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01/24/13
Elite Meetings International Announces Hotel Lineup for Next Four Elite Meetings Alliances
Hotel del Coronado; Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa; The Ritz-Carlton, Naples; and Bacara Resort & Spa selected for the next four invitation-only events
Santa Barbara, CA: January 2013 —Elite Meetings International today announced the three sites for its upcoming 2013 Elite Meetings Alliances (EMA), as well as the first host hotel for 2014. All hotels were selected from Elite's certified Platinum Collection with dates chosen for the convenience of attendees.

The upcoming Elite Meetings Alliance properties, locations and dates are:

  • Hotel del Coronado; Coronado (San Diego), Calif.; April 7 - 9, 2013

  • Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa; Beaver Creek, Colo.; August 18 - 20, 2013

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Naples; Naples, Fla.; November 10 - 12, 2013


And, in 2014:

  • Bacara Resort & Spa; Santa Barbara, Calif; January 26 - 28, 2014


"This is the best lineup of hotels we've ever had in a calendar year," said Elite Meetings International CEO Kelly Foy, adding, "We could not be more excited. And with Bacara Resort & Spa in the lineup, we're set to kick off 2014 in fantastic fashion as well."

Host hotels are selected based on a number of factors, but first and foremost, they must rank among the best in delivering a spectacular group experience. The event at the Hotel del Coronado corresponds with their yearlong 125th anniversary celebration. One of the most recognized icons in the industry, The Del is excited to show off its many assets for meetings. At the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, EMA attendees will experience an ideal Rocky Mountain setting paired with top-notch service. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is the top group hotel in the Ritz-Carlton brand for a reason—they know how to deliver the best meeting possible. Santa Barbara's beautiful Bacara Resort & Spa, now under new ownership, provides a sensational group experience in a luxury hotel setting that has earned a reputation as the hideaway of Hollywood stars.

"Host hotels play an integral role in each Elite Meetings Alliance," says Foy. "We specifically chose these properties because each one consistently exceeds expectations. After that," he adds, "it's up to us to deliver useful content and plenty of opportunities for planners and hoteliers to interact—through networking and team-building events, as well as in prescheduled one-on-one appointments."

Education eligible for CMP credits and fun networking opportunities round out EMA agendas that center on serious business discussions. Each invitation-only event brings together roughly 200 of the industry's top corporate buyers, hotel suppliers, sponsors and speakers. All attending hotels must be certified as Gold or Platinum by the Elite Meetings Advisory Board, and qualifications for buyers include a booking history of and future need for above-average room rates and spending for food and beverage.

Registration for the April 2013 Elite Meetings Alliance at Hotel del Coronado is now open at www.EliteMeetingsAlliance.com.

About Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA)
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, Elite Meetings International (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, www.EliteMeetings.com serves as a comprehensive and commission-free tool for sourcing luxury, upper-upscale, and upscale properties. EMI's software products include SpeedRFP™ Universal RFP System for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online (www.SpeedRFP.com), and FaceTim™ Appointment Scheduler which helps conference attendees identify synergies, manage appointments, and make direct connections with one another (www.FaceTimeScheduler.com). For additional information, please visit www.EliteMeetings.com or call 805-730-1000.

For more information on the EMA, email EMATeam@EliteMeetings.com, or call 805-879-4485.