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Rising airfares threaten the travel industry's recovery
By Archita Datta Majumdar
While the travel and hospitality industry has been upbeat about finally the tide turning after the recession, there is a lot of wariness underlying this sentiment. The chief cause for this is the airfares that have been steadily rising — despite several low-cost carriers coming onto the scene — and the mergers that have dominated the industry. Since 80 percent of the market is still dominated by the four major U.S. airlines — American, Delta, Southwest and United — cost control doesn't seem possible in the near future.
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At GSA, an 'Internet of Things' experiment
The Washington Post
For the past couple of years, GSA has been experimenting with a network of sensors in its building — a system technologists call the "Internet of Things" — intending to cut energy use and wasted resources. It aims to implement this network in other federal buildings across the country as part of a "Smart Buildings" policy — so far, it has done so with about 80 federal buildings covering a combined area of about 45 million square feet.
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Performance-based budgeting makes a comeback in state capitals
Stateline via Government Executive
"Performance-based budgeting," buzzwords for states making spending decisions based on specific benchmarks, gained traction in the 1990s, then fell out of favor during the budget-cutting era of the Great Recession. Now the strategy is making a comeback — with mixed results so far.
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Upgrades, higher prices for airport hotels
The New York Times
The airport hotel, that bastion of utility and convenience for marooned travelers, is having a banner year. In the first four months of 2014, hotels in the United States situated near airports sold a collective 27.2 million rooms, a record, according to the hotel research company STR. For travelers and meeting planners, this means airport rooms are more expensive and can be harder to find. It also means that owners of airport hotel brands popular with business travelers are on a renovation binge, sprucing up rooms, restaurants, lobbies and meeting spaces.
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SGMP's catalog of recorded education sessions keep growing
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Have you missed any chapter meetings this year? Were you unable to attend the NEC? Are you in need of Contact Hours for your upcoming CGMP recertification? There are now 10 different webinars that are pre-approved for Contact Hours. Take a moment right now to review our new catalog of recorded webinars.
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There's a meeting planner app for that
Successful Meetings
Just two years ago, a meeting, event or exhibition that offered attendees a dedicated app to download onto a smartphone or tablet was considered ahead of the curve in adopting mobile technology. Now these apps are quickly becoming mainstream, and the time is rapidly approaching when an event lacking one will seem behind the times.
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Number of US hotel rooms under construction skyrockets by 44 percent
Meetings & Conventions
There were 108,534 hotel rooms under construction in the U.S. in July, a year-over-year increase of 43.5 percent, according to the July 2014 STR Pipeline Report. Overall, 3,228 projects are under contract in the U.S. pipeline, totaling 388,359 rooms, a 12.3 percent gain since July 2013.
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Plastics and LEED building standards: How conflict turned to cooperation
Associations Now
A onetime critic of the U.S. Green Building Council's widely used certification program, the American Chemistry Council is now working with the group to improve its LEED standard. What happened? Well, eventually the back-and-forth turned to real talk.
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How New York City is becoming even more map-centric with its data
Government Executive
The availability of real-time transportation information can take some of the guess work out of getting from Point A to Point B. That's especially true in New York City where complex layers of transportation infrastructure, including the extensive subway and bus systems and the growing bikeshare network, present plenty of options for anyone using public transit to get around the nation's largest city.
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Is anyone actually reading your tweets?
The Washington Post
Have you ever spent time tweeting something you think is smart, and wondered if anyone actually read it? Twitter recently announced that it's rolling out its Twitter analytics dashboard to all users, which makes it possible for you to see exactly how many people viewed your tweets and engaged with them. It also includes the demographic breakdown of your followers, such as the percentage of male and female followers, their interests and where most of them are based.
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The roller-coaster economies of vacation towns
Government Executive
Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, has come and gone. As we head back to school or back to work, stuffing bathing suits in hard-to-reach drawers, it's a good time to ask: what does the end of tourist season mean for cities and metros that rely on tourism dollars?
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