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Nov. 20, 2014

2015 SGMP NEC & Expo National Scholarship deadline is Nov. 24
The deadline is Monday, Nov. 24 to apply for a Rance R. Willis Planner Development or Supplier Development Scholarship to the 2015 SGMP National Education Conference & Expo on April 28-30 in Minneapolis. The eligibility requirements and the responsibilities of recipients are listed on the first page of the applications. The applications can be downloaded from the bottom right at

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Smart conventions and meetings are redefining face-to-face events
There is a surge of advocacy for face-to-face meetings spearheaded by the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, sponsored by many of the largest brands in hospitality, theme parks, cruise lines and a variety of large DMOs. The MMBC's mission promotes the value of face-to-face meetings as the best vehicle to drive business growth, supported by a comprehensive website with research, case studies and testimonials.More

The complete guide to networking for introverts
Government Executive
Most people find networking to be a somewhat uncomfortable endeavor. But the task of meeting and greeting strangers en masse — and ultimately asking them for business — can be far more painful for introverts, according to research. Extroverts, who tend to excel at building contacts outside their organization, shouldn't be the only ones using the skill to earn more and advance in their careers.More

A growing trend: Smaller meetings
Successful Meetings
For global hospitality companies, one of the biggest meeting trends happens to be the smallest. As senior director of Hilton Meetings & Product Management for Hilton Worldwide, Sherry Romello is constantly keeping track of meeting trends around the globe. One trend in particular that Romello has seen grow tremendously has been the emergence of smaller meetings.More

Expect fewer freebies, meeting planners are warned
One of the world's leading hoteliers has warned meeting planners to expect tougher negotiations in 2015 as demand steadily increases. Mark Sergot, senior VP, global sales organization of FRHI Hotels and Resorts — which owns the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissotel brands — says the balance of power is starting to shift towards the supply side of the industry again. As hotels start to report positive figures on increased occupancy and revenue growth, room rates are set to follow, Sergot argued.More

4 trends that are changing cuisine in the hospitality industry
Travel Pulse
Hospitality companies learned long ago that good food means good business. But as customers have evolved, so have hotels and their accompanying restaurants. Just like anything in the industry, you must be flexible and address the ever-changing needs and desires of travelers. You can't stay stagnant, as a hotelier or a chef, or the world (and business) will pass you by.More

New PKF study shows rate, occupancy growing at conference centers
Meetings & 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.More

Register now for SGMP Protocol Course on Dec. 2
So you can't make it to the pre-conference Protocol session at the 2015 NEC & Expo? Come join us to earn four Contact Hours and to learn the foundation of protocol: Precedence and Seating, Flag Protocol and Gift Giving. The course will be offered at the SGMP Training Center in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 1-5 p.m. To register, go to, login and select the Protocol Class listed under Upcoming Events.More

Trends report: What could 2015 look like for meetings?
Associations Now
It's never too early to start thinking ahead when it comes to conferences and events. Here's what a few organizations and companies are predicting that 2015 has on tap for meetings.More

When everyday at the airport feels like Wednesday before Thanksgiving
Chicago Tribune
Crowding at large U.S. airports is reaching dire levels as congestion during peak times on regular weekdays nears that typically seen during the Thanksgiving period, a travel industry group said. Annual growth of traffic, about 2 percent per year, doesn't seem dramatic, but many large airports are already near capacity during peak travel times, making them feel like the busiest travel day of the year — the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.More