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, I’ve

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CEO Update: The Latest on our Acquisition by Cvent

Our recent acquisition by Cvent represents a very exciting time for Elite Meetings International (EMI). While we’ve created a strong brand with great products, we have only scratched the surface of all that is possible. At EMI, we have grand

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Spotlight on Hawaii

It must be in the Hawaiian DNA, that welcoming sense of hospitality that hoteliers everywhere would like to emulate. And when it comes to natural beauty, Hawaii’s brimming with it. It’s the kind of ancient, raw beauty that makes one see the world

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10 Tech Tools to Boost Your Productivity

As meeting planners, we have to be extremely organized and efficient—but, of course, you already knew that! When you add business travel to the mix, the task becomes even more difficult. While onsite recently with a client prior to the event kickoff,

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Going Social: 5 Things You Should Be Doing

We’re in a highly social, face-to-face season. That got me thinking a lot about other ways of being social—social media, for instance. Its influence is epic. With social media driving marketing, branding, and meetings and events, what is the best way

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The Week in Reviews

See what fellow meeting planners said about their experiences at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Gateway Canyons Resort, and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. We’re highlighting three here, but you'll find many more on EliteMeetings.com.

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Year-End Trend Review

After my traditional Thanksgiving, I did it all over again at a Friday “Friendsgiving.” As you know, our partners in the industry become our friends: hoteliers, DMCs, and vendors. And now, as I looked around my Friendsgiving table, I realized

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The Week in Reviews

See what fellow meeting planners said about their experiences with The Grand Del Mar, Turning Stone Resort and Casino, The Wort Hotel, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, Palms Casino Resort

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12 Tips For Better Meetings: Hospitality Experts From the Marriott Convention & Resort Network Weigh In

Just like meeting planners, hoteliers have a lot riding on satisfying attending groups. Hosting meetings is a specialty among hotels in the Marriott Convention & Resort Network, a selection of 60 hotels and resorts with from the JW Marriott,

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Holiday Gift Ideas

I love the holidays, and especially gift buying—better to give, than to receive! I am someone who puts a good deal of thought into picking a gift that I know suits its intended recipient, right down to the wrapping paper! And after I’ve completed my

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Spotlight on Aruba: 3 Reasons to Plan a Trip Right Now

Known for its friendly people, divi divi trees, and warm, dry climate outside the hurricane belt, Aruba measures just 6 miles across and less than 20 miles long. Small, but a mighty force in Caribbean tourism, the tiny former Dutch colony welcomes

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5 Hot Trends for Holiday Party Planning

I haven’t even finished my Halloween goodies, purchased my Thanksgiving turkey, and been nipped by Jack Frost. Yet retailers are already planning their holiday displays — and we meeting planners, our holiday parties. With that in mind, I wanted to

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Team Up and Give Back

With the holidays—the traditional season of giving—right around the corner, this seems a good time to enhance our corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. Planning team-building events that make an impact can have a tremendously motivating

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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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Autumn-Inspired Activities

  Now that the sun has set on summer, we find ourselves in a new season—and autumn lends itself perfectly to evocative activities. With its crisp air and profound effects on landscapes across the country, fall sets an ideal backdrop for

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Jamaica: 3 Reasons to Plan a Trip Right Now

Jamaica, the Caribbean's third largest island, epitomizes the region's allure with its easy airlift, diverse resort areas, all-inclusive options, and more than 100 rivers tumbling down from green-velvet mountains to a sea edged in dreamy golden sand.

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Eco-Minded Planning

Kermit the Frog lamented, “It’s not that easy being green.” That may be true for Kermit and his particular brand of greenness, but it doesn’t have to be that way for green meetings. Sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are terms

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