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12/11/12
Elite Meetings International Announces Elite Star Planner Program
Program designed to recognize planners based on the thoroughness and quality of their electronic Request For Proposal (eRFP) data, resulting in quicker responses from hotels.
Santa Barbara, Calif.: December 11, 2012—Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced today the launch of the Elite Star Planner Program. This program recognizes planners from Elite Meetings' 38,000-strong planner community who use EMI's EliteMeetings.com and SpeedRFP as researching and sourcing tools, providing thorough information in their RFPs, referring these solutions to peers, limiting distribution to only hotels that meet their group's requirements, and most importantly, for booking business with Elite Certified hotels. The program is simple. Planners who are active members of the Elite Meetings community can qualify as a Elite Star Planner if they:
  • Use EliteMeetings.com's cloud-based form, SpeedRFP, to submit RFPs to hotels
  • Build RFPs that contain complete event details
  • Send RFPs only to hotels that meet the program's specific criteria
  • Award business to Elite Certified hotels
  • Refer other meeting professionals to EliteMeetings.com and SpeedRFP
Hotels will benefit greatly by being able to identify—and prioritize—eRFPs from Elite Star Planners. The leads, clearly identified as high-quality leads, will gain top attention and result in quicker response by EMI's partner recipient hotels. The long-term benefit of the Elite Star Planner Program will be the reduction in lead spam.

"When meeting planners know their RFPs are being graded on quality, they make the extra effort to provide complete information and limit them to the most relevant hotels," says Kelly Foy, chief executive officer of EMI. "Hotels will be able to recognize the high-quality leads, and planners will receive faster responses. Everybody wins."

Elite Meetings International will be launching the Elite Star Planner Program in January 2013. You can read more about the program here.

About Elite Meetings International
Based in Santa Barbara, California, 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 hotel rating and review portal specifically for meeting planners, and 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.