a fantastic event

My last two days at the Elite Meetings Alliance at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs were hectic, to say the least. I’ve been told that event planning is the fifth most stressful job, and I completely believe that now. So why do people do it? Why

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EMA Day 2: My newfound appreciation for planners

After a day of running around to deliver printouts, grab lunches, and help attendees, I was exhausted. I never believed that event planning was particularly easy, but my experiences on Day 2 of the Elite Meetings Alliance have given me a whole new

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EMA Day 1: Great scenery, great conversation, and … tomahawks?

The first day of my first Elite Meetings Alliance was quite an experience. It was certainly a whirlwind, from my early morning flight to the last cocktail. We met so many wonderful planners and hoteliers who are excited to learn and network over the

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Welcome back to Meet Well! Now off to the EMA…

Welcome back to the Meet Well blog! Did you miss us? After three months of transition and hiatus, Meet Well is up and running again, with a new face at the helm. My name is Hannah Prince, and I joined Cvent in August as the new editor of Meet Well

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EMA Magic

Before joining the Cvent Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA) team, I was a part of a company that had participated in EMAs for years. I had heard about these grand and lively events but was never lucky enough to attend. Then, at the end of 2015, I made a

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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss The Next EMA (in Mexico!)

When like-minded people get together, great things can happen. The Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA) is just that – an alliance, an event where top meeting and incentive planners form mutually beneficial relationships with leaders in the luxury hotel

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Overheard at the September 2015 EMA

At the September 2015 EMA earlier this week at La Cantera Resort, I heard several common thoughts from attendees. From their impression of the event, the venue, and their experiences in general, here are a few notable sentiments. “The EMA is unlike

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Four Things I Learned From the EMA (on Day One!)

As a first time Elite Meetings Alliance attendee, I really didn’t know what to expect. I figured it would be like your typical networking opportunity, with some standard educational sessions throughout. I have attended a handful of industry events

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EMA Education Session: Creating Awareness of Human Trafficking

It was shocking to learn that worldwide, an estimated 1.3 million children are enslaved through prostitution. Much of this trafficking is done in hotels. At the EMA meeting in Las Vegas, we were given advice on what to look for and what to do if we

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CSR That Saves Lives

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is increasingly important in today’s environment. Planners, as well as destinations and venues, see the benefit. Tammi Runzler, Vice-President of Sales and Corporate Social Responsibility, Clean the World,

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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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Team Building Hits a High Note

Continuing the theme of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the Elite Meeting Alliance gathering in Las Vegas, an incredible team-building activity produced by Hello! Las Vegas DMC was not only fun, but served a great cause. Before the EMA,

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Industry Trends Explored at Elite Meetings EMA

The May 2015 Elite Meeting Alliance meeting started out with a hard-hitting presentation on Industry Trends by Michael Dominguez, Senior Vice-President, Hotel Sales, MGM Resorts International. Here are some of the highlights from his educational

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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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EMA Insights & Takeaways 5: January 2015 EMA

  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

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EMA Insights & Takeaways 4: January 2015 EMA

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

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EMA Insights & Takeaways 3: January 2015 EMA

  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

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EMA Insights & Takeaways 2: January 2015 EMA

  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

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