Meeting Facilities: Announces Sweepstakes Offering Meeting Planners Chance to Win $500 AMEX Gift Card for Using Online RFP System

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To Qualify, Submit an Eligible Request for Proposal (RFP) to any Destination on's Vast Network of Destination Marketing Association International–affiliated CVBs by April 15, 2011

In order to earn a chance to win, meeting planners who submit an RFP through's system may additionally complete a form containing their contact information and promo code.

To become eligible, meeting planners must submit a request for proposal (RFP) through, where they can search for meeting facilities and connect with convention & visitors bureaus (CVBs).

Destination Marketing Association International's (DMAI) has announced the chance for a meeting planner to win a $500 American Express gift card. To become eligible, meeting planners must submit a request for proposal (RFP) through, where they can search for meeting facilities and connect with convention & visitors bureaus (CVBs). RFPs must be submitted by April 15, 2011, with at least 10 hotel rooms per night in the request. Only one qualified RFP per meeting is eligible. Meeting planners can go here and complete the form, where they will receive a promo code (shown in the upper right-hand corner of the form) to enter as they complete an RFP, as part of the sweepstakes process.

"The ease-of-use, reach and accuracy of's RFP submittal system are reasons enough for meeting planners to make it their go-to resource for sourcing and booking meeting destinations," said Christine "Shimo" Shimasaki, managing director of "Just one RFP submitted through can be sent to multiple CVBs profiled on"

Becoming eligible for inclusion in's RFP sweepstakes drawing is a straightforward, three-step process. Meeting planners must:

1.    provide their contact information
2.    search for destinations and add them to their cart
3.    submit an RFP with at least 10 room nights by April 15, 2011

Winners will be selected randomly through No purchase is necessary to enter. The giveaway ends at midnight ET Friday, April 15, 2011. Full terms and conditions are available for reading here.

Meeting planners may search and compare CVBs on to identify a venue not only according to the location they intend to target, but also according to several additional criteria, such as exhibit gross square feet, meeting space, peak sleeping rooms, meeting rooms, permanent seating; minimum largest ballroom space; and pertinent characteristics of nearby hotels and airports.

Furthermore, every destination profile on includes up-to-date photos; a link to an article about the destination; a distillation of the top reasons to visit that destination; key information on surrounding airports and hotels; and a link to send an RFP. A page behind every main destination page on lists the key contact information of multiple destination marketing experts associated with the corresponding city or region.

Recently, launched a new blog,, a planner-focused blog of continually updating, guest-contributed blog content from meeting planners and CVBs' destination experts alike. joins's growing online footprint, which at every turn facilitates the job of meeting planners, who may join's LinkedIn group, DMAI’s Network for CVBs and Meeting Professionals; follow on Twitter @CVBconnect; and view informational and educational meeting planning videos at CVB Connect,'s YouTube channel.

Additionally, every month empoweringNews informs meeting and event planners of the latest destination news at convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) across the U.S. Those who subscribe to "empoweringNews" learn of the latest special offers from the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), receiving word first on the best hotel deals, important renovations or construction of major conference venues, and any other news pertinent to their profession. Meeting planners may complete free registration at Doing so automatically adds them to the list of empoweringNews recipients. Additionally, they may create a profile and access their meetings' post-event reports, serviced by's member CVBs.

More than 100 official destination marketing organizations (also called DMOs or CVBs) have collaborated to create, the industry's first collective portal of meeting destinations and the largest repository of post-event reports. Powered by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), is the fastest and easiest way for meeting professionals to send a request for proposal (RFP) to one or multiple destinations and connect directly with a local destination expert who can help planners save time and money, offer unbiased destination expertise and provide qualified lead distribution, all for free.

In addition, to simplifying the search for destinations based on the planners' requirements, allows access to the planners' post-event report, through the planners' profile. DMAI is advocating for accurate and complete histories since this data plays an important role in business qualification and negotiations for DMOs, hotels and planners.

Anyone interested in learning more about may contact Christine "Shimo" Shimasaki, managing director of, available at 858-935-9179 or shimo AT destinationmarketing DOT org.


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