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Oct. 31, 2013

GSA issues recommendation for green building certification systems
The U.S. General Services Administration announced that it has issued its recommendation on the federal government's use of third party green building certification systems. GSA is required by law to issue a recommendation to the Department of Energy on how the federal government can best use certification systems to measure the design and performance of the federal government's construction and major renovation projects.More

Contractors say shutdown forced them to reprioritize
Government Executive
As feared, the 16-day government shutdown forced contractors to scramble for cash, revise their schedules, and reconnect with their agency liaisons, according to trade association officials. "The good news is that most companies are putting folks back to work, which they should have been doing all along had there not been a shutdown," said Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council. "Our member survey shows that a large percentage of member companies did receive one or more stop-work orders. And though most, but not all, of those have now been reversed, large numbers of those contracts were unnecessarily and inappropriately stopped."More

Information on upcoming 'CGMP' opportunities is readily available
The Certified Government Meeting Professional designation ("CGMP") is the highest designation available that is specifically for government meeting professionals. 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. Our website always features the most accurate and updated list of upcoming courses across the country.More

Travelers are writing fewer and nicer online hotel reviews this year
Guests at U.S. hotels posted 25,000 fewer online reviews this summer than the same quarter last year. However, those reviews got more attention from hotel management and were more positive than those from previous years. TrustYou's quarterly report on review trends looked at more than 250,000 U.S. hotel reviews from more than 250 sources and social media networks this summer. The report found that travelers are writing fewer reviews, but that review scores and management response rates were on the rise throughout July, August and September.More

Army strong: AUSA conference attendance grows over last year
Associations Now
In the face of the ongoing effects of sequestration, and coming hard on the heels of a partial government shutdown, it is a wonder that the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of the United States Army took place at all Oct. 21-23, let alone that its attendance numbers were substantial. While AUSA predicted strong attendance a week before the meeting, which took place in Washington, D.C., the actual numbers showed an improvement over the 2012 conference.More

Take your conference to the next level with a mobile app
Liz Murphy
The International Association of Chiefs of Police recently hosted its annual conference in Philadelphia. More than 10,000 law enforcement professionals and 750 companies and vendors attended the event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The sheer scale of the five-day convention could have easily become overwhelming and fragmented. But organizers of the IACP conference took a critical, proactive step to ensure attendees were able to get the most out of the event. They created a free mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets just for the conference. More

SGMP offering Supplier Special membership promotion
SGMP is currently offering a new Supplier Special membership promotion for a limited time only. This promotion provides for an alternative way to the standard Supplier membership procedure. Under this program, a supplier may join the national association without a planner match by being placed in the “At Large” chapter instead of a local chapter. Once a qualified match is approved, that supplier member will then also become a member of their requested local chapter.More

Timeline: When to expect a possible pay raise, and other key fiscal deadlines
Government Executive
In just the past few weeks, the government shut down, reopened and skirted a default on its debts. We could all do without that kind of excitement for a while. A while, in this case, is less than three months, roughly the amount of time left until the current continuing resolution funding agencies expires. Absent a grand budget bargain between Republicans and Democrats in December, the beginning of 2014 will put us right back where we were in September and October 2013. There's one bright spot for federal workers on the horizon: It's looking more likely that they will get an across-the-board pay hike in 2014, the first such increase in three years. More

Kendall College forecasts top hospitality trends of 2014
Successful Meetings
Hotels in 2014 will be focused on catering to international guests, achieving high ratings on consumer travel websites and further integrating sustainable business practices. So concludes the School of Hospitality Management at Kendall College in Chicago, which this month released its first-ever trends outlook for hospitality industry. According to Kendall, here's what we should expect in the hospitality industry in 2014. More