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Americas: Shutdown ends, but uncertainty doesn't for government meeting pros
International Meetings Review
Government meeting professionals are happy to be back at work after the Congress agreed to a resolution that ended the 16-day government shutdown on Oct. 16. "Unfortunately, continued uncertainty remains for our members and this industry," said Rob Bergeron, executive director and CEO of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals. "While SGMP's furloughed members are glad to get back to work today," said Bergeron on Oct. 17, "we certainly recognize that this was a short-term deal and not a long-term fix."
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Lesson from the shutdown: A need to clarify who's furloughed
Government Executive
Though nearly everyone unites around the goal of avoiding future government shutdowns, some key players coming off of the 2013 version offer varying ideas of how to improve the executive branch's guidance for determining who stays home and who continues to work as the crisis unfolds.
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Budget battles could slow 2014 business travel spending, group warns
Los Angeles Times
Spending on business travel is expected to surge in 2014, a sign of continuing confidence in the U.S. economy. But the rosy business outlook could be marred by further feuding in Washington that leads to another government shutdown. The message of caution came from a survey released by the Global Business Travel Association, the trade group in Virginia for corporate travel managers.
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Deep impact: Trade groups tally cost of government shutdown
Associations Now
Hundreds of thousands of U.S. government employees recently settled in their first full week of work since Congress finally passed legislation to temporarily fund the federal government. Meanwhile, tallying has begun on the damage done by the 16-day shutdown that ended Oct. 17. The effects were felt in nearly every facet of American business, especially in the travel and hospitality sectors.
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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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Ideas to get your morning general session off to a great start
International Meetings Review
Your attendees have to be at the morning general session. Make them feel excited to be there — not wishing they were back in bed. Try these ideas to get people talking, laughing and paying attention.
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Government shutdown furloughs delay sequestration furlough appeals
Government Executive
Thousands of appeals from federal employees furloughed because of sequestration sat in the pipeline during the 16-day government shutdown when the small federal agency working on them was forced to close shop. In other words, more furloughs delayed furlough-related work. The Merit Systems Protection Board, which has about 200 employees in Washington and eight regional offices nationwide, furloughed most of its workforce on Oct. 1, save for a few excepted employees and the three board members who are political appointees.
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Hotels plugging in to the trends
Chicago Tribune
In trying to meet customer demands, hotels have done the comfortable bed and bedding bit. They've added healthy menu items. And now they are picking up on social media traffic. Lobby makeovers feature open spaces, plug-in places, comfortable seating and attractive design that encourage work on iPads and laptops and chatting in person or by text. And you don't have to go up to your hotel room for it. Older hotels are updating as newer ones are tech savvy to start. Here are some examples in Chicago.
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4 ways to improve morale post-shutdown
Government Executive
Most federal managers have spent the last several weeks focusing on Congress, the budget impasse and factors outside of their control. The good news is that employees have returned to work and federal managers now have the ability to control one of the most important drivers for the future success of their teams — employee engagement.
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Designing the multi-generational event
Expo Web
Perhaps the most important recognition that you have to make in designing a great tradeshow experience is that the experience needs to be relevant. It needs to "connect" with a specific audience. "Let me start by giving you a very simple example. I wrote a speech about a year ago that was designed to speak to millennials — people about 20-30 years old today. The speech included lots of, well, dancing, jumping around and a video game competition," wrote Joe English, director of Intel Developer Forums at Intel Corporation.
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GMIC launches new campaign in support of green meeting standards
Successful Meetings
Hoping to encourage more planners and venues to adopt sustainable meeting practices, the Green Meeting Industry Council has launched a new campaign to promote the APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards, it announced. The new campaign — called "Ask for It!" — encourages meeting planners to ask their suppliers for sustainable practices, using the APEX/ASTM standards as a guide, and then certify their events to comply with the standards.
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CWT: End-to-end management will drive 2014 meetings
Successful Meetings
A combination of increasing prices and continued economic unrest will make end-to-end management a key theme for meetings in 2014, according to Carlson Wagonlit Travel, which published a special supplement to its "2014 Travel Price Forecast," in which it predicted "across-the-board increases" in the cost of hosting and traveling to meetings.
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