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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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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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