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What happens during conference calls? (It’s not work)

The Top 3 things employees do during mobile conference calls are completely unrelated to the call they’re listening in on, according to a study conducted by InterCall, one of the world’s largest conferencing providers. The results showed that 65 percent of employees do other work, 55 percent eat or make food, and 47 percent go to the restroom (thank goodness for the [...] More

ISES names Spirit of Excellence award winners

The International Special Events Society (ISES) has announced its 2013-14 Spirit of Excellence award winners, honoring both chapters and individuals. Chapters are recognized for excellence in communications, programming and education, membership retention and growth programs, and international engagement. Individual awards go to ISES volunteers for their service. Chapter awards Chapter of the year: Austin, Texas. (Honorable mention, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.) Communications: [...] More

New College Football Hall of Fame open for meetings

The College Football Hall of Fame, which opened last week in downtown Atlanta, has 50,000 square feet of event space, including a 45-yard indoor playing field that can hold 900 people seated and up to 1,450 people standing. It connects to the Georgia World Congress Center, allowing meeting attendees to move from the expo floor to evening events at [...] More

Weekly deals and highlights: Aug. 27, 2014

In this issue: @MeetatTexas, @CrownePlaza, @danahotel, @DBTreeSav, @pearlbrewery, @VisitSouthPadre, @visitRaleigh and Peppermill Resorts More

IMEX America adds business school

IMEX America participants this year can earn CEUs through PCMA’s Business School, which is making its first stop at the Las Vegas trade show. Business School is part of the pre-show education day known as Smart Monday, on Oct 13. JELLISON The curriculum tries to give meeting industry professionals access to top faculty speakers from university business [...] More

GSA updates its fiscal 2015 per diems

The General Services Administration has adjusted its per-diem rates for fiscal year 2015, keeping the standard continental U.S. rate at $83. Some non-standard rates went up, others down, depending on the city and time of year. Non-standard areas are those regions to which federal employees frequently travel. Added to the list for 2015: Kayenta, Ariz. (Navajo [...] More

ISES names 2014-15 board of governors

The International Special Events Society (ISES) has named its International Board of Governors for fiscal 2014-15. Members come from eight U.S. states, Canada and Australia. Officers President: Kevin White, CSEP, founder/chief strategist, XPL, Brooklyn, N.Y. President-elect: Jodi Collen, CSEP, events & conferences director, Augsburg College, Minneapolis. Treasurer: Judy Brillhart, CSEP, catering director, Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge, Mass. Secretary: Ingrid Nagy, [...] More

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