The SGMP Link
May. 14, 2015

2 CGMP courses on calendar for summer, fall
SGMP recently added two CGMP courses to the schedule. The first will be offered July 14-17 in Vienna, Virgnia, and the second from Oct. 20-23 in Northern Virginia. The Certified Government Meeting Professional designation (CGMP) is designed for planners and suppliers whose work is governed by the rules and regulations of the federal government. To be eligible to take the course, you must be an SGMP member in good standing for six months or be a member with more than one year of experience in the hospitality industry. The cost is $595. More

Survey shows absentee vendors, weather biggest event risks
Successful Meetings
The biggest risk their events face, according to event professionals, is the failure of vendors and sub-contractors to show up, the International Special Events Society reported. In partnership with specialist insurance provider HCC Specialty, ISES conducted a survey of more than 5,000 event planners to find out what their biggest event-planning concerns are. From a choice of four options, absentee vendors and subcontractors ranked first (47.4 percent), followed by weather (37.1 percent).More

86 percent of US planners to have mobile app at their event by 2016
Conference & Meetings World
New research from event management platform Cvent and the Event Marketing Institute predict a dramatic increase the use of mobile apps at events and conferences over the next two years. The research was conducted in the U.S. in November and December 2014 and the respondents were leading event and meeting planners.More

Rules and red tape bog down government meetings
Meetings Focus
The meetings business is booming, but government functions can't keep up. Government event numbers are down, as are attendee numbers and budgets. The latest MPI survey found that half its members believe government meetings have seen the greatest decrease of any sector compared to a year ago. "We believe the industry is not going to get any worse," says Rob Bergeron, SGMP's executive director and CEO. "But we are still negatively affected by travel restrictions and event restrictions."More

7 ways tech will shape meeting rooms of the future
Smart Meetings
Despite advances in technology and increasing demands for collaboration in today's global business environment, typical meeting space has changed very little over the past few decades. Most meeting rooms still consist of the same traditional setup: a conference phone, a screen, a whiteboard and maybe some video conferencing capability. However, new technology is emerging that will help make meeting rooms more immersive and interactive.More

Is the events industry lacking creative thinkers or just time?
Associations Now
New research by London & Partners says meetings planners are not as creative as they think they are. But to meet attendee expectations, thinking creatively is required, even if time to do so is lacking.More

Airline fees mean big bucks for carriers
Smart Meetings
The money garnered from airline fees has tripled since 2008. According to statistics from the Department of Transportation, collectively they raked in $3.6 billion in extra baggage fees in 2014, a 5.3 percent increase from 2013. Delta took in the most money with checked bag fees in 2014 — a whopping $862 million. United and American Airlines were not far behind, collecting $651 million and $574 million, respectively.More

Leaders are willing to get uncomfortable
Government Executive
Most leadership courses focus on how best to influence others — how to communicate more effectively, how to build successful teams and how to motivate an organization to achieve a desired result. But for Harry Kraemer, a clinical professor of strategy at the Kellogg School and author of "Becoming the Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership," the Dale Carnegie approach misses a crucial first step. "It actually starts one step further back," he says. "Before I can lead others, I had better be able to lead myself."More