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Hotel lobbies boast new designs and amenities to encourage guests to hang out
The Washington Post
Hotels are taking a page out of everything from frat houses to wine bars and art museums to transform their lobbies into destinations designed to attract both guests and non-guests for extended periods of time. Over the past few years, Marriott, for instance, has been rolling out its "Greatroom lobby" concept.
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Register now for SGMP webinar on April 3
SGMP
"What You Don't Know About 'System Award Management (SAM),'" the second of SGMP's 2014 Webinar Series, will be presented on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern time. Beau Barnett of Stafford Consulting Company will share with you expert knowledge of what you didn't know and what you need to know about this critical federal system. Education is paramount. Knowledge is power. Register NOW.
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So, when should you book that flight, anyway?
Associations Now
Here's a scenario that might sound familiar: That conference of yours is creeping up on you, and you haven't booked travel yet. Suddenly, you're on the hook for some big charges. How can you make sure this scenario never happens again? Consider these tips from travel professionals to make booking your next trip a bit less painful.
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Federal agencies save billions on travel
GSA
At a time when every agency is feeling the effect of tightening budgets, GSA is helping our federal partners cut their travel costs through our travel programs like SmartPay, City Pairs, FedRooms and our per diem reimbursement rates for official travel. Since the beginning of 2013, federal agencies have already lowered their travel spending by approximately $2 billion, and the federal government is bringing travel costs down to 30 percent below 2010 levels in response to the May 2012 Office of Management and Budget directive on efficient spending.
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Less is beautiful when it comes to meetings
Meetings Net
Meeting managers like to hold tight control over everything to do with their events. And they want to shoehorn in every possible speaker, topic, giveaway and networking opportunity they can think of so every attendee finds something of interest. After all, it is only logical to think that if some choice is good, more is better. Yet research by psychologist Barry Schwartz finds that this just isn't true. Here are three principles you can apply to streamline your meetings so you provide more by doing less.
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How Airbnb and Yelp are changing hotel marketing
Ad Week
As the lodging industry grapples with Airbnb, TripAdvisor and other locally oriented services, major hotel brands are increasingly taking a back seat to the surrounding neighborhoods. About half of travelers want to explore the local area while on a business trip, according to a 2013 survey released by Millward Brown. For business travelers, "discovery" now ranks higher than "escape" or "indulgence," per the survey.
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Poll: Half the federal workforce says they might leave government
Government Executive
Fifty percent of federal employees are mulling a career switch, according to a small, online poll. The reasons, not surprisingly, include frustration over the three-year pay freeze, political attacks on the government workforce and an expectation of higher salaries in the private sector. The PulsePoll survey of 370 civilian and defense agency employees by Market Connections Inc. and FierceGovernmentIt also documented concern about a "brain drain" of experienced employees that could crimp effective pursuit of agency missions.
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Training for the storm
Successful Meetings
First it was the U.S. debt ceiling talks. Then it was the ObamaCare rollout debacle. Then it was the nail-biting, end-of-the-year budget debates. Not to mention a government shutdown, a confusing economic outlook and widespread global unrest. There's no doubt about it: The business community has seen its fair share of turbulence lately. And thanks to this prolonged political and economic instability, a cloud of uncertainty has been permeating the financial and insurance industries.
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Exclusive meetings survey: Numbers game
Meetings Net
With attendees waiting longer to book their convention hotel stays, association and convention meeting managers need creative ways to ensure room blocks get filled. Making those blocks smaller has been the cautious planner's option since the recession. But why not try a new incentive for keeping attendees in the block?
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SGMP offering Supplier Special membership promotion
SGMP
SGMP is still offering its Supplier Special membership promotion. This promotion provides for an alternative way to the standard Supplier membership procedure. Under this program, a supplier may join the national association without a planner match by being placed in the "At Large" chapter instead of a local chapter. Once a qualified match is approved, that supplier member will then also become a member of their requested local chapter.
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Obama proposing 1 percent pay raise for federal workers in next budget
Bloomberg
President Barack Obama will propose a 1 percent pay increase for federal civilian workers and military personnel in the fiscal 2015 budget set for release on March 4, the administration said in a statement. The raise would cover about 2.1 million federal employees. Obama put a 1 percent increase for civilian employees in his 2014 budget after a three-year freeze. Military pay has increased each year.
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5 myths about introverts and extroverts at work
Government Executive
Thanks to Susan Cain's life-altering book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, the stigma of introversion is evaporating. People recognize that it comes with strengths, not only vulnerabilities. While people may be more open about being introverts, they cling to assumptions that don't stand up to the test of rigorous evidence. It's time to debunk five myths.
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