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Jul. 24, 2014

3 airlines that will still fly you on a competitor via USA Today
Prior to 1978, in the event of a delay or flight cancellation, all U.S. airlines were required to offer transportation on a competitor's next flight out if that flight would get the passenger to their destination sooner. Airlines were even required to put economy-class passengers in first class if only first class was available. Most airlines, because they're no longer required to have one, have eliminated this rule from their contracts. But three carriers, surprisingly, still have one. More

Exhibitor academy maximizes tradeshow experience
Associations Now
To help exhibitors have a more successful and stress-free experience at its annual tradeshow in January, the National Shooting Sports Foundation recently hosted the SHOT Show Exhibitor Academy. The two-and-a-half-day program, which took place June 24-26, was free for the slightly more than 100 attendees and offered educational sessions focused on increasing exhibitors' return on investment, targeting buyers and boosting brand awareness.More

$15,000 awards being offered to designers of faster queues for TSA lines
In anticipation that more fliers will be eager to pay for expedited checkpoint screening, the Transportation Security Administration has promised to award $15,000 in cash prizes to whoever can design a faster waiting line system. TSA opened a competition on InnoCentive, a website for crowdsourcing solutions to problems, which enables individuals and teams to submit proposals.More

The CGMP Certification Training Manual is now available
The CGMP Certification Training Manual is the primary resource and reference tool for any government meeting professional. The 2014 edition is now available for purchase by all SGMP members. To get your copy of the revised manual, you must sign in at and click on Upcoming Events --> Online Store --> CGMP Manual. You may process your $95 payment there. Did you earn your CGMP prior to 2013? We encourage you to add this revised and critical resource to your professional toolkit. Are you a planner or supplier considering sitting for the CGMP course this year or in the future? We invite you to review this guide as part of your continuing professional development and course preparations.

For the 2103 edition, SGMP conducted a comprehensive review of the CGMP program, which included a recompilation and reorganization of all resource material and thorough revisions to the lesson plans, course and exam. The manual includes seven sections with specific and thorough instruction in government rules and regulations, recognized industry practices, plus an appendix of important documents. The cost of the manual includes shipping. The manual will be shipped ASAP and within three business days. Purchasers of the manual will receive a $95 credit toward any subsequent registration for the CGMP course and exam.

For more information on the CGMP program, click here. For more information on the content of the manual, click here. To purchase the revised manual, click here. If you have any questions, contact our education & training director at

How to host a successful hybrid meeting
Successful Meetings
A term that is heard more and more in event planning, "hybrid events" are meetings that allow you to cater for two audiences: those who are physically in the room and those who couldn't make it. Hybrid meetings have been in existence for a number of years, but with the emergence of new technologies this type of meeting is growing at a rapid rate. Here are some of the ways in which you can host a successful hybrid meeting.More

9 ways a virtual assistant can help event planners
Researching venues, contacting caterers, communicating with vendors, lining up speakers, managing registration — those are just a few of the tasks planners have to take care of for their events. If you feel like there are never enough hours in the day to get your work done, you may want to think about enlisting the services of a virtual assistant. Companies such as eaHelp and Zirtual employ hundreds of U.S.-based assistants who are ready to help planners, whether it's for several hours each day or just a few hours each month.More

US-generated business travel spending to rise by 6.8 percent in 2014
Meetings & Conventions
United States-generated business-travel spending is expected to rise by 6.8 percent this year, to $292.3 billion, according to the Global Business Travel Association. In the newly released "GBTA BTI Outlook–United States 2014 Q2," the association reports that business travel grew by 3 percent in the first quarter of the year, and companies spent $71.2 billion on travel — a 7.6 percent increase over the first quarter of last year. More

Transformation of Washington's 'Grand Lady' underway
U.S. General Services Administration
The bells of the Old Post Office tower tolled July 23 as the Trump Organization broke ground on a two-year-long project to transform the Washington, D.C., landmark into one of the area's premiere hotels. GSA is leasing the excess federal property to the Trump Organization so that it can be reborn and bring millions of dollars of economic value to the District and the American taxpayer.More

New certification developed for healthy travel destinations
Meetings Focus
As the market for healthy travel options for business and leisure segments continues to expand, a new nonprofit called the Institute for Healthy Destination Accreditation has emerged in Washington, D.C., to help resorts and hotels measure and improve health-related initiatives, amenities, facilities and personnel. IHDA has also launched a website to offer hotel health and wellness statistics and information for consumers.More