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Washington Post columnist lambasts conventions, industry responds
Successful Meetings
Washington Post business and economics columnist Steven Pearlstein accused the meetings industry of making inflated claims about the economic benefits of conventions, convention centers and hotels. And SGMP's industry partners ASAE and CIC responded.
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Meetings trendsetters propel industry forward in 2014
Meetings Focus
Maybe you've heard them speak at one of the big meetings industry shows or read about them in the pages of the industry press. But for one reason or many, following are some of the most interesting people who are shaping our profession. You'll recognize at least three of them — SGMP was represented in this list with a supplier member, staff member and adjunct faculty member.
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Which federal agencies have gained and lost the most employees?
The Washington Post
Last week, we showed how the federal civilian workforce grew since the start of the Obama administration, despite shrinking slightly in recent years. This week, let's look at individual departments to determine which have gained and lost the greatest percentage of their employees.
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Federal Reserve Board's conference spending documentation under scrutiny
Associations Now
When analyzing the conference spending of the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors, the Office of the Inspector General didn't find a smoking gun — but it did find a lot of reporting issues.
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The national security argument for spending more on conferences, travel
Nextgov
U.S. dominance in science and technology has traditionally fed U.S. military superiority — a dynamic no one relies on anymore. The United States currently pays for less than one-third of global research and development, and that portion is expected to fall to 18 percent by 2050, according to sources cited in a new report from the National Research Council. One interesting suggested response to the problem: Spend more on overseas conferences.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of The SGMP Link, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SGMP, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Travel campaign fuels $1 billion rise in hospitality industry
Michigan State University
The Obama administration's controversial travel-promotion program has generated a roughly $1 billion increase in the value of the hospitality industry and stands to benefit the U.S. economy in the long run. So finds the first scientific evidence, from a Michigan State University-led study, showing a positive economic impact of the Travel Promotion Act. Congress is currently reviewing whether to extend the law, which went into effect in March 2010.
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Convention Industry Council offering online tool for sustainable meetings
Successful Meetings
The Convention Industry Council has partnered with Suzanne Burke, CGMP, and her sustainable meeting consultancy Avila Government Services to offer the company's online sustainability software it its members. Avila's tool, called the Sustainable Meeting Planning Program (SMMP), helps meeting planners navigate CIC's APEX/ASTM green meeting standards.
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Custom airfares: Pro-passenger or pro-airline?
The Washington Post
The Transportation Department has tentatively approved a controversial proposal that it claims will help modernize the marketing and sale of airline tickets. A spokesman for the Travel Technology Association, which represents the major online travel agencies, called the decision a "step in the right direction." But some travelers continue to view it as a dangerous development for passengers.
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More hotels innovate with meeting spaces
San Francisco Chronicle
Marriott 18 months ago started Workspace on Demand, a program that enables quick and easy booking of space by the hour or day for work and meetings. Marriott works with San Francisco's LiquidSpace, which has more than 4,000 workspaces at 1,500 venues in the U.S., Canada and Australia that users can reserve online. And Marriott isn't alone among hotel chains. LiquidSpace facilitates on-demand work space rentals at more than 30 major hotel chains and many more individual boutique hotels.
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What do you like best about The SGMP Link?
SGMP
This weekly newsletter is designed to keep you informed on and make you think about things that affect you and government meetings. Our readership is as broad as SGMP's membership — both planners & suppliers with varying federal, state and local perspectives. In an effort to ensure the quality of the overall content of The SGMP Link, we'd like to ask you what you think. What do you like best about it? What do you wish it would offer or offer more of? Is there anything about it for which you would say "I can't live without it" to describe it? If you have any feedback — questions, suggestions, pet peeves, whatever — please contact SGMP executive director and CEO Rob Bergeron at rob.bergeron@sgmp.org.
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Inside President Obama's secret schedule
Yahoo News
The private schedule embodies a president's political and public-policy priorities, the full range of challenges or crises he faces at home and abroad. It blends the White House's needs and wants as the president balances foreign threats against dinner with the kids and meetings with friends. The public schedule is what the White House wants people to know about the president's day. The private schedule is what he actually does with one of his most scarce resources.
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