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In the April 3, 2012 issue
GSA’s “Wasteful” Conference Spending Leads to Firings, Resignation, New Oversight
Raising the CSR Bar at Pharma Forum 2012
AIBTM Manager Moves to New U.K. Meetings Show
Incentive Winners: CSR Doesn’t Matter, the Destination Does
5 Rules of Flash Mobs (and Why Meeting Planners Should Care)
Meeting on Sustainable Meetings Coming to Montréal
Does Your Conference Equal a Year of Caramel Macchiatos?
Commentary: Is Airline Security Worth the Cost?
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GSA’s “Wasteful” Conference Spending Leads to Firings, Resignation, New Oversight

By Dave Kovaleski

Martha Johnson, the head of the U.S. General Services Administration, fired two of the agency’s senior leaders, placed four conference organizers on administrative leave, and submitted her own resignation as a result of a report by the GSA’s Inspector General on "excessive and wasteful" spending at GSA’s 2010 Western Regions Conference in Las Vegas. Here's how much GSA spent for the five-day, 300-attendee meeting and where the IG says the planners went wrong.


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Raising the CSR Bar at Pharma Forum 2012

By Sue Pelletier

The trick to successfully incorporating a corporate social responsibility activity into a meeting is finding one that resonates with attendees and aligns with the meeting sponsor’s mission. For the 8th Annual Pharmaceutical Meeting Management Forum (now called Pharma Forum), which convened last week in Orlando, Clean the World fit the bill. The organization recycles soap from hotels and delivers it to countries in need. Here’s how attendees got hands-on with the process, plus a photo gallery of the day’s events.


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AIBTM Manager Moves to New U.K. Meetings Show

By Sue Hatch

Steve Knight, the project director for the Americas Meetings and Events Exhibition (AIBTM), which launched last year in Baltimore, has left Reed Exhibitions to serve in a similar role for another hosted-buyer conference starting up in the meetings industry. You might know his (temporary) replacement.


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Incentive Winners: CSR Doesn’t Matter, the Destination Does

By Alison Hall

If you’re hoping that your incentive travel programs will make earners feel appreciated and increase their loyalty to the company, there’s good news in the latest release of data from “Incentive Travel: The Participant’s Viewpoint,” a study conducted by the Site International Foundation and the Incentive Travel Council of the Incentive Marketing Association. But a community service activity may not be memorable unless you choose it carefully.


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Solutions

5 Rules of Flash Mobs (and Why Meeting Planners Should Care)

By Bill Cooney

A flash mob, an event where people suddenly gather in a public place to perform some kind of act (a dance, pillow fight, etc.) for a brief time and then disperse, may not be what you’ve got in mind for your next meeting agenda. But read on—the phenomenon is a great example of the power of social networking and there are lessons to be learned from it that can help you market your next event.

Meeting on Sustainable Meetings Coming to Montréal

By Sue Hatch

Whether your organization is just getting started on its green meeting initiatives or needs some inspiration to dive deeper into the process, the Sustainable Meetings Conference offers something for everyone. The Green Meeting Industry Council’s annual event is just three weeks away. Here’s a preview of the Montréal meeting, including what’s sure to be a memorable keynote by green visionary John Picard.

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Does Your Conference Equal a Year of Caramel Macchiatos?

By Sue Pelletier

I don’t have to tell you that there are a lot of budgeting decisions involved in meeting planning. But sometimes the real value of what you’re pricing out can be lost as you watch the numbers pile up. The answer to keeping it real—and making better decisions: Stop talking about numbers and start talking about equivalencies. For example, if it costs your average attendee $1,000 to attend, you’re asking them to give up what they’d spend on their daily Starbucks drinks for a year. Deal or deal-breaker?

For a different way to look at the intersection of costs and value, visit face2face, the MeetingsNet blog.

Facts and Arguments

Commentary: Is Airline Security Worth the Cost?

By Mitchell Beer, CMM

With an $8 billion annual budget and a 70 percent failure rate detecting guns, knives, and bomb components in random tests, the effectiveness of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s airport screening procedures was the focus of a recent online debate hosted by The Economist magazine.

 
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