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SGMP offers 'thanks' to members with a free webinar on Dec. 4
SGMP
SGMP wishes all of our members a relaxing and safe Thanksgiving holiday. As a way of showing you our thanks and appreciation, we are offering the final installment of our 2014 Webinar Series for free to all current members. SGMP's Garland Preddy, CGMP, will present "Ingredients for the Perfect 'Request for Proposal' and 'Statement of Work'" on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. EST. Planners will master the key information that a supplier needs to submit a complete proposal. Suppliers will learn to expertly tailor your responses to the planner's requests.

While you are at the new www.sgmp.org (regardless of whether you register for the webinar), login to the new member portal! It all starts after you login — and it only takes a minute. You can login by simply entering the primary email address we have on file as your username and then enter Password1 as your new and temporary password (once you login, create and save a new password).
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9 event planning rules from Design Exchange's Gillian Hoff
BizBash
Gillian Hoff is the vice president of special events for Design Exchange, Canada's national design museum located in the original Toronto Stock Exchange building. She produces some 400 events a year, including fundraisers, fashion shows, exhibit openings and the annual DX Intersection gala. Check out her tips on scheduling, technology integration and the power of "thank you."
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Amazon wants to book your next hotel
TIME
A new feature is reportedly coming to Amazon: hotel booking. The online retailer, hardware maker, publisher and video distributor is adding a service called Amazon Travel to its litany of businesses, according to a report from travel industry news site Skift.
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Hotels expanding tech offerings to include mobile keys
By Katina Smallwood
Smartphone apps are now allowing for increased convenience in almost all aspects of life, and the hotel and lodging industry has taken notice. Starwood Hotels is jumping onto the tech trend with the recent announcement of its new SPG Keyless app that can be used in lieu of a hotel key to open your room at 10 U.S. properties. Hotel chains across the country are expanding their mobile offerings in the hope that eventually travelers will purchase room service, spa treatments and other extras on their mobile apps.
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QuickMobile predicts future of meeting apps in 2015 forecast
Successful Meetings
Multi-event apps will be all the rage in 2015 as large organizations consolidate their travel and meetings departments, work to control spend and more strategically use assets and resources, predicts event app company QuickMobile, which has announced the release of its second white paper predicting what trends will drive mobile event apps in the year ahead.
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SGMP 2015 NEC & Expo registration is also now open for exhibitors
SGMP
All registration categories are now open for our 2015 NEC & Expo on April 28-30 in Minneapolis. Exhibitor registration is now offering significant "Early Bird" discounts. Supplier members, go to our website for more information and to register now.

While you are at the new www.sgmp.org (regardless of whether you register for the NEC), login to the new member portal! It all starts after you login, and it only takes a minute. You can login by simply entering the primary email address we have on file as your username and then enter Password1 as your new and temporary password (once you login, create and save a new password).

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New PKF study shows rate, occupancy growing at conference centers
Meetings and Conventions
The 2014 version of PKF's Trends in the Conference Center Industry shows that member facilities of the International Association of Conference Centers shows recovery across the board, although not at the precipitous rate of the rest of the hospitality industry, based on numbers from 2013.
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'Text neck' is becoming an 'epidemic' and could wreck your spine
The Washington Post
The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it's 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it's 49 pounds and at 60 degrees it's 60 pounds. That's the burden that comes with staring at a smartphone — the way millions do for hours every day, according to research published by Kenneth Hansraj in the National Library of Medicine.
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So just who was O'Hare? Secrets behind the names of America's airports
Yahoo
Around the world, countries and communities have used their airports to bestow honor on an eclectic group of citizens. Everyone from Mother Teresa in Albania to Frédéric Chopin in Poland, and from Federico Fellini in San Marino to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in France, have had their names raised over passenger terminals. Every day, airplanes regularly land and take off at facilities named for local notables, such as Robin Hood in the north of England and Genghis Khan in Mongolia.
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