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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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Intern Insights 1: April 2014 EMA

  ¡Hola and welcome to the April Elite Meetings Alliance hosted at the sprawling beachside Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa! My name is Ross Monnich, Elite meetings Intern and face behind Intern Insights, the daily EMA event blog. When Margaret peeked her head around the corner of my cubicle in March 2013 and asked if I would be interested in writing the event blog for my […]

by Ross Monnich on April 23, 2014

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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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