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03/21/17
First Cvent Elite Meetings Alliance of 2017 Shines in Puerto Rico
The Condado Vanderbilt Hotel Earns High Marks as the Event Venue
Tysons Corner, Va.—March 2017—The first Cvent Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA) ever held in Puerto Rico received high praise for its collaborative atmosphere at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan. The three-day event, which took place February 26 through March 1, was hosted by Elite Meetings International (EMI), a subsidiary of Cvent.

The 140 attendees included meeting planners and luxury hotel representatives from around North America and Latin America. The event kicked off for planners with a special Oscar-viewing reception on the evening of February 26. All attendees were officially welcomed at the event kick-off on February 27, which led into an education session by Lauren Caselli entitled "Making Event Industry Alliances: The New Rules of Networking." A tour of the hotel, which included insights into its storied past and recent renovation, plus one-on-one appointments and evening networking and dinner concluded the opening day. Day Two began with a keynote address from Kelly McDonald followed by a learning session from Jessie States of Meeting Professionals International, a new program partner for EMI. Afternoon one-on-one appointments, a tour of Old San Juan, and an evening off-site event and after party presented robust opportunities for business and networking. In all, some 800 scheduled appointments and numerous informal meetings took place.



Day Three began with a closing breakfast, followed by a beach clean-up and restoration activity arranged by Castillo Tours that gave attendees a chance to give back to the local community.

"Everything from the helpful staff to the Condado Vanderbilt’s blend of modern luxury and historic ambience contributed to a cohesive, inviting setting for business," says Kathleen Garcia, Cvent’s Vice President of Sales, Hospitality Cloud. "We could not have asked for better hosts. Their hospitality, together with the hotel’s inviting ambience, created an environment where buyers and suppliers were excited to do business."

Bonaventure Resort & Spa’s Senior Sales Manager Vera Shapiro echoed the assessment, saying, "The meeting was the perfect size, and the ratio gave us more time to connect. The hotel was just lovely and the hospitality I received by the staff was so attentive. I left with such a great impression of Puerto Rico."

Cvent has two additional Cvent EMA events slated for 2017. The next one will take place September 16 - 19 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The final EMA of the year will be held December 9 – 12 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida.



About Elite Meetings International by Cvent:
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. is a leading cloud-based enterprise event management company, with approximately 16,000 customers and 2,000 employees 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.