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01/29/14
Elite Meetings International Partners with European Management Assistants (EUMA) to Facilitate Efficient Sourcing and Booking for Meetings and Events
Santa Barbara, Calif.: January 29, 2014—Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced a partnership with the European Management Assistants (EUMA), a membership organization of management support professionals founded in 1974. The organization supports the career goals of its members through training, conferences with expert speakers, and a quarterly publication, proActive.

The organization's membership consists of groups in 25 countries, including Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

EUMA European Chairman Else-Britt Lundgren expressed excitement about the partnership, saying, "We appreciate that a top-level organization like EMI recognizes the potential of management assistants in the meetings and events segment, and understands the specific needs of these professionals, who juggle many tasks. A definite highlight is that members can work with a short list of hotels, recommended by peers (saving a lot of research time) and can still reach out to the hotels directly. Also the fact that our members can share their experiences to assist others in their event planning tasks is a very positive aspect. EUMA is looking forward to the relationship, and making the event- planning process more efficient for everyone involved."

EMI's senior regional director for Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Alda Egurrola-Wienke, has already participated several EUMA events, and will continue to do so in the future to ensure that EUMA members benefit from EMI's expertise on hotel sourcing. "We feel this partnership has great synergy," explains Egurrola-Wienke. "Our website, EliteMeetings.com, is used extensively by executive assistants in the U.S. who are tasked with planning meetings. Now EUMA's top-tier management assistants can enjoy these tools to save time on sourcing and booking, while having the security of knowing these hotels have been recommended by meeting planning colleagues," she concluded.

The partnership coincides with EUMA's support for the International Year of the Secretary and Assistant (IYOTSA 2014), as well as the organization's fortieth anniversary. EUMA will be supporting IYOTSA 2014 initiative to bring attention to the importance of management assistants to businesses around the world.

About Elite Meetings International, Inc.
Based in Santa Barbara, California, 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. For additional information, please visit www.EliteMeetings.com or call 805-730-1000.

About European Management Assistants (EUMA)
European Management Assistants (EUMA) is an international quality network of management support professionals who focus on their personal development and on the future of their profession. The encouragement of members' individual development and the continued evolution of the management support profession are a few of the Association's aims. For additional information, please visit EUMA.org.