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As the Group Meetings Business Gathers Strength Entering 2011,
Elite Meetings International Introduces its First Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA)
for the Gold Collection, January 23-25, 2011,
Paradise Point Resort & Spa, San Diego

Premier Gold EMA to Feature One-on-One Business Building Sessions, Education and Hands-on Introductions to Elite’s Industry Leading Technologies

Santa Barbara, CA, November 22, 2010 – New technologies supporting the work of meeting professionals and hotels will compliment one-on-one business building sessions and unique educational opportunities at Elite Meetings International’s (EMI) first Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA) for the Gold Collection, a new tier of upscale properties launched by EMI to better serve meeting professionals who seek the highest quality meeting and incentive offerings in North America. The EMA is a three-day forum that brings together prequalified corporate, association, and intermediary meeting professionals with leaders in the luxury hotel industry.
 

Taking place at Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA, January 23-25 2011, the EMA includes prescheduled one-on-one meetings, educational sessions for CMP credit, great speakers and unique networking events. For more information, visit www.EliteMeetingsAlliance.com. 

“We are excited to announce our first ever EMA for the Gold Collection,” said Kelly Foy, chief executive officer of Elite Meetings. He continued, “As the recovery in group business really takes hold, it’s more critical than ever to make available tools and technologies that allow meeting and hotel sales professionals to do their jobs better, faster, and more profitably. We look forward to welcoming top hotels and prequalified meeting professionals to Paradise Point to kick off 2011 in a uniquely fun, fast-paced, business-building environment.”

More than 100 top meeting planners and Elite Certified Gold hotels are expected to attend the first EMA of 2011. In one-on-one business sessions, they will conduct hundreds of face-to-face meetings to book business and create and reinforce business relationships using EMI’s FaceTime Appointment Scheduler technology.

The FaceTime Appointment Scheduler has been utilized to bring planners and hotels together at hosted buyer programs at the Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress in Vancouver last summer; and at the 2009 and 2010 ITME/Motivation Show in Chicago. It is also currently in use by major luxury hotel chains, CVBs and meeting planning organizations around the world.

Gold EMA attendees who have not already done so will also have the chance to participate in hands-on demonstrations of EMI’s cutting edge technology, SpeedRFP.

SpeedRFP, a new product for creating, submitting and tracking RFPs online, officially launched earlier this year, and is generating adoption from meetings planners and hotels in the U.S. and internationally. It is the system that powers EliteMeetings.com, and is also being utilized as a primary online RFP-generating system for Destination Hotels & Resorts and Dolce Hotels & Resorts, among others. As SpeedRFP gains in adoption, input from users continues to be gathered to shape the technology into a game-changer for the industry. SpeedRFP is a completely portable and seamless RFP tool that is fully APEX-compliant. Any hotel can download the Community Edition at no charge, and it is free to meeting professionals, from whom it is drawing enthusiastic support.

Anticipated EMA Gold attendees include meeting professionals from organizations such as ALCOA, Ameriprise Financial, Booz Allen Hamilton, Electronic Arts, Fujitsu, Johnson & Johnson, and the US-ASEAN Business Council; and hotel sales professionals from properties such as Hilton Waikoloa Village, the Intercontinental Dallas, the Palms Casino Resort, Thunder Valley Casino, and the Woodlands Resort & Conference Center.

The event will also feature top industry speakers and motivational professionals, providing insight as well as hands-on instruction that is sure to be of value to attendees.


About Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point is a 462-room bungalow-style resort set on Mission Bay in the heart of San Diego. Established in 1962 by famous Hollywood Director Jack Skirball, this island getaway features over one-mile of sandy beach encircling the resort, five swimming pools, a freshwater lake and tranquil lagoon. Among the resort’s various amenities are a luxurious Asian-themed spa, two dining venues, an 18-hole putting golf course, fitness center, and private marina equipped with sailboats, jet skis, kayaks and more. Secluded yet centrally located, the resort is just minutes from top attractions including SeaWorld, Old Town, the Gaslamp District, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. For more information, visit www.paradisepoint.com.
 
About Elite Meetings International
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 other innovations include FaceTime™ Appointment Scheduler (www.FaceTimeScheduler.com), a sought after program for helping conference attendees identify synergies, manage appointments, and make direct connection 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.
 
For more information on the 2011 Gold EMA, contact EMATeam@EliteMeetings.com or call 805-879-4485.

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Contact: 

Michael Frenkel 
for Elite Meetings International, Inc.
michael@mfcpr.com
(212) 330-8120

 

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Also See: FaceTime Appointment™ Scheduler Connects More Than 5,000 Buyers and Suppliers at Travel Industry Trade Shows in 2010; Elite Meetings’ Technology is Now Being Used by CVBs, Conference Organizers and More, as the Traditional Trade Show Model Gives Way to Pre-Scheduled Appointment Efficiencies / October 2010

Elite Meetings International Hits the Green with Fall EMA at Kingsmill Resort; As Planners and Top Luxury Hotels Come Together to Book Business and Preview Paradigm Shifts that are Reshaping the Meetings Industry, EMI Prepares for the Busiest Season in the Company's History / October 2010

Elite Meetings International (EMI) Announces Expansion in Europe at IMEX - Alda D. Egurrola-Wienke is Appointed Regional Director -- European Platinum and Gold Hotels will be added to www.EliteMeetings.com; A European Board of Advisors (EMAB) is formed to Evaluate and Rate Properties / May 2010

Innovation and Business-Building to Take Center Stage at Elite Meetings International's Spring 2010 EMA - May 16-18 at Terranea Resort; Elite Meeting Alliance (EMA) to Feature One-on-One Business Building, Educational Sessions and Hands-on Introductions to Elite Meetings' Industry Leading Technologies, SpeedRFP™ and FaceTime™ Appointment Scheduler / May 2010

Newmarket International and Elite Meetings International Partner to Enable Direct Online Connectivity between Hospitality Venues and Meeting Planners; SpeedRFP™ to Integrate with MeetingBrokerSM and Directly Connect to Leading Sales and Catering Solutions Offered by Newmarket International / May 2010

SpeedRFP™ Launches - Elite Meetings' Free Online RFP Solution is Generating RFPs and Gaining Rapid Support in the Planner Community - Destination Hotels & Resorts Becomes the First Hotel Brand to Adopt SpeedRFP / April 2010

Elite Meetings Creates Two Tiers for Elite Certified Hotels, Which Will Soon Number More Than 1,400 on www.EliteMeetings.com; Elite Properties Are Now Categorized as Platinum and Gold, to Provide Even More Options and Information to Support Meeting Professionals / March 2010

FaceTime Appointment Scheduler is Now Available to Meeting Professionals, Suppliers, and Conference Organizers Worldwide; After Connecting Record Numbers of 'MeetDifferent' Attendees, Overwhelming Demand Spurs Elite Meetings to Release its FaceTime Scheduling Technology as a Universally Available Solution for Organizing Appointments at Meetings and Conferences / March 2010

Elite Meetings International (EMI) Holds its First Offshore Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA); Meeting Professionals and Hotels Come Together in Honolulu to do Business, Exchange Ideas / February 2010

Elite Meetings International (EMI) Adds Two Sales Directors and Promotes a Third; As EMI Increases its Suite of Products to Support Meeting Professionals and Hotels, it Bolsters its North American Sales Team / February 2010

Elite Meetings International Announces Mark Ley as Director of Marketing; Sales and Marketing Executive to Spearhead Building Communities and Social Networks Around EMI's Suite of Products, Services and Events / January 2010

Elite Meetings International Names Carol M. Lynch Director of Planner Communications; Seasoned Sales and Planner Relations Executive will Expand Program of Meeting Planner Outreach, as EMI Brings SpeedRFP, Other Innovations into 2010 / January 2010

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 / November 2009
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