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11/08/12
WeddingLocation.com Selects SpeedRFP™ to Facilitate Wedding and Special Event Leads
Integration Provides Cutting-Edge Request for Proposal System to thousands of engaged couples planning their 2013 wedding
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Nov, 8, 2012 &mdash Elite Meetings International (EMI) and Beverly Clark Enterprises (BCE) announced today that they have fully implemented EMI's cutting-edge SpeedRFP™ technology on www.WeddingLocation.com, to facilitate all online requests for wedding and special event proposals.

A product of Elite Meetings International, SpeedRFP provides meeting, wedding and special event planners with an efficient, time-saving RFP management tool to solicit bids for group business to multiple venues — without having to rekey data. This latest integration is EMI's first major foray into the weddings and special events market. The system enables brides, grooms, and wedding and special event planners to enter their event requirements just one time using SpeedRFP's standardized format, submit that information directly to any wedding or event venue on www.WeddingLocation.com, and manage all responses in one place.

"This is the tool we've been looking for since we launched www.WeddingLocation.com," said Jay Klanfer, President of BCE. "Our website users have never had an efficient way to request and receive proposals, and with this new system, we are providing them with an easy way to manage their communication with every hotel, resort and venue we have listed."

Since SpeedRFP entered the wedding and special event market back in February this year, the system has generated over 700,000 room nights in wedding leads to hotels with an average room rate of $225 per night. When adding food and beverage expenses, plus space rental, SpeedRFP is influencing more than $300,000,000 in potential revenue.

"We decided to expand SpeedRFP's functionality to include weddings and special events earlier this year because it was clear there was no solution available for this multibillion-dollar market. We're extremely pleased by the popularity of the system on both sides of this business, and integrating with WeddingLocation.com is our first of many wedding-focused integrations for this flexible system," said Kelly Foy, CEO of Elite Meetings International.

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About www.WeddingLocation.com
WeddingLocation.com has been connecting brides to event venues for 13 years. In a crowded marketplace, WeddingLocation.com is the only portal 100% dedicated to venue selection. There are an estimated 1.2 million weddings every year of which 20% are destination weddings. The bridal market has proved highly resilient to fluctuations in the economy making it a forecastable, steady revenue stream for the smart hoteliers who target the segment.

About SpeedRFP™
SpeedRFP is a cutting-edge product for creating, submitting and tracking Requests For Proposals (RFPs) online. SpeedRFP recently surpassed the 35,000-user mark, and is rapidly generating RFPs for meeting planners and hotels in the U.S. and internationally. SpeedRFP is a plug and play RFP technology that any hotel/conference center/destination can easily add to their existing website, and it is free to meeting professionals. More information is available at www.SpeedRFP.com.

About Elite Meetings International
Based in Santa Barbara, Elite Meetings International (EMI) provides free, time-saving tools for planners and integrated marketing solutions to suppliers that enhance the connection 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, www.EliteMeetings.com serves as a comprehensive vehicle for sourcing luxury, upper-upscale and upscale properties. EMI's innovations include FaceTime™ Appointment Scheduler (www.FaceTimeScheduler.com) a sought-after program for helping conference attendees identify synergies, manage appointments and make direct connections with one another; and SpeedRFP™ (www.SpeedRFP.com), a new time-saving product for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online. For additional information, please visit www.EliteMeetings.com or call 805-730-1000.