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01/28/13
Vizergy® Builds Strategic Relationship with Elite Meetings International
SpeedRFP Empowers Hoteliers to Grow and Manage Meeting & Event Business; Connects Them to Over 42,000 Group Buyers
Jacksonville, FL (January 28, 2013) — Vizergy, a leading hotel Internet marketing company, has partnered with industry leader Elite Meetings International (EMI) to offer SpeedRFP, the first universal online request for proposal (RFP) system. SpeedRFP's cloud based system gives event planning professionals the ability to transport their meeting, event, or incentive RFPs with a few clicks of the mouse. Hotels using the system will benefit from high-quality, complete leads that save response time for their sales teams. With Vizergy's support, hotels can add SpeedRFP to their sites and become immediately accessible to the 42,000+ buyer members who currently use it to source future events.

"Vizergy works with our clients to understand their needs and property goals in order to help them stay ahead of the competition. Increasing qualified leads is a very important part of strengthening their revenue mix," said Robert Arnold, Vice President of Sales at Vizergy. "SpeedRFP's universal online request for proposal was an ideal fit to help our clients reach and exceed their marketing goals in a more efficient manner. Developing these types of relationships produces the best results for our clients."

Vizergy created the partnership with EMI to help clients increase qualified sales leads from their independent websites. SpeedRFP is the ideal complement to Vizergy's proprietary Hotel Web Management Platform, and exactly what the company needed to enable clients to better focus on the valuable meeting and event segment. The efficiency the RFP provides meeting planners, and the fact that it is free to planners and commission free to hotel partners, make it an ideal fit for Vizergy's aggressive digital marketing offerings.

Kelly Foy, Chief Executive Officer of EMI, had this to say about why hoteliers should use SpeedRFP.

"We listened and responded to the meeting planner community, recognizing that before SpeedRFP, planners were using an inefficient and inconsistent eRFP process when sourcing multiple hotels, destination management organizations and venues. Each property had a different RFP form; each required clients to rekey contact and event data," he explained. "At the same time, we understood that hoteliers were being buried under an avalanche of leads from various online channels. SpeedRFP was designed to remedy both of these factors, providing a more fluid way to submit, manage and respond to eRFPs."

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.

About Vizergy®
Vizergy is an award-winning digital travel marketing company that empowers hoteliers to know more, do more and achieve more — with the ultimate goal of delivering maximum online revenue. The company uses data driven decisions to provide strategic guidance in the evolving world of online marketing. Online marketing services include search engine optimization, pay-per-click and display advertising, local marketing, website and mobile website design and development, reservation software and advanced analytics. Since 1998, Vizergy has propelled thousands of branded and independent hotels, resorts and hotel management companies to success.