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SGMP launches new website
SGMP
On Friday, SGMP launched a totally redesigned and enhanced database and website as a key upgrade to our communications and marketing efforts. Members may now login to the new system by going to www.sgmp.org and the "Member Login" area. Your new username is the primary email address we have on file and your new and temporary password is Password1. Once you login, create a new password.

The new website features direct social media interaction, better newsfeeds and member information, plus an easier to navigate user interface with full optimization for mobile and tablet use. Members are already using the site to register for the 2015 NEC & Expo and — for those who received an email regarding renewing their membership via the brand new internet portal — to renew their membership. The new website and database are key components of your National Board's ongoing commitment to provide our members with better service and timely information with which to grow our membership.
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Meetings industry 'confident' in Ebola measures
Successful Meetings
The meetings industry is "confident" in the nation's ability to protect travelers and citizens from Ebola, according to Karen Kotowski, CEO of the Convention Industry Council, of which SGMP is a member, who yesterday transmitted an Ebola update to meetings industry stakeholders in which she expressed faith in both U.S. and global authorities.
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Report: Convention services keep groups coming back
International Meetings Review
A recent survey conducted by the Event Service Professionals Association found that most meeting planners feel their experience with their convention services manager "greatly influences" their decision to rebook a venue. In fact, a full 71 percent of meeting planners said the quality of convention/event services greatly impacts whether they would bring their business back to the venue.
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Lawmakers urged to reverse planned cuts to some travel per diem
Government Executive
Federal employee unions are urging Senate appropriators to reverse planned cuts to the per diems of Defense civilians on long-term travel. The changes take effect on Nov. 1. The lower reimbursement rates, designed to save money, are "misguided and unfair," according to an Oct. 23 letter that 13 unions sent to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Richard Durbin, D-Illinois.
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US beefs up security at federal buildings
CNN
VideoBrief As already reported via SGMP's social media channels earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is ordering more security for more than 9,500 federal government buildings and their 1.4 million daily visitors. Johnson said that the Federal Protective Service's new security measures are a precautionary guard against "continued public calls by terrorist organizations for attacks on the homeland and elsewhere" after two recent attacks on Canada's government.
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Register now for Nov. 6 SGMP webinar — 'Unlocking the Secrets to Why Hotels are Rejecting Your Business'
SGMP
SGMP's Brett Sterenson of Hotel Lobbyists is one of our most popular NEC speakers. Now all members can register now to hear him next week for a special rate of just $25 at 2 p.m. EST on Nov. 6. Do you think you have the perfect piece of business ... with your dates, rates and space are all lining up? Yet, when you submit the RFP to several venues, two out of three say "sorry — not interested." Do you ever wonder why? This webinar will teach you to understand how hotels evaluate business opportunities, to master tips on how to better position your business, and to learn the role of revenue managers and how to negotiate with them.
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US airlines hiking fares as oil prices drop
By Lauren Swan
For the first time in years, the price of crude oil has dropped significantly. Americans are finally beginning to feel like it may be safe to travel again without having to sacrifice half of their biweekly paycheck. But when you check out airline fares, expecting them to be significantly lower due to the incredible drop in the price of oil, you instead find that prices have been hiked up by several dollars per flight.
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    5 trends shaping meetings right now and in the future (BizBash)
Some defense travelers will have their per diem rates cut (Government Executive)
Supreme Court to decide police access to hotel registries (The Washington Post)
Tips from meeting planning expert Sherrise Stephens on how to get your event started (Arkansas Business)
Register now for Nov. 6 SGMP webinar — 'Unlocking the Secrets to Why Hotels are Rejecting Your Business' (SGMP)

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7 new tech tools for meetings and events
BizBash
From beacon-based attendee tracking to simple video conferencing, find out about the newest apps and products for your next event. Here's a slideshow roundup of some of the newest technology products to use at meetings and events.
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Becoming guest-centric: Why hotel marketing needs to change
Skift
There definitely is room for differentiation among hotel properties, and travel searchers yearn for it. Leisure and business travelers alike are usually undecided when they begin the online research process. Sixty five percent of vacationers and sixty percent of road warriors are considering multiple hotel brands when they begin planning. Most business travelers have a handle on the differences between hotel brands. Nevertheless, in a world where every hotel marketing campaign tells the same story, rising above the chorus takes a new strategy.
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How embracing the slow philosophy could enhance your next event
Event Manager Blog
As event managers, we strive to ensure value, and as a result we often try to cram every minute of the event schedule. But is this actually having a detrimental effect on our events? Should we actually consider slowing down the pace to see the benefits?
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Registration Open and Scholarships Available for 2015 SGMP NEC & Expo
SGMP
General Attendee registration is now open for SGMPss 2015 NEC & Expo, April 28-30, in Minneapolis. Application forms for national scholarships (planners and suppliers) are available on the homepage at www.sgmp.org. Exhibiting Attendee registration will be opening soon.
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State ballot initiatives could boost turnout, affecting key races
Govenment Executive
Across the country, 146 ballot propositions go before voters on Nov. 4. Combined with measures decided earlier this year, it brings the total number of statewide issues in 2014 to 158. There has been a downward trend in ballot initiatives in the past 30 years, which some blame on complicated requirements imposed by state officials. There were 176 propositions in 2012. Yet, in a midterm election where low voter turnout is seen as inevitable — even with control of the U.S. Senate at stake — some say a number of this fall's higher-profile measures could help influence the outcomes of close races, such as in Alaska and Colorado.
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