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SpeedRFP, the Online Direct Buying Network for Meeting Planners, Leapfrogs its Growth

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SpeedRFP Surpassed 65,000 Buyer Members, and Helped Facilitate more than $100,000,000 in Bookings in the Past Year Santa Barbara, CA, August 27, 2013—SpeedRFP, the leading cloud-based, request-for-proposal (RFP) system, grew its network of meeting planners and other buyers by more than 38,000 in the past 12 months. In doing so, it surpassed the 65,000-member mark and was involved in bookings exceeding $100,000,000 in meeting revenues in the same period. Based […]

by Martha Brooks on August 27, 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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MGM Resorts Adopts SpeedRFP to Power the eRFP Process For the MGM Brand and its Individual Websites

Santa Barbara, Calif.: July 22, 2013—Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced today that its cloud-based, request-for-proposal (RFP) system, SpeedRFP, has been selected by MGM Resorts International (MGM) to power the electronic RFP process for mgmresorts.com and for 15 of its top hotels for groups. MGM joins some of the world’s most recognized brands and independent hotels currently utilizing SpeedRFP technology to power their website’s electronic RFP process. By adopting the system, […]

by Martha Brooks on July 22, 2013

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What’s a Star Planner and What Does it Mean to Hoteliers?

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Remember getting a gold star in school when you did something wonderful? We do. And we’re carrying over the tradition to our best meeting planners. We’re recognizing meeting planners who consistently use SpeedRFP to submit their requests for proposals (RFPs). These Star Planners not only submit their RFPs to SpeedRFP-enabled hotels, they book them, too. Hoteliers will now be able to recognize our Star Planners by (what else?) a “star” […]

by Travis Hodge on June 26, 2013

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Boost Exposure by Adding SpeedRFP to your Email Signature

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Is your email signature looking a little drab? If your property is SpeedRFP enabled, we’ve got just the thing: add the Request for Proposal button to your email signature. Not only will it spruce up your communications, it’ll bring more attention to your SpeedRFP form. How’s that a good thing? Adding the button and linking it to SpeedRFP on your website will A.) create a clear ‘purchasing path’ for your […]

by Travis Hodge on June 18, 2013

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Getting the Word: SpeedRFP’s New and Improved Email Notification

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Your lead coordinator’s life is about to get a little easier. SpeedRFP has released a new, more user-friendly email notification for RFPs that have been submitted to your property. These new notifications incorporate more information so it’s easier for lead coordinators to assign RFPs to the correct sales managers. This will simplify and expedite the RFP process for hoteliers, make everyone’s life a little easier, and pave the way for […]

by Travis Hodge on June 14, 2013

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EliteMeetings.com How To: Share, Print or Send an RFP to an Existing List

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Did you know? EliteMeetings.com allows you to easily create personalized lists as you search for the best hotels for your meetings. Creating lists of your preferred hotels can save you lots of time when sourcing your next event. How so? If you plan multiple events in the same location, you can create a list of your ideal hotels as you search on EliteMeetings.com. Or, if you plan meetings with the […]

by clynch on May 3, 2013

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SYVHA Launches Online Request for Proposal Program

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SYVHA Launches Online Request for Proposal Program Enjoy Simplified Meeting, Wedding and Special Event Bookings in the Santa Ynez Valley Santa Ynez Valley, California — The Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association (SYVHA) is proud to announce it will facilitate electronic request for proposals at www.visitthesantaynezvalley.com/meetingsandevents. Through the integration of Elite Meetings International’s SpeedRFP™ technology, planners will have the ability to enter their group’s requirements just one time using SpeedRFP’s standardized […]

by Martha Brooks on May 1, 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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Intern Insights 5, April 8th

By: Ross Monnich   My alarm jarred me awake from a very deep and comfortable slumber this morning at the ripe hour of 5:15 am. Time for Sunrise Yoga. I doubled-up on t-shirts, pulled a sweater over my mangy bed-head, and begrudgingly headed out the door to greet the frigid morning with my trusty Giants cap pulled low over my ears. At this predawn hour, the Del is a virtual […]

by Ross Monnich on April 9, 2013

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Intern Insights 4, April 7th

 By: Ross Monnich  I know I’ve written a lot about our food and eating experiences here at the Hotel Del, but it is a difficult topic to avoid when your days seem to be punctuated by the meals you eat. Having said that, I would be doing this blog a serious injustice if I refrained from mentioning in detail the Hotel Del Coronado’s critically acclaimed Sunday Brunch. We’ve all heard […]

by Ross Monnich on April 8, 2013

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Intern Insights 3, April 6th

  By: Ross Monnich             This morning we rolled out the Welcome-Wagon in traditional EMA & Hotel Del fashion as we greeted incoming attendees at the outdoor Hospitality Desk. It was so great to meet some of the folks that utilize Elite Meetings and to finally shake hands with members of the team that, until now, had been characters of company legend. Our team joined forces […]

by Ross Monnich on April 7, 2013

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Intern Insights 2, April 5th

By: Ross Monnich     We packed our rental car to the gills, braved hellish 405 traffic, and after a long afternoon on the road, finally arrived at the Hotel Del Coronado! Margaret had us salivating all the way down to San Diego as she read us the extensive menu selection that head hotel chef John Shelton has prepared for this weekend. I won’t spoil any culinary surprises, but it is […]

by Ross Monnich on April 6, 2013

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SpeedRFP Feature Update: Phone Number Required on All RFPs

You spoke and we listened! To make it easier for a hotelier to contact planners, brides, and special event clients, it’s now required for them to provide their phone number when they submit a SpeedRFP.     For those of you 50,000+ members using SpeedRFP please keep the feedback coming! We couldn’t have made it this far without you, and it is your feedback that is going to make SpeedRFP […]

by Travis Hodge on April 2, 2013

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Intern Insights, March 29th

  By: Ross Monnich Hello readers and fellow EMA Attendees and welcome to the first edition of Intern Insights for the April 2013 Elite Meetings Alliance! I believe some introductions are in order. My name is Ross, I am a 22-year-old student at the University of California, Santa Barbara and an intern at Elite Meetings International. I am currently on Spring Break, writing this blog in eager anticipation from my […]

by Ross Monnich on April 2, 2013

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