Government Connections - Fall 2012 - (Page 24)

By Kelly Roche, CGMP, CTA and Brett Sterenson IN THE MIDDLE of August, the hotel and government meeting planner community collectively breathed one big sigh of relief when GSA revealed that it was keeping the federal per diem rates flat for FY’13. This responsible decision shows much needed clear headed thinking. In months leading up to the decision, there had been some rather aggressive proposals on the table. Most notably of these was including only lower hotel rates in the mid-price range when calculating average daily rates in an effort to intentionally reduce rates and thus reduce government spending on travel. In the end, GSA opted not to manipulate any data. By holding the per diem rates flat for the following year, we can celebrate the decision to try to stabilize markets by not making any changes, and we can even applaud the delay of a decision on rates until a time that’s not as politically or economically volatile. GSA’s decision to freeze Fiscal Year 2012 per diem rates for Fiscal Year 2013 has both positive and negative impacts for SGMP and its government meeting planners and suppliers. We should all focus on the positive, yet remain aware of the negatives. FREEZE OF PER DIEM is not a Hotel Freeze out for Government Business GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | FALL 2012 24

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