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8 ways a shutdown would damage Homeland Security
The Homeland Security Department will shut down Feb. 27 at midnight without congressional intervention. Although most employees will still report to work, the areas most affected include DHS headquarters, FEMA emergency response and Coast Guard maintenance and operations.
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DoD ready to boost conference attendance overseas
After a period in which international and domestic conferences alike were largely off-limits for many Defense Department employees, a top Pentagon official says the agency is ready to commit more resources to overseas conferences.
Calls grow louder for more effective airline regulation
The Washington Post
The days of a freewheeling, lightly regulated airline industry, in which a carrier can charge whatever fees and fares it pleases, may be nearing an end. A confluence of events is pressuring government regulators to take action that, depending on your point of view, will make air travel less expensive or interfere with a free market, driving ticket prices higher.
Despite winter wallop, shows must go on
Record-breaking snow and subzero temperatures make things tricky for attendees. Yet it's not keeping associations or venues from delivering great events.
Report: Energy Department criticized for conference spending
An Inspector General report, covering more than $21 million in conference spending between April 2013 and September 2014 by the Department of Energy, raised concerns of "negative public perceptions" caused by social events. The Washington Times and The Washington Examiner have covered the story. SGMP believes that wasteful spending is unacceptable but that many government restrictions have needlessly increased taxpayer costs in the long run and have made educating today’s government workforce more challenging and more expensive. When planned and executed correctly, government meetings benefit citizens by making government more effective. Our "CGMP" designation plays a key part of the solution to wasteful spending by demonstrating a commitment to best practices. SGMP's singular mission is to enhance and promote the expertise of government meeting professionals and we will continue to address this report and keep our members informed via our social media outlets.
SGMP offering 2 upcoming CGMP courses
The CGMP course & exam will be offered on March 10-13 at SGMP headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, and as pre-conference programming prior to the 2015 NEC & Expo on Apr 25-28 in Minneapolis. There has been a strong increase in government meeting planners pursuing our CGMP designation. Ten members received the certification after a course earlier this month in Lansing, Michigan. So register now at www.sgmp.org.
Hotel CEOs talk Wi-Fi, Millennials and mobile keys
Travelers don't just want to sleep in hotels anymore. They want to work, eat, drink, socialize or just keep to themselves with their electronic devices there. Hotels are finding new ways to adapt, including experimenting with technology, design and amenities.
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3 ways to make them remember your event long after it is over
By William D. Pawlucy
Why do we have one-time attendees at our events and never see them again? Delivering value goes far beyond just delivering content. We see the trends in virtual and augmented reality that overlay our environment to provide more to the experiences we have in everyday life. Similarly, attendees today want more to enhance their overall experience at your events. Here are some takeaways that will increase the expiration date of your session.
The next generation of hotel Wi-Fi is finally coming on line
There are few things more annoying to travelers than paying for hotel Wi-Fi that only works when and where it wants. The total tonnage of conversation revolving around Wi-Fi cost has traditionally far overshadowed any discussion about quality. So to better understand what's involved in delivering a strong hotel Wi-Fi experience, representatives at two hotels shared information about their newly installed wireless networks.
Travelers choose America's happiest airports
Stroll through shops and enjoy free Wi-Fi in PDX, take a spin on a stationery bike in Philly, and book a spa break in West Palm Beach. These and other top picks have unique attributes that make them a worthwhile place to spend a lengthy layover or travel delay.
5 creative ways to increase meeting attendance
It is important to design your meeting agenda to be as memorable as possible, no matter where it is. Between scheduled conference meetings, group meals and the popular "down time," you may not have many opportunities for extracurricular activities. The ones you do plan need to have true value and you must promote this value ahead of time.
Help restore confidence in our industry: Register for the 2015 NEC & Expo
The 2015 SGMP National Education Conference & Expo (NEC) on April 28-30 in Minneapolis is coming during a crucial time in government meetings. It is crucial for our members to restore confidence in how cost-effective meetings make government more productive. SGMP is your source for the latest in industry best practices, knowledge sharing by experienced professionals and a marketplace which is tailored to the unique work for which we are all responsible. This is your opportunity to sharpen your skills, to expand your expertise and to be a part of the future of government meetings. We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis!
Hosting lesser-known events help Minneapolis secure record year
Minneapolis marked a record-setting year for events in 2014, taking in the most revenue ever at the city-owned convention center and filling hotel rooms across downtown. The city hosted a record 534 meetings and conventions, including some events that captured considerable attention. July's Major League Baseball All-Star Game brought an estimated 46,700 people, while youth and college sports events attracted tens of thousands more.
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