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EMA Insights & Takeaways 5: January 2015 EMA

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  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 Hospitality. Each planner commented on how important the topic was and Tracy’s grace and accuracy in addressing it. After the Education Session wrapped up, Planners and Hoteliers entered […]

by Deanna Graves on January 27, 2015

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EMA Insights & Takeaways 4: January 2015 EMA

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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 session titled “Jagger, Madonna, Beyonce and Bieber: Setting the Stage for All Generations to Shine.” This Education Session provided insight on how to better understand our demographic in the workplace and the marketplace. I […]

by Deanna Graves on January 25, 2015

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EMA Insights & Takeaways 3: January 2015 EMA

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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 attendees taking full advantage of booking relaxing spa packages as well as some adventure tours. Some of the adventure packages include Jamaican bobsleds, zip lines through the mountains, […]

by Deanna Graves on January 24, 2015

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EMA Insights & Takeaways 2: January 2015 EMA

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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 of the ocean waves crashing the sandy shore, and the sun already beginning to warm your bones, many guests find themselves with the urge to wake […]

by Deanna Graves on January 24, 2015

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EMA Insights & Takeaways 1: January 2015 EMA

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Welcome Home. Big wide smiles, calm relaxed eyes, and a whole-hearted love for life is what you can expect to behold here at this year’s January Elite Meetings Alliance in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  From the second I stepped foot onto Jamaican land, I’ve observed what I can only describe as an afterglow. That brisk feeling of euphoria after you experience something truly heavenly -The feeling you get causing the bottom half […]

by Deanna Graves on January 23, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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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Intern Insights 1: August 2014 EMA

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  Good Morning and welcome to the August 2014 Elite Meetings Alliance at the EPIC Miami, a Kimpton Hotel nested at the edge of Miami’s sparkling marina! My name is Betsy Wang, Elite Meeting’s intern, bringing you the daily EMA event blog, Intern Insights. Leaving my humble abode where I currently study communication and technology management at University of California, Santa Barbara, I was excited to embark on my second […]

by Elite Meetings Intern on August 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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Intern Insights 6: April 2014 EMA

Over already?! I can’t believe how fast this event has flown by. I am so grateful to have been a part of this one-of-a-kind Elite Meetings Alliance event. You all have taught me so much in such a short time. I know I wasn’t the only one who learned something; between the Educational Sessions and One-on-Ones, everyone is coming away from this event with something valuable. A huge thanks goes […]

by Elite Meetings Intern on April 29, 2014

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Intern Insight 5: April 2014 EMA

  Monday mornings are always tough for everyone. I keep my balcony windows open so that the light from the sunrise creeps in, and this made it easier to wake up each morning. As I look out my window everyday, I am so mesmerized by the beautiful ocean of Cancun. I was awake at 6:10 AM and I was ready to get business done. At the EMA, Monday’s are always […]

by Elite Meetings Intern on April 28, 2014

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Intern Insights 4: April 2014 EMA

WOW! Where do I start? I’m currently lounging on my balcony, overlooking the Sunset Terrace, and watching the exceptional JSAV Team and Fiesta Americana staff members pack up this dinner party. They deserve a huge shout out for the amazing service they have been providing to us. This morning I enjoyed a delicious Mexican breakfast at the Isla Contoy along side some of the early-bird planners. After my meal, I […]

by Elite Meetings Intern on April 27, 2014

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Intern Insights 3: April 2014 EMA

It is finally the weekend, and I had a fantastic beginning of the April 2014 EMA! Wow, what a day! Today I realized how exciting it is to be in the hospitality industry. So far, I have been learning a lot from the EMA team and also from you, the planners and hoteliers! It is interesting how I can learn so much more beyond the window-less walls of the lecture hall. While […]

by Elite Meetings Intern on April 27, 2014

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Intern Insights 2: April 2014 EMA

  Hello everyone! This is Tori and Betsy, coming to you live from the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa! Yesterday we left Santa Barbara at 2 AM wearing our warm sweatshirts, forgetting how hot and perfect the weather would be like in Cancun. Thanks to AeroMexico, traveling was a breeze and, before we knew it, we were in Mexico! My, oh my, are you guys in for […]

by Elite Meetings Intern on April 26, 2014

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