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4 benefits of cloud computing for business travelers
Nadine Miller
Taking the lead on trade show exhibits and event planning can leave management personnel spending more time on the road than in the office. Travel is an essential part of the job. How can anyone stay on top of a busy travel schedule, manage a booth, make thousands of contacts and stay on target for company goals? Using cloud collaboration tools makes things much easier and provides more agility. Here are just a few of the ways in which migrating to a truly virtual office can make the travel lifestyle easier for the sophisticated professional.
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Highly effective Wi-Fi — 2014 top 10 meeting trends
Hotel News Resource
"With 33 years of history and experience delivering exceptional meetings, we are honored to share our 2014 meeting trend insights with the industry," said Alex Cabañas, president and CEO of Benchmark Hospitality International. "The good news is ... there's good news! Booking pace is very strong and the economic hangover is mostly worn off, and companies are spending again on training and development. We look forward to 2014 and beyond." With that said, here are their top 10 meeting trends for 2014.
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Society of Government Meeting Professionals plans PR campaign
Successful Meetings
"Education will always be the focus of SGMP," SGMP President Rob Coffman said in a statement. "But a key part of our transformative efforts is the development of an outreach and communications plan that expands beyond the internal audiences of our own members and market niche by regularly communicating to key external audiences about the critical role our members play in ensuring the cost-effectiveness of their meetings."
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Study finds 'mixed messages' for meeting planners
International Meetings Review
PKF Hospitality Research recently published the results of its annual survey of meeting planners, which revealed "mixed messages" for the industry. Notably, the survey found that the U.S. meetings market has lagged in its recovery from the 2008/2009 recession that affected many industries, including hospitality. While transient demand started to grow during the latter part of 2009, it wasn't until 2011 that significant gains were seen in group room nights.
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5 tips for hiring federal contractors
Government Executive
The process of hiring a government consultant/contractor isn't easy, and most federal leaders and managers have to do it at some point in their career. Maybe they can't get hiring authority to bring in new people. Maybe they need to jump start a new project or program with skills that aren’t available inside their office or agency. It's a big decision, and many managers, especially those doing it for the first time, are uncertain about how to move forward. Here are five tips to help make federal leaders more educated buyers.
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SGMP now accepting nominations for the 2014 Sam Gilmer Award
SGMP
The Sam Gilmer Award is the highest distinction presented by SGMP. 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. The deadline for a completed planner award nomination form or supplier award nomination form is Friday, March 28, 2014, at 5 p.m. Eastern time. Section 4 of that form provides details of the nomination and selection processes. If you have any questions, contact SGMP's executive director and CEO at rob.bergeron@sgmp.org.
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GSA offers cash for ideas to reduce federal travel costs
Federal News Radio
The General Services Administration is offering $35,000 to the winner of a competition to improve how the government mines and takes advantage of federal travel data. GSA posted a competition to the Challenge.gov platform Feb. 14 asking for a technology-based approach to identify ways for the agency to reduce travel costs. Once it's proved at GSA, the developer must be able to provide it to all other agencies.
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Keeping cool during chaos
Associations Now
If the unexpected is threatening your attendees' conference experience, keep calm and carry on. Here are tips on how to take the heat when events go haywire.
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Register now for upcoming 'CGMP' courses in Virginia and Oregon
SGMP
The Certified Government Meeting Professional designation (CGMP) is the highest designation available that is specifically for government meeting professionals. Scheduled course at this time include March 12-15 in Alexandria, Va. and May 3-6 in Portland, Ore. Our website always features the most accurate and updated list of upcoming courses across the country.
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CIC celebrates Hall of Leaders Recognition Pavilion with ribbon cutting ceremony
CIC
The Convention Industry Council celebrated the new Hall of Leaders Recognition Pavilion at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception. CIC spent a full year redesigning the exhibit and building a website incorporated into it. SGMP was proud to be represented at this event; Society founder Samuel O. Gilmer was inducted in 1997.
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What a trip: On her own in Bend, Ore., and loving it
The Washington Post
"After a February business trip to Portland, I thought, 'Why not see what else there is to do in Oregon?' So I set off driving across the Cascades via the scenic Mount Hood pass to the city of Bend, often called the 'outdoor playground' of the West," writes Patti Morrow of Greenville, S.C.
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Where the presidents stay: 13 hotels good enough for POTUS
Yahoo
The commander-in-chief checks in and out of rooms across the globe, but only a few stateside properties have made the White House staff repeat customers. Check out these 13 hotels fit for a president.
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