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CONFERENCE CONNECTION 2013 National Education Conference May 22-24 in Orlando, FL By Sara Woldai, CGMP of Orlando’s many dinner theaters for a perfect nightcap. ARTS, CULTURE & HISTORY With some of the world’s most creative theme park settings, it’s no surprise Orlando has a vibrant local arts scene. From the best of independent film at the Florida Film Festival to fine arts museums, cultural options in Orlando offer a mix of traditional and modern entertainment for visitors. For those with more traditional tastes, the city’s theaters entertain with options from Shakespeare to children’s classics, and area museums and galleries showcase local and global artists. ROSEN SHINGLE CREEK Our host hotel is nestled on a 230-acre site along Shingle Creek just off Universal Boulevard. All rooms feature a stunning view of the golf course and the area’s lush greenery. The facility is surrounded by enchanting flora and wildlife, much of which has been preserved to create a magnificent backdrop for Rosen Shingle Creek. Guests also have the opportunity to venture out and immerse themselves in the nature trails for walking and birding. SGMP IS EXCITED to host our 31st National Education Conference in Orlando! Orlando, nicknamed “The City Beautiful,” is known for its sparkling waters, curved shores, tree-lined streets, attractions and much more. There’s no better way to explore Orlando than by taking advantage of the attractions, tours, events and recreational activities happening throughout the city. MAKE THIS A VACATION T h i s y e a r ’s N a t ion a l E duc a t ion Conference leads into Memorial Day weekend! Take this opportunity to extend a business trip into a vacation. Orlando offers a multitude of attractions for every visitor to ensure a memorable experience. ATTRACTIONS Orlando offers world-class attractions, entertainment, dining, shopping and much more! Take advantage of experiences that are distinctively Orlando, like flying through a swamp on an airboat or getting up close with wildlife at Gatorland. Sports fans can cheer on the Orlando Magic basketball team or set out on a horseback adventure in the area. If you’re feeling young at heart, visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy one of the world’s top theme parks from Walt Disney World Resort to Universal Orlando Resort. The fun and excitement doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Check out a Cirque de Soleil show or one NEC & EXPO Th i s ye a r ’s Nat ion a l E duc at ion Conference will offer more education, new expo hours and an additional general session. Attendee registration for the 2013 NEC opens November 5, 2012. For those of you looking to take advantage of more education, our popular pre-conference programs will be offered again this year. Classes sell out quickly, so be sure to register early. Orlando welcomes you to the 31st annual SGMP National Education Conference! Sara Woldai is SGMP’s Executive & Conference Assistant and can be reached at sara.woldai@ 23

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Fall 2012

President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Dieting on a Per Diem
Plan Green
Education Edge
Demonstrate the Value of Your Meeting
Good to Know
Supplier Strategy
That’s Technology
Conference Connection
Freeze of Per Diem Rates is not a Hotel Freeze out for Government Business
Membership News
Travel Tips & Trends
Continuing Education Now Includes New ADA Rules
SGMP Nation
Advertisers’ Index
The Meeting Minute

Government Connections - Fall 2012