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A tier pricing strategy for hotel Wi-Fi
Linchi Kwok
When was the last time you made a hotel reservation? Did you look at how much a hotel charged for Wi-Fi? I did. In fact, it turned out a hotel's pricing strategy on Wi-Fi had become the determining factor for my decision on a future hotel stay. I was recently planning a trip to Hong Kong for The 2014 Global Tourism and Hospitality Conference and Asia Tourism Forum. I reviewed three hotels that were nearby the conference venue. They were all upper-upscale hotels that looked alike in pictures. They also offered similar conference rates during my stay. It seemed like I had a difficult choice to make, that is until I saw their pricing structures for the Wi-Fi service.
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Travel by bus gives other modes run for the money
USA Today
Buses are starting to give airlines, trains and even cars a run for their money. With spiffed up coaches, internet reservations and often significantly cheaper fares, bus travel is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to flying, taking the train and even driving your own car, according to a recent study.
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Quiz: Some surprising facts about the federal gender pay gap
Government Executive
A lot has changed for women in the federal workforce since 1992. What are some surprising facts about pay disparity between the sexes in the federal government? Take the quiz to find out.
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Meetings and the future of face-to-face interaction: A generational perspective
Successful Meetings
The meetings industry will soon fall into millennials' sphere of influence and decision making authority. Here is an interesting piece on how leaders of the meetings industry can engage the power of generational mentorship like Steve Jobs did. Although he was a technology guru, he consistently demonstrated the power of face-to-face interactions and thereby facilitated the phenomenon of intergenerational continuity.
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CEIR study: Education is No. 1 reason execs attend shows
Expo
More than anything else, your highest-level attendees are at your show to take advantage of educational opportunities, according a recent study on attendee preferences conducted by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. The same goes for attendees at all levels, across every industry — but that's about the only thing attendees with different job titles seem to agree on.
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Hotel marketing apathy: The hidden cost of doing nothing
Hospitality Net
Nothing can kill a hotel faster than a resistance to change and improvement. Some hotel marketers are afraid of what might happen if they try something new. Will they alienate their existing hotel guests and clients? Will another hotel do it better? How much more work will this mean for their staff? While no one has all the answers, it's actually hesitation that can be most fatal to the bottom line.
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Register now for SGMP Webinar on June 12 — 'Smart Meetings Management: How Today's Government Event Planners Succeed'
SGMP
Join James Brixius from Cvent and Amanda Yates, CGMP, from the U.S. Department of Education to learn different ways to maintain compliance with meeting policies and expectations, how to manage communication campaigns and facilitate registrations and effective ways to analyze events to demonstrate ROI for your event. Education is paramount. Knowledge is power. Register now.
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Coffee affects ethical behavior? Take a sip of this study
Associations Now
According to a new study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, sleepy employees have weak ethical judgment, but a cup of coffee perks them up — and encourages better decision making.
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Could possible Twitter changes affect event planners?
Cvent
#Nooooooo. That's a hashtag that a lot of Twitter addicts might be using upon the news that Twitter may be reconstructing how @replies and #hashtags function in the future. As reported on Mashable.com, Twitter's head of news, Vivian Schiller, apparently had made a comment during a speech that these two functions could be put into the "background."
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8 steps to maximizing social media for your next event
MeetingsNet
Here are eight steps to integrating social media into your next event.
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You're looking for help in all the wrong places
Government Executive
People worry that if they ask for help, they'll appear incompetent, vulnerable, dependent or helpless. But does seeking help actually carry these costs? In one study, employees reported how often they sought help from co-workers and supervisors and it turned out that the best performers were those who sought the most help from experts. But in another study, it showed that when people need help, they prioritize trust and accessibility over expertise. And that could prove costly.
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