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IACC Selects SpeedRFP to Facilitate Meeting Online Requests for Proposals

The International Association of Conference Centres has integrated SpeedRFP to its website, IACCOnline.org to facilitate the distribution of online RFPs to IACC member properties around the world. A product of Elite Meetings International, SpeedRFP provides meeting planners an efficient, time-saving tool to solicit bids for group business to multiple venues without having to rekey data. The system enables planners to enter their group’s requirements one time using SpeedRFP’s standardized format, submit that information directly to any IACC-member conference centre and even repurpose the information on other SpeedRFP-enabled sites.

According to Peter Stewart, President of IACC, “We have wanted to increase the quantity and quality of the online RFPs that our members receive, and SpeedRFP is an ideal partner to help us achieve that goal. Their community of nearly 30,000 buyers can now easily submit new, or previously entered RFPs on the IACC website in just a few clicks - without rekeying their information. Thanks to early adoption by Dolce Hotels and Resorts, Destination Hotels & Resorts, Preferred Hotel Group and others, SpeedRFP is a time-tested eRFP system.”

Kelly Foy, Chief Executive Officer of Elite Meetings International Inc., added, “We are very pleased Peter and the IACC team selected SpeedRFP to power their website, and look forward to helping them achieve their objective of sending more high-quality group business opportunities to their member hotels.”

“Our objective in creating SpeedRFP,” Foy said, “is to provide our industry with a standardized format for submitting online RFPs. As the overall community continues to grow, we anticipate many more independent hotels and well-known brands will implement SpeedRFP."

According to Jim Bressler, IACC Marketing Committee Chair and Director of Sales & Marketing at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, SpeedRFP will improve the buying experience for visitors who come to the IACC web site and IACC members will experience increased volume, quality and conversion of RFPs. In addition, member properties will save time and money by being able to keystroke the specifications of each meeting just once and by incorporating RFPs into their existing hotel property management systems.