Elite Meetings Alliance


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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EMA Insights & Takeaways 1: January 2015 EMA

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,

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Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Resorts Plan Six-Star Experience

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

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