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Shutdown takes toll in canceled meetings, events and reports
Government Executive
On half-frozen websites and in sparse emails from across the government, word has been trickling out that meetings and hearings scheduled long before the shutdown are now canceled. "Though measuring it is difficult, there's a tremendous loss here," said John Palguta, vice president at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. "It's not only the canceled meetings and conferences, but the data reports that are supposed to go out."
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SGMP to address new normal for government meetings
SGMP
SGMP continues to address the new normal of government meetings on behalf of our membership and is undergoing a transformation to better position our organization for sustainability and success. You will see us rolling out several new strategies and initiatives in October in support of our members, our association and our industry during what is a very challenging time for us. We stand united with our planner and supplier members who plan and support meetings on behalf of the federal government.
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Government shutdown: What it means for meetings
Associations Now
With federal employees on furlough and unable to attend meetings, some associations are dealing with reduced attendance and speaker cancellations at their events. One association meeting planner gives advice on how to reduce the impact. "What we're primarily seeing, and what we're anticipating in the future depending on how long this goes on, is lower attendance among our groups that have government attendees," said Leslie Thornton, president of Courtesy Associates. "A lot of our groups also have high-level speakers [from the federal government] who are now at the last minute not going to be able to speak."
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Registration for the 2014 SGMP NEC and Expo is now open
SGMP
You can register today and exhibitors can take advantage now of our new Early Bird Specials through Dec 15. The conference is on May 6-8, 2014, at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower and the Oregon Convention Center. The Doubletree by Hilton Portland will also support the meeting.
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Why big city mayors see a 'buyer's market' for meetings and conventions
BizBash
With the number of events in North America holding steady while more meeting space is available, cities have to work harder than ever to attract conventions by renovating their venues, offering incentives and building hotels — even at a time when other priorities are raiding their marketing budgets. At CEIR Predict, the mayors of four big convention destinations — Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, and Orange County, Fla. — talked about the importance of meetings and conventions to their cities and how they are trying to win business in a competitive market.
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SGMP, GBTA address meetings fallout from federal government shutdown
Meetings and Conventions
Business travel and meetings are among the casualties of the federal government shutdown that went into effect yesterday. As Rob Bergeron, executive director of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, told M&C: "This shutdown is absolutely affecting SGMP members. Sequestration was already impacting their positions and meetings, but this brings our industry's challenges to another level."
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SGMP offering Supplier Special membership promotion
SGMP
SGMP is currently offering a new Supplier Special membership promotion for a limited time only. 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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The tech effect for meeting planners and attendees
Associations Now
With smartphones, tablets and apps changing the face of modern life, it's only natural that these technologies would change meetings too — for meeting planners and attendees. In 2005, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association did the unthinkable. It gave away seats to its October meeting just to make the rooms look full. So the following year, the organization held its first virtual conference and, just like that, doubled its registration.
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Impact of a government shutdown
The Washington Post
The government shutdown is interrupting services and jeopardizing the paychecks of more than 800,000 federal workers. Take a look a graphic on how different departments are affected and the impact on workers.
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Research: Budgets will remain tight in 2014
Successful Meetings
The U.S. economy may be getting more stable, but according to Successful Meetings' "2014 Meetings Budget Forecast," the big trend next year will be the tightening of belts. When we asked 153 corporate executives and planners, "What do you think the greatest challenge to your organization's ability to execute effective meetings will be in 2014?" three words popped up repeatedly: cost, budget and economy. Combined, those three words were in at least three quarters of the responses.
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The top incentive travel trends of 2013
Successful Meetings
As the U.S. economy swings upward, and incentive travel programs continue to make their slow but steady comeback, new incentive travel trends have taken hold this year. These trends reflect the changing demographics of the U.S. workforce as well as the new economic realities that face businesses on a global scale. For many programs, delivering value means offering family-inclusive programs, or traveling to adventurous, off-the-beaten-path locales. Here's a closer look.
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