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2014 Digital Magazine Versions are Available Now!

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  The 2014 Elite Meetings magazine platinum edition  is available now on Hudson newsstands in major airports throughout the United States. But what if you can’t get to a terminal? Have no fear, dear meeting planning guru. Ready to access Elite Meetings magazine? View the digital version of Platinum here, and Gold here. Happy reading!

by Martha Brooks on March 26, 2014

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You Asked, We Listened!

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You know that feeling of anticipation you get before opening a long-awaited gift from a friend? Well, that’s how I am feeling now. The excitement is overwhelming! I’ve been working with the FaceTime Appointment Scheduler for the last 4 years. In this time, I have watched it grow from a fledgling software system into a robust and comprehensive event appointment scheduler for the masses. Along the way, I’ve had the […]

by Janelle Caballero on February 25, 2014

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The Sonesta Collection Adopts SpeedRFP to Power the eRFP Process for 51 of its Domestic, International, and Extended Stay Hotels

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Santa Barbara, Calif.: February 20, 2014—Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced today that its cloud-based, request-for-proposal (RFP) system, SpeedRFP, has been selected by the Sonesta Collection to power the electronic RFP process for its brand and for 51 of its top properties for groups. The Sonesta Collection joins some of the world’s most recognized brands and independent hotels currently utilizing SpeedRFP technology to power their websites’ electronic RFP processes for meetings, […]

by Martha Brooks on February 20, 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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SpeedRFP Use Grows 70 Percent in 2013, With Nearly 50,000 Unique Event RFPs Submitted During the Year

SpeedRFP’s Event Growth Has Increased by More Than 350 Percent Since 2011. The Cloud-Based eRFP System Established a Solid Industry Standard as Buyer Membership Closes in on the 100,000 Mark. Santa Barbara, CA.: January 14, 2014 – Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced its cloud-based eRFP technology product, SpeedRFP, surpassed projections for the second straight year in both volume of unique event submissions and in buyer membership growth. As hotels and resorts around […]

by Martha Brooks on January 14, 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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The SpeedRFP Network Launches at IMEX America 2013

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SpeedRFP’s 72,000 Buyer Members Can Now Access Over 10,000 Hotels that Focus on Group Business – Directly, Easily and in One Place Santa Barbara, CA, October 14, 2013—SpeedRFP, the leading cloud-based, request-for-proposal (RFP) system, launched the SpeedRFP Network, a new portal for hotels around the world focused on group business. The SpeedRFP electronic proposal system currently serves 72,000 buyers, who can repurpose proposals on any SpeedRFP-enabled site. The SpeedRFP Network […]

by Martha Brooks on October 14, 2013

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SpeedRFP Sees Growth, Limits E-RFP Spam

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Source: MeetingsNet By: Dave Kovaleski Elite Meetings International is reporting a big jump in the number of buyers using its SpeedRFP electronic request for proposal system. In the past 12 months its network of planners and other buyers has grown by more than 38,000 to over 69,000. Next month at IMEX America (October 15–17 in Las Vegas), the company will officially launch its new SpeedRFP Network, a portal where planners […]

by Martha Brooks on September 19, 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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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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