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Elite Meetings International to Present SpeedRFP™ at The
Travel Innovation Summit@The PhoCusWright Conference 

– Available in Q1 2010, SpeedRFP offers a Solution to the Inefficiencies and
Costs of Submitting Request For Proposals Online –
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Santa Barbara, CA – November 17, 2009 – Elite Meetings International, Inc., a provider of integrated solutions to enhance the performance of meeting and hospitality professionals, announced that it has been selected to demonstrate its SpeedRFP technology as one of an elite group of Innovators  at The Travel Innovation Summit@The PhocusWright Conference, November 17 in Orlando. 
The Travel Innovation Summit@The PhoCusWright Conference showcases the travel industry’s hottest, most innovative Web and mobile-based solutions. Start-up and seasoned companies from around the world demonstrate tools, products and sites that significantly impact how travelers research, plan, purchase, organize and memorialize their trips.

All innovators are screened and selected by PhoCusWright’s team of experienced analysts to showcase true market-changing technology. Four finalists will be selected by the live audience and one will be named The PhoCusWright Travel Innovation Summit Winner. 

“We are pleased to have been selected to present SpeedRFP at this prestigious gathering,” said Kelly Foy, Chief Executive Officer of Elite Meetings International. Foy concluded, “Coming on the heels of our introduction of SpeedRFP at the 2009 Motivation Show, and as we prepare for the product’s launch in early 2010, this provides a great opportunity for us to share this unique solution with travel industry leaders from around the world.”

Created and introduced by Elite Meetings International, Inc., the innovator in online solutions for the hotel and meeting industries, SpeedRFP is a new product for creating, submitting and tracking RFPs online. SpeedRFP is the only online Request For Proposal (RFP) tool that is completely portable — it permits planners to take meeting, event and incentive RFPs anywhere on the web, and submit an RFP on any SpeedRFP-enabled site, with as few as 3 clicks. 

It has received initial support from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which is integrating SpeedRFP on its www.StarwoodConventionCollection.com website; from the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), and from the meeting planning community. 

SpeedRFP is also being considered for integration by additional leading hotel chains and independent hotels, with full industrywide availability expected in early 2010.

About Elite Meetings International

Based in Santa Barbara, Elite Meetings International (EMI) provides integrated solutions to enhance the performance of meeting and hospitality professionals. EMI supports this community through a combination of innovative technology, direct sales support, customized marketing programs and face-to-face business-building events. Additionally, www.EliteMeetings.com serves as a commission-free RFP-generating tool and a comprehensive vehicle for sourcing luxury, upper-upscale and upscale properties. EMI’s innovations include FaceTime™, a widely used program for helping buyers and sellers – across any industry – identify synergies, manage appointments and make direct connections with one another; and SpeedRFP™ (www.SpeedRFP.com), a new time-saving product for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online. For additional information, please visit www.EliteMeetings.com or call 805-730-1000.


 
Contact:

Michael Frenkel for 
Elite Meetings International, Inc.
michael@mfcpr.com
(212) 808-6556
 

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