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51 of its Domestic, International, and Extended Stay Hotels Implementing SpeedRFP

Santa Barbara, Calif.: February 24, 2014 - Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced today that its cloud-based, request-for-proposal (RFP) system, SpeedRFP, has been selected by the Sonesta Collection to power the electronic RFP process for its brand and for 51 of its top properties for groups. 

The Sonesta Collection joins some of the world's most recognized brands and independent hotels currently utilizing SpeedRFP technology to power their websites' electronic RFP processes for meetings, incentives, special events and weddings. By adopting the system, the Sonesta Collection will raise its visibility among SpeedRFP's more than 90,000 buyer members, while allowing first-time users to efficiently submit and manage RFPs in just a few clicks. In the past 12 months alone, SpeedRFP was used to submit more than 53,000 unique RFPs. 

Along with powering the Sonesta.com brand portal, SpeedRFP will be utilized for 51 individual Sonesta websites, ranging from such full-service domestic hotels as the Royal Sonesta New Orleans and Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island to extended stay all-suite hotels throughout the U.S., and international properties located in Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Egypt, Panama, Peru, and St. Maarten.

"We are very happy that the Sonesta Collection selected SpeedRFP to power the Sonesta.com portal," said Kelly Foy, CEO of EMI. "Planners who are ready to submit eRFPs for their incentive groups and meetings will have an intuitive, seamless experience when requesting and managing proposals from Sonesta properties located in the U.S. and abroad."

"At Sonesta we were looking for an eRFP tool that was intuitive to the end-user and would help our customers get their RFPs to us more efficiently and effectively. What we have with SpeedRFP is all of that, plus coveted access to planners using the SpeedRFP Network. The exposure for our brand in partnership with Elite has already resulted in an increase of high-quality group leads for Sonesta," said Carol Bullock, VP of Sales." 

Along with Sonesta's corporate and individual sites, SpeedRFP can currently be found on hundreds of individual hotel sites, including: Atlantis, Paradise Island; Bacara Resort & Spa; Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort; Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas; InterContinental Dallas; Kingsmill Resort & Spa; and Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. 

To see SpeedRFP in action, visit http://www.sonesta.com/corporate/index.cfm?fa=meetings.home 

About the Sonesta Collection

Discover Sonesta Hotels & Resorts in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Hilton Head Island, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Sint Maarten (2), Panama, Chile (3), Colombia (4), Ecuador, Peru (7), and Egypt (13). Sonesta ES Suites is a new extended stay hotel brand managed by Sonesta. Each property features rooms with a dynamic work area designed for today's traveler, locally inspired food and beverage and flexible common space for connecting with others. You will find Sonesta ES Suites in Andover MA, Atlanta GA, Auburn Hills MI, Burlington MA, Charlotte NC, Columbia MD, Dublin OH, Flagstaff AZ, Houston TX, Orlando FL, Parsippany NJ, Princeton NJ, Malvern PA, Myrtle Beach SC, St. Louis MO, Schaumburg IL and Somerset NJ. For more about the Sonesta Collection, visit Sonesta.com or call +1.617.315.9100 or 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada.

About SpeedRFP

SpeedRFP is the fastest, most efficient cloud-based electronic RFP management system for facilitating group business. The system, which is free for planners, recently surpassed the 90,000-user mark and grows, on average, by 150 users each day. Hotels, conference centers, and destination websites easily plug SpeedRFP into their websites to unify, simplify and expedite proposals for group business. For more information, please visit http://www.SpeedRFP.com, or call 805.879.4479.

About Elite Meetings International

Based in Santa Barbara, Calif., 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 FaceTime™ 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.

Contact: Karen Cahill, COO

kcahill@elitemeetings.com / (805) 730-1000

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