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10/11/16
Cvent’s September Elite Meetings Alliance Shines with High-Quality Appointments in Intimate Setting
Mexico’s Paradisus Playa del Carmen Resort Excels at Hosting Industry Event
Santa Barbara, Calif., - October 11, 2016—Elite Meetings International (EMI) by Cvent, a leading provider of integrated solutions to enhance the performance of meeting and hospitality professionals, held another successful Elite Meetings Alliance, its second in Mexico. The event, held at Paradisus Playa del Carmen Resort, September 25-27, 2016, included 765 one-on-one appointments, continuing education sessions eligible for Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credits, and numerous networking events.

Highlights from the event began with a kick-off reception at the Moët & Chandon Gardens, where planners indulged in Champagne, nitrogen marshmallows, and passed hors d’oeuvres of crocodile and lobster. Planners received a back-of-house tour of the housekeeping area, employee cafeteria, and restaurant kitchens—accompanied by an opera-singing tenor disguised as a chef.

"We could not have asked for better hosts," said EMI General Manager Kelly Foy. "They absolutely wowed our guests with five-star service from a staff as attentive as any we’ve ever seen. Meeting planners commented on everything from the exceptional room product to the excellent food and beverage options that catered to everyone, regardless of dietary needs. I’m confident they will return with a great deal of business for Paradisus Playa del Carmen as a result of their experience at the EMA."

Daniel Lozano, managing director of Paradisus Playa del Carmen and Elite Meetings Advisory Board member said, "Having the opportunity to host an EMA outside the US was a great opportunity. Buyers and suppliers alike have praised the quality of our hotel and the EMA experience overall. We value the trust that Elite Meetings by Cvent had in our brand."

The variety of educational sessions ranged from technology sessions with Cvent experts to the benefits of integrating corporate social responsibility into meetings, led by Meredith Martini. On Monday morning, a breakfast with keynote speaker Freddie Ravel offered a mini-concert of sorts. Larissa Shultz followed with a powerful session entitled "Six Degrees of What I Need," which planners said resonated on both a business and personal level. That night, following a full day of successful one-on-one appointments between meeting planners and hoteliers, the group gathered for a fiesta on Gabi Beach. On Tuesday, many participants joined in the scheduled CSR activity and prepared bags with donated white boards, crayons and coloring books, puzzles, and other supplies to a local school.

Many other contributors added to the event’s success, including EPIC DMC, BookPal, PCNameTag, Boundless, Maui Jim, Playworks, JSAV, and Andrew Shafer Visuals. 

The next and final EMA of 2016 will take place November 6–8 at the new Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif.


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About Elite Meetings Alliance
The EMA is a three-day, invitation-only event that brings together prequalified corporate and association planners with leaders in the luxury hotel industry to cultivate relationships and build business. It centers on private, personalized business development meetings, continuing education breakout sessions for CMP credit, and unique networking activities.

About Elite Meetings International
Based in Santa Barbara, California, Elite Meetings International (EMI), a subsidiary of Cvent, provides integrated solutions to enhance the performance of meeting and hospitality professionals. EMI supports this community through a combination of innovative technologies, direct sales support, customized marketing programs, face-to-face business-building events, and an annual publication, Elite Meetings magazine. 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 also include SpeedRFP™ (www.SpeedRFP.com), a time-saving product for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online. For additional information, please visit www.EliteMeetings.com or call 805-730-1000.

About Cvent
Cvent, Inc. (NYSE: CVT) is a leading cloud-based enterprise event management company, with more than 15,800 customers worldwide. Cvent offers software solutions to event planners for online event registration, venue selection, event management, mobile apps for events, email marketing, and web surveys. Cvent provides hoteliers with an integrated platform, enabling properties to increase group business demand through targeted advertising and improve conversion through proprietary demand management and business intelligence solutions. Cvent solutions optimize the entire event management value chain and have enabled clients around the world to manage hundreds of thousands of meetings and events. For more information, please visit www.cvent.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.