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Dec. 19, 2013

Federal gift rules do not take a holiday
U.S. Office of Government Ethics
As TV, radio, movies, social media, the Internet, and just about every other form of commercial communication ceaselessly remind us, this time of year has become a season for gift-giving and gift-getting. Even in the workplace, there can be social pressure not to be a “Scrooge.” Employees may feel they have to accept gifts in the spirit in which they are offered or even give gifts to others. But in the federal workplace, the ethics rules prohibiting gifts do not take a holiday.More

Cvent reveals top 100 meeting hotels in the US for 2013
Meetings and Conventions
Cvent announced the results of its second annual ranking of the "Top 100 Meeting Hotels in the U.S." To establish the list, Cvent evaluated several thousand properties that received business through the Cvent Supplier Network from September 2012 through August 2013. The properties were ranked based on various data points, such as major metropolitan area market share, conversion rate and the hotel's unique Cvent profile visits. More

Bipartisan budget agreement would more than double security fee for some airline flights
Smart Meetings
The fees that airline customers pay for airport security will increase significantly if Congress passes the bipartisan budget deal that was announced. Of course, in practical terms, the increase is only going to mean a few extra dollars tacked onto each roundtrip airline ticket, but the changes would add up to an extra $730 million charged to passengers every year, according to the industry group Airlines for America. More

Forecast for passing 2-year budget deal is sunny in the Senate
Government Executive
With the budget drama heading into its final act in the Senate, tensions surrounding the fate of the two-year deal are dissipating, with Republicans signaling they will not block the measure. Leery of saying how they would vote before the House overwhelmingly approved the deal, Senate Republicans opened up. GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona said they would vote for cloture, and others indicated they're considering it.More

Sponsorships for 2014 NEC & Expo are still available
SGMP supports dynamic partnerships and creative sponsorships. We can customize a 2014 NEC sponsor package that is as unique as the services your company offers — large or small — and that specifically targets your marketing goals. To see the framework in which we will build your sponsorship, click on READ MORE below. Questions? Contact Mark at or 703-566-3632.More

Forecast: US hotel occupancy to increase 10 percent in Q1
Despite a slow start to 2013 bookings, the hotel industry is coming to a strong finish for the year and should see improvement in 2014, according to recent analysis. In the final three months of this year, hotel occupancy rates are expected to be up by 4 percent, with revenue per available room gaining 6.5 percent, according to TravelClick. And, hotel occupancy in the first three months of 2014 is projected to rise by more that 10 percent.More

Gift guide: Nifty gadgets for business travelers
USA Today
Looking for an idea to put on your holiday list or a gift for a fellow business traveler? It may make sense to try something new. Numerous products hit the market this year, but with limited marketing budgets and a huge consumer audience to address, most are unknown to many business travelers. The following products — including folding wheelchair wheels, theft-proof pants and numerous electronic devices — landed this year and may be valuable for anyone who spends a lot of time on the road.More

The most overused buzzwords on LinkedIn in 2013
It's time to stop labeling yourself as "responsible," "creative," and "driven." Those are the most overused words on LinkedIn profiles worldwide, according to a new list published by the company. LinkedIn checked the profile summaries of 259 million members for English and other languages, based on 81 buzzwords that were compiled last year. It ranked the most commonly-used words for members in 20 countries. More

Interactive floor plan for 2104 NEC & Expo now available
SGMP is proud to add an interactive floor plan on our website to assist our exhibitors with making their booth selections. The floor plan shows who has already purchased booth space and which spaces remain available. To see the floor plan, click on READ MORE below and then click on "Floor Plan" at the top. Questions? Contact Mark at or 703-566-3632.More

Video: The USAF Band's Holiday Flash Mob at the National Air and Space Museum is a viral hit across the globe
VideoBriefThe USAF Band performs a Holiday Flash Mob at the National Air and Space Museum. More