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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
SANTA BARBARA, CA – February 10, 2010 – Elite Meetings International (EMI) held its inaugural Offshore Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA) at The Royal Hawaiian hotel in Honolulu, January 24 through 26. Dozens of meeting professionals and hotel sales professionals from as far away as Mexico and the Caribbean converged on the event to build business and share best practices, as these regions, among the hardest hit by the recent economic downturn, enter the new decade.

Tina Canderle from The Westin Maui Resort & Spa commented that the Offshore EMA was a great experience and would highly recommend it to other hoteliers, while Lynne Norris of BCD Travel at Caridian BCT said “The EMA consistently produces as exceptional event to provide meeting planning professionals with experiences and interactions with prominent industry suppliers to gain knowledge and build valuable relationships for future business opportunities.”

“We were thrilled at the turnout at this first Offshore EMA, and thank The Royal Hawaiian for their wonderful hospitality” said Kelly Foy, EMI’s Chief Executive Officer. He concluded, “We are pleased that the EMA formula, so successful in bringing together buyers and suppliers since 2006, has now taken root outside the continental United States – and we look forward to making the Offshore EMA a regular annual event.”

Highlights of the Offshore EMA included one-on-one appointments that were pre-scheduled using EMI’s proprietary FaceTime Appointment Scheduler – also being used to drive attendance at the upcoming MeetDifferent conference in Cancun; an Industry Roundtable to encourage planners and hoteliers to openly discuss the latest industry topics; and community-based educational activities to help attendees give back to the community and learn more about the indigenous Hawaii environment and culture.

The Spring 2010 EMA will be held at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, May 16-18, 2010, followed by the Fall EMA hosted by the Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, Virginia, October 3-5, 2010. More information can be found at

About Elite Meetings International, Inc.
Based in Santa Barbara, Elite Meetings International, Inc. (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 FaceTimeTM, a widely used program for helping buyers and sellers – across any industry – identify synergies, manage appointments and make direct connections with one another; and SpeedRFPTM (, a new time-saving product for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online. For additional information, please visit or call 805-730-1000.