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SGMP bestows special honor upon George Washington
SGMP
As we observe this week's federal holiday for Washington's birthday, SGMP honors George Washington — America's first famous meeting planner — by bestowing upon him the high privilege and distinct honor of serving as the official spokesperson of the SGMP 2015 NEC & Expo! Registration is open now at www.sgmp.org.
  1. Ladies and gentlemen, take a moment to meet GEORGE! at sgmp.org.
  2. SGMP members and leaders, please share the link to this announcement with other meeting professionals via your favorite social media outlets — including chapter channels and announcements. (Include #sgmpgeorge on Twitter.)
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OMB allows 'mission critical' exemptions for federal conference spending
Associations Now
In an update to its 2012 guidance restricting federal conference spending, the Office of Management and Budget said that agencies can ask for more money to send employees to face-to-face meetings in "mission-critical" situations.
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The miracle of Minneapolis
The Atlantic
Among residents under 35, the Twin Cities place in the top 10 for highest college-graduation rate, highest median earnings and lowest poverty rate, according to the most recent census figures. No other place mixes affordability, opportunity and wealth so well. What's its secret?
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Location, location, location: Destination drives conference attendance
Associations Now
A new study shows that a destination factors heavily into an attendee's decision to go to a meeting — and cities are stepping up their game to woo attendees. According to a recent report, 82 percent of the more than 7,000 current and potential meeting attendees surveyed said that the destination definitely factors into their decision to go to a meeting.
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Chefs' surprising secrets for saving money on food and beverage
Meetings Net
Planners commonly offer the per-person price they want to spend for each meal. If you can share your day's food and beverage budget as a whole, along with what you're trying to accomplish for your attendees, your chef has room to meet your financial and experiential goals more creatively. For example, plentiful, seasonal, local fruit may allow a hotel to punch up your breakfast offerings inexpensively, so that some of what you would have spent there can be shifted to dinner, where you really want to impress attendees.
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2015 SGMP award nominations and applications now available
SGMP
The Sam Gilmer Award is the highest distinction presented by SGMP and nominations are now being accepted. It is awarded in recognition of the planner and supplier member whose service to SGMP over a period of time (not just the current year), and especially at the national level, has significantly contributed to the Society's growth and development. In addition, every chapter is encouraged to apply for the Programming of the Year Award and the Communications of the Year Award. The nomination forms and applications are available now on the 2015 NEC & Expo page of the SGMP website. The deadline for all nominations and applications is 5 p.m. EST, March 13, and the winners will be announced in Minneapolis.
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Please address me as Mister; I insist
The Washington Post
The President of the United States should have brushed up on his protocol before his recent meeting with the Chancellor of Germany. Why are titles important, even for our top leader?
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Craft Bar and Lounge now open at the Minneapolis Convention Center
Travel Daily News
Craft Bar and Lounge is now open at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and will be utilized during the opening reception at SGMP's National Education Conference in April. The venue is a collaboration between the Minneapolis Convention Center, Kelber Catering, Meet Minneapolis and the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. Located on the balcony of the new Minneapolis Visitor Information Center in the lobby of the convention center, Craft Bar and Lounge offers meeting planners and attendees an opportunity to connect over a selection of Minnesota brews in a relaxed and sociable environment.
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How to book a hotel room through Instagram
USA Today
Conrad Hotels and Resorts, whose parent company is Hilton Worldwide, is now allowing travelers to book rooms at its 24 hotels by clicking on an Instagram photo of a property that then leads them to the reservations page. The move is aimed at millennial travelers, who are active Instagram users.
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The top 10 airline etiquette tips
Successful Meetings
"It seems more people today aren't traveling with their manners," says Jacqueline Whitmore, an etiquette expert and former flight attendant. Perhaps it's no surprise, given the long lines, small seats and general unpleasantness of air travel that passengers often forget to be on their best behavior. Try to be a more courteous traveler by following Whitmore's top 10 airline etiquette tips.
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