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Today's federal government budget deadline
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Look out, hotels: Airbnb means business
By Archita Datta Majumdar
This summer, Airbnb announced its formal foray into the business travel industry by signing a partnership with Concur. The company looked at the big data and saw how business travel could be a lucrative source of revenue. Airbnb designed a portal specifically for this purpose, making it easier and more tempting for businesses to book rooms through them. Since then, Concur officials have stated that the growth in the use of Airbnb by business travelers has seen a meteoric rise this year, not just for domestic destinations but for international travels as well.
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Microsoft debuts new self-service meeting technology
Successful Meetings
Microsoft recently released Bing Pulse 2.0, a new self-service beta version of its Bing Pulse real-time voting platform, which has been used by organizations and media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, the Clinton Global Initiative and Fox News. Bing Pulse 2.0 allows meeting and event organizers to receive instant audience feedback by being installed as an app on smartphones, tablets, and laptops or accessed via website.
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Top 10 hospitality industry trends in 2015
4 Hoteliers
This month will see many takes on important meetings industry trends for the new year. Here is a list of 10 from 4 Hoteliers — Hotel, Travel & Hospitality News.
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'Early Bird' discount for SGMP 2015 NEC & Expo ends on Monday
SGMP
Going ... going ... (soon to be) gone. All registration categories are open for our 2015 NEC & Expo on April 28-30 in Minneapolis. But the $300 "Early Bird" discount for exhibitors ends at midnight Eastern time on Monday, Dec. 15. Supplier members, go to our website for more information and to register now!
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Meeting budgets continue to rise according to 2015 State Of The Meetings Industry Survey
Hotel News Resource
In its third annual "State of the Meetings Industry" survey of more than 185 meeting planners nationwide, Destination Hotels sheds light on the recent trends affecting the planning and execution of meetings and events. As the largest operator of independent hotels and resorts in North America, Destination asked an experienced group of corporate, association, government and independent planners about how their planning duties and their meetings themselves are changing.
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Local, exotic, pickled: Associations share 2015 food trends
Associations Nows
In case you're starving for new trends, the food and restaurant industries have you covered. The National Restaurant Association and the Specialty Food Association recently released their lists of food trends to watch in 2015. The trends vary from buzzworthy (locavore!) to offbeat (cricket flour?).
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9 ways meetings affect hotels: New trends report
Meetings Net
The event planning software company Social Tables and the advocacy group Meetings Mean Business have collaborated with industry experts on a trend report called "The 9 Ways Meetings Will Impact Hotels in 2015." Following are the nine areas where hotel and meeting trends will mesh in 2015, according to the report.
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IAEE releases future industry trends report
Meetings and Conventions
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events released an updated version of its white paper, Future Trends Impacting the Exhibitions and Events Industry. The study looks at what will impact the exhibitions and events industry within the next three years.
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The best and worst places to work in government
The Washington Post
On Dec. 9, the Partnership for Public Service released its annual "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings. The survey looked at employee satisfaction and commitment at small, mid-sized and large agencies. NASA once again took the top spot among the 19 largest federal agencies.
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Obama gives feds extra day off at Christmas
Government Executive
President Barack Obama issued an executive order formally granting federal employees an extra holiday day off on Dec. 26. "All executive branch departments and agencies of the federal government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, the day after Christmas Day," the order states.
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