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News for the Hospitality Executive Relaunches with Bold New Look, Fresh Content,
and Record Number of Meeting Planner Reviews

For a Growing Community of Meeting Professionals, the Redesigned Site Will Make Working
with Top-Rated Hotels Easier and More Efficient Than Ever
Santa Barbara, CA, March 21, 2012 – Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced the relaunch of, the meeting planner’s trusted site for sourcing independently certified high-end and luxury hotels. While has introduced many innovations over the years, the relaunch elevates to new heights in both form and function.
The site’s many enhancements include everything from fresh design and highly refined search tools to more prominent reviews by industry professionals with first-hand experiences to relate.
“We’re very proud and excited to unveil our latest creation,” said Kelly Foy, CEO of EMI. “As in everything we do,” he continued, “we sought the wisdom of the planning community before undertaking this project. They provided insightful feedback that we then developed into real-world solutions to make their jobs easier and their online experience more enjoyable. But we won’t stop now. We intend to foster an ever-growing community where educational opportunities, knowledge sharing and relationships can flourish.”
Additional new and improved features to include:
  • An intuitive dashboard where planners can easily manage RFPs and share lists with colleagues or attendees
  • An inviting environment to develop ideas, ask questions and chat with peers
  • Fresh, relevant content found nowhere else
  • Special group rates and offers exclusive to community members
  • Informative tutorials to acquaint planners with new features 
Benefits for Planners and Providers
Elite Meetings’ online RFP system, SpeedRFP, syncs seamlessly to the site, allowing meeting professionals to request proposals from multiple properties at once—and then store, retrieve and monitor the responses in one convenient location.
Because of the robust search functionality, meeting professionals are able to streamline their RFPs, submitting only to those hotels that best fit their needs. The benefit of that innovation, says Foy, is a reduction in unwanted or unnecessary communication with venues that simply won’t work for that particular event.
Hospitality providers frequently comment on the high quality of RFPs received from, which average just 5.9 hotels per proposal—far below the industry average of nearly 15 hotels per proposal. For planners, the efficiency of the RFP process often results in better response time from hotels.
The more than 2,000 select hotels and resorts on represent hotels certified as either Platinum- or Gold-level by the Elite Meetings Advisory Board (EMAB), a group of 23 industry planners and hospitality professionals. The certification cannot be purchased. Use of is free to planners. For more information, visit, or call 805-730-1000.

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, 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 conference attendees identify synergies, manage appointments and make direct connections with one another; and SpeedRFP™ (, a new time-saving product for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online. For additional information, please visit call 805-730-1000.


Michael Frenkel
(212) 808-6559


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