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Apr. 17, 2014

Meetings industry plans inaugural 'Exhibitions Day' on Capitol Hill
Successful Meetings
To educate lawmakers on the merits of meetings and event — in particular, trade shows and exhibitions — a coalition of industry organizations will host the first-ever Exhibitions Day June 16-17 in Washington, D.C., the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), announced. Specifically, they will focus on three issues: the JOLT Act, the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and government employee participation.More

Don't mess up the follow-through
Associations Now
An event expert shares what steps to avoid when rounding up attendees via email. Also: here's a little advice on acquiring quality feedback from your next event survey. More

Report shows shrinking pay gap for federal employees, but few women are in top jobs
The Washington Post
Uncle Sam's gender pay gap is not nearly as bad as it used to be, but what remains demonstrates the difficult nature of the problem. The pay gap between male and female federal employees, with men in the better position, "has dramatically shrunk," says a report issued by the Office of Personnel Management.More

Another hotel chain incorporates Google Wallet
Skift
Best Western has joined the ranks of more than a dozen travel companies, including Booking.com, Priceline.com, Oribtz, Hipmunk, Travelocity Kayak, Airbnb, Hilton Hotels and others, that are using Google Wallet as an option for mobile bookings. More

Can't attend 2014 NEC & Expo ... Be a sponsor!
SGMP
New registrations for next month’s SGMP NEC & Expo are still coming in each week! If you are unable to attend this year, SGMP can still customize a sponsor package of any size that can specifically target your marketing goals. Contact Mark Harvey right away at mark.harvey@sgmp.org or 703-566-3632 to ensure your access to what is always the largest annual gathering of government meeting planners.More

Tech tips, and warnings, for budget travelers
The New York Times
Several companies allow you to put a no-risk hold on airline tickets for days or weeks for a small fee. If you haven't heard of this, you most likely will. Robert Brown, the founder of OptionsAway, one of those companies, said his service's "call option" will be integrated into more mainstream booking sites within months.More

GSA announces plan to simplify federal contracting
Nextgov
The General Services Administration's contracting division is developing a new Web platform and business structure to bring more expertise to complicated acquisitions, the agency said. The new initiative, called Category Management, will involve assigning a Federal Acquisition Service manager in charge of each of several acquisition categories, such as information technology, professional services and travel.More

The positive TripAdvisor ratings taking the sting out of online reviews
Skift
There's so much chatter about negative reviews on TripAdvisor, but it turns out that the average review on TripAdvisor sites globally is 4.12 out of 5 rating, according to the company's internal data. With some 150 million reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor sites, it turns out that reviewers rate their stays overwhelmingly positively at 4.12, which was the average mark through January 2014.More

Give your attendees the gift of tech
Associations Now
Event planners want their conferences to be the talk of the town. These days, a stream of live tweets or a series of snapshots on Instagram can catapult an organization or event from obscurity to fame in a split second.More

Here's the roadmap for how 1 show got 2.1 million media impressions
Expo
The New York International Auto Show has a host of exclusive unveilings, compelling content from some of the biggest automakers in the world and showfloor interactivity most organizers would drool over. All told, the excitement generates more than 2.1 million media impressions across television, print and digital media, but it doesn't happen on its own.More

A quick look at the Cherry blossoms in Washington, DC
The Washington Post
Your nation's capital hosted the National Cherry Blossom Festival recently to commemorate the 1912 gift of 12 varietals of 3,020 trees by the mayor of Tokyo to the mayor of DC. This year's short but sweet peak bloom coincided with the end of the festival last weekend. For our readers across the country, here's a quick collection of some stunning images.More