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Building a better meeting budget
Meetings & Conventions
Even a carefully crafted budget can balloon out of control, as seasoned meeting professionals can attest. Meetings & Conventions asked planners and suppliers to share the common mistakes they've made or witnessed, along with strategies for avoiding similar snafus.
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Big cities, small meetings
Connect
In large cities, small groups get swallowed up and are all but forgotten, right? Not necessarily. Major destinations prefer to book large groups and citywide events that fill guest rooms and meeting space, but small groups can find their own rewards by gathering in prime urban locations. Downtown corridors in major cities have clusters of hotels, restaurants, and arts and culture venues that are walkable, as well as inexpensive, user-friendly mass transit options.
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Trends in meetings
aftermarketNews News
According to Connie Dieken, meetings and speakers need to overcome Business ADD. One of the challenges facing meeting planners today is avoiding "Weapons of Mass Distraction." These distractions include cell phones, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, FaceTime, email and various chat programs.
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Goodbyes are hard: How to end a conversation on the tradeshow floor
Associations Now
A lot of talk around meetings and conferences is how to start and engage in conversations with attendees, exhibitors and speakers. But what should exhibitors do if they know the conversation with a visitor needs to wrap up? A new report looks at techniques to disengage.
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Government meetings training available now via recorded sessions and CGMP
SGMP
Do you still have available training budget? Take a moment right now to check out our growing list of recorded webinars that are pre-approved for Contact Hours. You can also get your copy of the 2014 edition of the CGMP Training Manual right now by signing in at www.sgmp.org and clicking on Upcoming Events --> Online Store --> CGMP Manual.
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Local government's big text-message quandry
Government Executive
If a state or local government official discusses public business via text messages sent from or received on their personal cellphone, that electronic message is often subject to freedom of information statutes in various parts of the nation. But state and local governments have found that preserving and archiving text messages can be highly difficult since those messages are hosted on multiple personal devices instead of on one central computer server.
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Online travel companies tight-lipped on pending occupancy tax liabilities
Bloomberg BNA
Online travel companies such as Expedia Inc., Orbitz LLC, Priceline.com Inc. and Travelocity.com LP have been tight-lipped about the financial implications of the many lawsuits filed by municipal and state revenue agencies seeking unpaid hotel occupancy taxes, a review of recent disclosure statements shows. The legal disputes concern whether these occupancy taxes should be paid on the discounted wholesale rate negotiated between OTCs and hotels, or on the higher retail rate paid by consumers.
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Trade shows emerge stronger from a brutal recession
Connect
Last December, the Performance Racing Industry trade show returned to Indianapolis after a nine-year absence, and Hollywood couldn't have scripted a better story. The results came up roses: 1,200 exhibitors, 3,400 booths, 45,000 attendees from around the world and a $45 million economic impact on the city, ranking it second among all of Indy's 2013 events. The PRI show represents one of a growing number of broader trade show successes, even as some recessionary effects still hover over the economy.
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House unanimously votes to cut TSA security fees
Roll Call
Travel industry leaders are applauding a unanimous House vote to roll back Transportation Security Administration fees. The 2013 budget accord had increased the security-related fees to $5.60 per one-way trip. Previously, the fee had been $2.50 per enplanement (boarding a flight) with a cap of $10.
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Amazing true stories of bureaucracy
Government Executive
Have you heard about the big scandal at the Veterans Affairs Department? Thought so. How about Dr. William A. Bauman and Ann M. Spungen of the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, who have worked tirelessly for years to help people with spinal cord injuries? Didn't think so. At a time when government seems plagued by a never-ending cycle of scandals and controversies, the Partnership for Public Service goes out of its way each year in the Sammies program to tell the stories of federal employees who not only take tremendous pride in what they do, but achieve great things on behalf of their country. This year's Sammie recipients were recently honored at a black-tie dinner in Washington.
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Meetings mean business
Corporate & Incentive Travel
In 2009, an emergency coalition of industry leaders from the meetings and hospitality industry came together under the leadership of U.S. Travel Association and mounted a defensive campaign dubbed "Meetings Mean Business" that is credited with saving the meeting industry from disaster. SGMP is a supporter of this campaign through its CIC membership. Here is an update about the progress that has been made and what lies ahead for the initiative.
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