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Travel industry expects record employment level in 2014
Archita Datta Majumdar
The U.S. Travel Association recently announced that the industry has made up for 99 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession, compared to the 86 percent of other industries. With an average of 10,000 jobs created per month in 2013, the travel industry is now showing just 5,000 jobs short of its prerecession level of employment. At the pace with which the industry is improving, industry leaders are confident of a new record level of employment by mid-2014. Here's why.
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GSA cancels its training and expo event ... again
Associations Now
After canceling its 2013 event in the wake of its conference spending scandal, the General Services Administration is doing the same for the 2014 expo, citing tight budgets and low expected attendance. The GSA scandal may be fading further into the rearview, but the fallout continues for the organization that sparked the controversy over federal conference spending.
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Hotels use technology to boost security
International Meetings Review
The technological cat-and-mouse game between hotels and criminals has been heating up, reports the New York Times. Smaller and cheaper cameras, smarter key card systems and communication among hotels add up to a more closely watched environment than in the past but criminals are also using new technology to foil security measures and execute scams.
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The top 4 meeting trends of 2014
Successful Meetings
As we collectively embark on this exciting new year, with fresh resolutions and fresh hope, we find ourselves looking ahead and eagerly anticipating what the future holds. While there's no crystal ball for meetings in 2014, there are certainly some emerging trends that will continue to shape the industry. Here's a look at four of these developments, and advice for planners on how they can not only meet, but beat expectations in the year ahead.
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Renovating and creating the '3rd space' to boost business
Archita Datta Majumdar
From restaurants, coffee shops, bars and lounges to megahotel brands, everyone is focused on becoming a comfort zone for clients. It is now important to invest in changes that will increase business figures, in terms of occupancy and revenues, and also strategies that will enhance the reputation as well as strengthen the loyalty program. What better way to do this than by creating a comfortable "third space" that draws clients in time and again, enriches their lives and in the process increases their loyalty for the brand?
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Registration now open for SGMP's 1st-ever Education Day on Feb. 20
SGMP
SGMP Education Day 2014 will occur in the Training Center at SGMP Headquarters in Alexandria, Va., on Feb. 20, 2014. Earn while you learn ... all in one day and all in one place. You can receive up to six approved Contact Hours in a single day on a first-come, first-served basis for the block of morning sessions ($75), for the block of afternoon sessions ($50), or at a discounted rate ($100) for the entire day of educational sessions. Members can register now by logging into the SGMP website and clicking on the "Upcoming Events" link (after clicking on the event you want, click on the "Registration" button).
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Airlines, travel agency groups compromise on personalization plan
Associations Now
After more than a year of conflict, organizations representing travel agencies and online booking firms came to an agreement with a major airline group on a new data-transmission program. It could mean changes to the way you book flights — and to your fare.
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GSA earns energy incentive for Portland federal building
GSA
The Energy Trust of Oregon presented GSA with a $445,000 check for energy-saving improvements the agency incorporated throughout the recently-renovated Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland. The improvements are expected to cut down on energy and water use, saving taxpayer dollars and allowing GSA to further other sustainable projects in the community.
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Register now for first SGMP webinar on Feb. 20
SGMP
"The New Normal: Government Meetings And You In 2014," the first of SGMP's 2014 Webinar Series, will be presented on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern time. SGMP national president Rob Coffman, CGMP, will serve as moderator of an interactive online panel of top-notch industry experts who will predict how the New Normal will continue to affect your job. Education is paramount. Knowledge is power. So, register NOW.
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History through the president's words
The Washington Post
Since 1900, there have been 116 State of the Union addresses, given by 20 presidents, with some presidents giving two addresses a year. Studying their choice of words, over time, provides glimpses of change in American politics — "communism" fades, "terrorism" increases — and evidence that some things never change ("America" comes up steadily, of course. As does "I."). Wayne Fields, a professor of English and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and Mark Liberman, a linguist at the University of Pennsylvania, offered their analysis of the meaning behind the words the presidents used.
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Key federal-employee policies have changed during Obama administration
The Washington Post
In the recent State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama announced no new initiatives directly affecting federal employees. That's not unusual for an annual speech that typically focuses on broad economic, national security and foreign policy themes. But even without such a jump-start, changes commonly are made each year in important aspects of federal employment, including pay, retirement and other benefits and workplace policies.
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