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Nov. 21, 2013

Business travel spending up for 2013, eying increase in 2014
Archita Datta Majumdar
The travel industry has picked up the recession slack quite well, showing healthier figures in 2013. Business travel especially has picked up quickly, which is a testament to an improving economy and better business prospects in all arenas. In fact, recent reports state that U.S. businesses are all poised to spend more on business travel with a figure that could go up to $288.8 billion in 2014. More

Twitter to event planners: Build your own timeline
Associations Now
Want a little more control over the content you're sharing at your next event? Twitter’s already working on it. The company launched its custom timelines, which allow users to create a curated list of tweets, rather than simply relying on hashtags or favorited tweets to do the trick.More

Shutdown cost small tourism businesses millions
Small Business Trends
A U.S. debt default has been averted and many federal agencies have reopened. But at least one group of small businesses won't recover so easily from the weeks of government shutdown. No, it won't be small businesses waiting on Small Business Administration backed loans. More

House bill would further cut government spending on conferences, travel
Smart Meetings
The U.S. House of Representatives passed another bill that would significantly reduce federal agencies' spending on travel and conferences on top of cuts already imposed by sequestration and a White House directive. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2013, or DATA Act, easily passed with bipartisan support and a lone dissenting vote.More

Destination hotels and resorts' top meeting trends of 2014
Successful Meetings
Hospitality management company Destination Hotels & Resorts has released the results of its second annual "State of the Meetings Industry" survey, which forecasts the most significant trends that will shape meetings in 2014. Based on input from more than 180 corporate, association, independent and government meeting planners from around the country, here are the predictions. 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

Hoteliers should focus on Twitter
Hotel News Now
"One of the many discussions we have regarding our social media is how we can measure our return on investment, or in other words ensure that people are reading our stories," writes Samantha Worgull, editorial assistant for Hotel News Now. That also is the most-asked question from hoteliers. What's the ROI for platforms such as Twitter? The answer is simple: Hoteliers are engaging with potential guests who could then translate to dollars and brand loyalty.More

Which metro area has the highest share of federal employees? Hint: Not Washington
Government Executive
There has been much talk lately about the effects of pay freezes, sequestration, furloughs and government shutdowns on the federal workforce and the overall economy. Naturally, the hardest-hit areas over the long haul are likely to be the ones with the highest concentrations of federal employees. You might think that list would start with Washington, D.C., but, as Richard Florida writes in the Atlantic Cities, that would be wrong. More

Hilton and InterContinental cater to meeting planners with new packages, promotions
Successful Meetings
Hoteliers, eager to attract more meeting business, are developing customizable, brand-wide meeting packages that make it easier for meeting planners and organizers to book with them. The two latest brands to do so are Hilton Worldwide and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts.More

GSA officially solicits sites for new FBI headquarters
Government Executive
The General Services Administration took the next step in the years-long process of moving the FBI out of its cramped and outdated J. Edgar Hoover Building headquarters. A notice on asks for site proposals from developers willing to donate or sell land in the District or Virginia or Maryland suburbs in exchange for the right to most likely demolish the four-decade-old Hoover building and develop a prestigiously located lot on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest.More