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Can you accept that gift? Take our quiz
Government Executive
It is widely agreed the federal workforce enjoys a relatively generous benefits package. It is one of the few sectors that still offers a defined-benefit retirement option, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program is considered a model of efficiency in employer-sponsored health care. There is one perk, however, federal employees cannot enjoy: gifts for doing their jobs.
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Central location boosts Chicago to most popular US meetings destination
Meetings & Conventions
Chicago claimed the number-one ranking in Cvent's Top 50 Meeting Destinations this year, beating out former winners Orlando and Las Vegas. The meetings technology supplier evaluated data from more than 5,000 U.S. cities represented on the Cvent Supplier Network. "One of the stand-out trends this year is out of the destinations' control: location," noted Cvent Supplier Network vice president of sales Bhalet Malhotra.
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The best airlines and hotel rewards program ... ever
U.S. News and World Report via Yahoo
When becoming a rewards program member, you can't pick just any loyalty program to join. Many frequent-flier and hotel loyalty programs yield generous rewards, but not all of them make it easy to reap benefits most valuable to you. To help lead you to the program that's right for you, U.S. News and World Report scrutinized frequent flier and hotel loyalty programs using myriad components.
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Lessons for meetings from 3 hotel brands
Associations Nows
If you think your attendees have lower expectations for their experience at your meetings than they do for their experience staying at a large hotel chain, you're mistaken. What these brands are doing today and planning tomorrow will affect your future events.
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Recorded education sessions available from SGMP
SGMP
Were you unable to attend the NEC in Portland? Did you miss a webinar that had caught your interest? SGMP has created a new catalog of recorded education for purchase as webinars for one Contact Hour each. The NEC sessions include an automatic buy-one-get-one-free offer. Take a moment right now to review the current options in a catalog that will continue to grow.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Senate panel passes Conference Accountability Act (Associations Now)
All 274 gifts given to Barack Obama between 2009 and 2012, ranked (The Washington Post)
A new view: Why change is good for meetings (Associations Nows)
Technology will change events, but these five things remain (Association & Media Publishing)
Mobile phone etiquette for attendees and event professionals (Planner Wire)

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Moment.me launches email marketing tool for event planners
Successful Meetings
Israeli startup Moment.me has created a new email marketing tool for meeting planners, it announced last week. Integrated into the company's core offering — a free mobile platform for building event-specific microsites — the tool allows planners to create professional event-marketing emails without knowledge of HTML by importing contacts from their email account, then using an automated tool to design multimedia messages.
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San Antonio, Anaheim, Baltimore team up to lure more convention business
San Antonio Business Journal
The convention industry can be cutthroat, with destinations pulling out all the stops in an attempt to win business away from competing markets. However, San Antonio, Anaheim (California) and Baltimore have decided to work together to try and secure more conventions for each of the three markets.
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Strength of City Pair Program saves billions for federal agencies
U.S. General Services Administration
On Aug. 7, the U.S. General Services Administration announced the award of its successful cost-saving air travel contracts for 2015, which will save taxpayers approximately $2.3 billion. Under GSA's City Pair Program, airfare rates for the federal government's official travel are prenegotiated and firm-fixed-price for a year offering a 23-percent discount below corporate benchmark fares. In addition to offering considerable discounts, the City Pair Program allows the federal government additional flexibility in how it books air travel, such as no cancellation or change fees.
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Certification training manual available from SGMP
SGMP
Did you earn your CGMP prior to 2013 or are you considering sitting for the CGMP course in the future? Any SGMP member may purchase the 2014 edition of the CGMP Training Manual. We invite you to add this revised and critical resource as a key part of your continuing professional development. Get your copy of the revised manual by signing in at www.sgmp.org and clicking on Upcoming Events --> Online Store --> CGMP Manual.
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Why names are so easy to forget
The Atlantic via Government Executive
Once, at a party, I was introduced to a friend of a friend. We shook hands, I told her my name, she told me hers. Then she did something that I was ever so grateful for. "Hang on," she said. "Can you say your name again? I wasn't really listening." She saved me from having to later — possibly even at the same party — sheepishly admit that I, too, had already forgotten her name.
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Hit the reset button in your brain
The New York Times
This month, many Americans will take time off from work to go on vacation, catch up on household projects and simply be with family and friends. And many of us will feel guilty for doing so. We will worry about all of the emails piling up at work, and in many cases continue to compulsively check email during our precious time off. But beware the false break.
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