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Elite Meetings Alliance

Meeting Planners and Suppliers Bat 1000 at Bacara Resort & Spa for the January 2014 Elite Meetings Alliance

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Santa Barbara, Calif.: February 6, 2014—Elite Meetings International (EMI) wrapped up its January 2014 Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA) with high scores, high praise, and equally high expectations for resulting business between the meeting planners and suppliers in attendance. The event, held January 26–28, 2014, at Santa Barbara’s Bacara Resort & Spa, combined a full slate of well-received education, two days of one-on-one appointments, and numerous opportunities for networking. Exit surveys […]

by Martha Brooks on February 6, 2014

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Intern Insights 6: January EMA

By: Ross Monnich It is interesting to reminisce on my very first EMA in San Diego and how much I have changed since that experience.The closest I’d come to business trips back then was the occasional “managers treat” run to the local Chinese joint in Stockton to buy lunch for my fellow lifeguards.  I didn’t have a business suit when the first edition of ‘Intern Insights’ was published and I […]

by Ross Monnich on January 29, 2014

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Intern Insights 5: January EMA

By: Ross Monnich It was an early one this morning. Our call time was at 6AM and I vaguely recall prepping the One-on-One room before devouring a massive breakfast and manning the Hospitality Desk until noon. Monday has typically been the fastest and most intense day of the EMA program but I felt at ease this go-around, comfortable in my obligations. However smoothly these things may run during the event, […]

by Ross Monnich on January 28, 2014

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Intern Insights 4: January EMA

By: Ross Monnich   I had wild ambitions for my Sunday morning. When I was informed that my allotted Sunday call-time would be 11:30, my mind instantly kicked into plan-making mode. I was going to wake up at 6am and plow through a few chapters of my book, knock out some ab exercises, run down the beach to surf, and then sprint back up in time for an early breakfast. […]

by Ross Monnich on January 27, 2014

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Intern Insights 3: January EMA

By: Ross Monnich   Saturday at the Bacara Resort & Spa was a frenzy of excitement, education, and arrivals and ended with one of the classiest affairs to bless these Californian bluffs. I don’t know if it’s because I have worked four of these events before or if the local comfort is keeping the pressure off, but this event got off the ground smoothly and relatively stress-free. On the down low, […]

by Ross Monnich on January 26, 2014

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Intern Insights 2: January EMA

By: Ross Monnich   I can just barely make out the red Spanish tile roofs of the Bacara villas from Sands, the crowded workhorse surf break in Isla Vista. I have often sat in the water staring North up the beach, wanting to make the push and explore new places in my own backyard but always finding a lame excuse that prevents me from actually pulling the trigger.  So to […]

by Ross Monnich on January 25, 2014

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Intern Insights 1: January EMA

By: Ross Monnich You’ve undoubtedly heard the hype surrounding Santa Barbara. “The sun shines every day of the year! The dresscode is swimsuits and smiles! You’ll shop until your meniscus ruptures! The fish tacos are epic!”. Well folks, I am here to address the hype and set the record straight: That is all true and the fish tacos aren’t just epic, they are made to order in heaven. So get […]

by Ross Monnich on January 24, 2014

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Elite Meetings International Brings National Show Home to Santa Barbara

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Nearly 200 top meeting professionals and hoteliers from the U.S. and Mexico will attend the Elite Meetings Alliance January 26–28, 2014, at Bacara Resort & Spa SANTA BARBARA, CA: January 10, 2014—Santa Barbara—based Elite Meetings International, Inc. announced that its first Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA) of 2014 is set to take place at Bacara Resort & Spa, January 26-28, 2014. The EMA is a three-day, invitation-only event that brings together […]

by Martha Brooks on January 10, 2014

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Intern Insights 4: November EMA

By: Ross Monnich There’s nothing like a Raw Seafood Bar and live alligators to let you know you’re in Florida! Not only was the Floridian-themed Welcome Dinner a smashing success, but a number of attendees, including myself, officially checked ‘gator handling’ off the ol’ Bucket List. A reoccurring theme is beginning to take shape at the EMA’s. The Elite Meetings Alliance planning staff has an affinity for incorporating live animals […]

by Ross Monnich on November 11, 2013

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Intern Insights 3: November EMA

By: Ross Monnich I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these events are marathons in eating. As hungry attendees, we are enticed as the servers approach us with aesthetically arranged morsels and we begin to rationalize our behavior. “This is a snack. They are small. I can eat many of these and definitely still have room for dinner. It really would be a shame NOT to try this. […]

by Ross Monnich on November 10, 2013

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Intern Insights 2: November EMA

By: Ross Monnich In all honesty, I had my work cut out for me on this one. With midterms looming in the not so distant future, critical term paper due dates creeping up quietly (as they often tend to do), and an EMA to help organize, I was feeling as if I had bitten off more than I could chew. My outlook was grim as I looked over my academic […]

by Ross Monnich on November 9, 2013

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Intern Insights 1: November EMA

By: Ross Monnich Just when you thought it was safe to pack away the boardshorts, bikinis, and beach towels, the November Elite Meetings Alliance brings summer back to you at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples! A brief introduction is in order for those first-time EMA attendees. My name is Ross Monnich and I am a part-time intern here at Elite Meetings. I am in my 4th and final year at UC […]

by Ross Monnich on November 8, 2013

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Elite Meetings Alliance at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Delivers Stunning Locations, Heartfelt Memories and Outstanding Business Results

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Santa Barbara, Calif.: September 10, 2013—Elite Meetings International’s (EMI’s) August 2013 Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA), held at Colorado’s Park Hyatt Beaver Creek on August 18-20, achieved the highest attendee satisfaction ever. The event, which brought together 55 prescreened buyers and representatives of 42 world-class hotels, along with 13 partners, included nearly 1,000 prescheduled appointments, plus hundreds of additional contacts made during networking events. EMI CEO Kelly Foy said, “Having the […]

by Martha Brooks on September 10, 2013

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Intern Insights 6, August EMA

By: Ross Monnich As I sit here at the desk in my room during the last morning of my stay at Beaver Creek, I reflect on just how fortunate I am. How fortunate I am to be able to attend such a great event with such friendly folks. How fortunate I am to have linked up with such a supportive group at Elite. How fortunate we all are to work […]

by Ross Monnich on August 21, 2013

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Intern Insights 5, August EMA

By: Ross Monnich It was a day of introductions. Handshakes and ‘How-Are-You’s were ubiquitous in the cavernous McCoy’s room as attendees systematically shuffled from table to table during the one-on-one meetings, or as I like to call them ‘Hospitality Speed Dates’. These meeting sessions are the bread and butter of the EMA and they are very advantageous for meeting planners and hoteliers alike. The stationed hoteliers are booking potential customers, […]

by Ross Monnich on August 20, 2013

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Intern Insights 4, August EMA

By: Ross Monnich There will be antler chandeliers in my future home. There will also be gaping cobblestone fireplaces and wood accents throughout. Looking around the hotel lobby and grounds it suddenly struck me that I have never felt so comfortable, so at home, in any hotel I have ever stayed at. It’s the warm décor. It’s the cozy library. It’s the embrace of the surrounding mountains. Even with the […]

by Ross Monnich on August 19, 2013

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Intern Insights 3, August EMA

By: Ross Monnich A culinary-induced affliction slowly settled over the EMA attendees late last night following the Taste of Beaver Creek Planner Reception. This particular malady is not necessarily a painful, uncomfortable, or altogether disagreeable ailment because it typically means that you have thoroughly enjoyed yourself. I’m talking about a widespread case of “Food Coma”. The finest restaurants in Beaver Creek assembled on the ice rink to turn out hundreds […]

by Ross Monnich on August 18, 2013

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Intern Insights 1, August EMA

By: Ross Monnich   Hello and welcome all attendees to the 2013 August Elite Meetings Alliance! My name is Ross Monnich and I am the resident intern and blog writer for Intern Insights, your daily summary of EMA events. This event marks my second consecutive EMA, and after having joined the team in April at the Hotel Del Coronado, I am feeling less like a young fledgling and more like a […]

by Ross Monnich on August 12, 2013

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Elite Meetings Alliance at Hotel del Coronado Delivered Record Appointments

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  Elite Meetings Alliance at Hotel del Coronado Delivered Record Appointments, Enthusiastic Teamwork and Outstanding Business Results Santa Barbara, Calif.: April 19, 2013—Elite Meetings International’s (EMI’s) April 2013 Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA) at the Hotel del Coronado on April 7–9, reached new heights in terms of productivity and satisfaction for attending parties. The event, which brought together 100 prescreened buyers and representatives of 63 world-class hotels, along with 15 partners, […]

by Martha Brooks on April 19, 2013

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Intern Insights 6, April 9th

By: Ross Monnich Well, they say all good things must come to an end and unfortunately the final bell has tolled for our April EMA. I hope all of you attendees had as much fun as I did exploring the regal resort grounds, reuniting with old friends, and meeting new ones. On our final day we enjoyed a send-off keynote speech, wrapped up our one-on-one meeting’s and shared a few amazing meals […]

by Ross Monnich on April 12, 2013

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