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September 17 - 18, 2014

Location: Hilton Mark Center - Alexandria, VA

Government Travel Presents

EdCon'14 Agenda at a Glance

Wednesday, September 17th

10:00am - 11:30am
Supplier Council Meeting   
Location - Poplar
(Elected members of council only)
11:45am - 2:00pm
Board of Directors Meeting 
|Location - Poplar
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Registration Open  
|Lower Lobby Foyer
Sponsored by:
 Extended Stay America
1:15am - 2:00pm
Orientation - to Government Travel
Let's get acquainted. Join other new government travel colleagues in a overview of How to get the most out of SGTP.  Presented by Lucy Gomez, Director of Sales Crowne Plaza, San Diego
|Location - Plaza I
2:00pm - 3:15pm
GSA TMC Forum: A GSA led collaborative discussion with the TMCs that provide travel services to federal civilian and military travelers.  Reserved for TMCs, DoD, ETS and GDS representatives. 
|Location - Plaza II & III
3:30pm - 4:30pm
GSA Industry Forum: GSA invites industry partners from the airlines; car rental companies, and Global Distribution Services to join the discussion and share travel updates and trends from their unique perspective.
|Location - Plaza II & III
4:30pm - 5:45pm
Welcome to EdCon'14 Reception
|Location Lower Lobby Foyer
Sponsored by:

Thursday, September 18th

7:30am - 5:00pm
Registration Open
Location - Lower Lobby Foyer
Sponsored by:
 Extended Stay America
8:00am - 8:40am
|Location Plaza B/C
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8:50am - 9:00am
Patriotic Opening with Honor Guard
Location Plaza B/C
9:10am - 10:00am
Featured Address: Beyond Bullet Points: Statistics, Trends and Analysis Presented by Vail Brown, Vice President of Global Business, Development & Marketing, Smith Travel Research

STR has been collecting hotel performance data for 30 years. Capitalizing on this comprehensive history, this presentation will present the current state of the hotel industry; group and transient demand; performance trends within the U.S. top 25 markets; what’s in the pipeline and STR’s 2014/15 forecast.   This information will assist in your upcoming strategies, as ell as update you with the buzzing topics in the industry. 
|Location Plaza B/C
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10:00am - 10:45am
Featured Speaker: TSA's Risk Based Security, Presented by Featured Speaker Jerry Koehler, Division Director, Office of Risk Based Security
TSA will explain the Risk Based Security Program, and details including:
  • What is the TSA Precheck Program?
  • Who's eligible for TSA PreCheck?
  • What Does TSA Precheck mean for travelers?
  • How does TSA Precheck work?
  • Why should you enroll in the DHS Trusted Traveler Program?
Conclusions will include How a Federal, DoD, and all others are able to participate in the TSA PreCheck Program
|Location Plaza B/C
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10:45am - 11:00am
Refreshment Break - Co-Sponsored by LaQuinta Inns & Suites
|Location Lower Lobby Foyer
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11:00am - 11:45am
Concurrent Educational Sessions
(Choose One)
Session A
Value of a Managed Travel Program - Tami Nelson, State Travel Manager, State of Utah presents setting up, and the benefits of having a Managed Travel Program.
|Location Plaza I
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Session B
Federal Travel Approver Training - You Asked GSA Delivers Come learn about GSA's new online travel training programs including Travel Approver Training, FTR in Depth & Attending a Conference.
Presented by Lauren Concklin, Team Lead GSA FAS
|Location Plaza II
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11:45am - 12:30pm
Concurrent Educational Sessions
(Choose One)

Session C
Utilizing the WSCA-NASPO Vendor Contracts - Tim Hay, WSCA-NASPO presents an overview of Cooperative Purchasing Organization,  how to utilize their current contracts and the costs savings they can bring to the state government.   Included will be air, hotel and car contracts for state government official travel. Presented by Tim Hay, WSCA-NASPO
|Location Plaza I
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Session D
Making Informed Cost Saving Travel Decisions GSA FAS will present - How to optimize the use of Government Travel Programs in 2015 to save your travel & conference spend. Presented by Garlette L. Jordan, Program Analyst, GSA FAS
|Location Plaza II
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12:35pm -           2:15pm
TradeXchange & Lunch
Sponsored by Hilton Hotel Corporation
|Location Terrace Ballroom
Sponsored by:
2:30pm -         
Concurrent Educational Sessions
(Choose One)

Session E
Amtrak provides city center to city center, green, budget conscious transportation choices that keep you and your team low stress and productive en-route. This session will familiarize you with Amtrak travel choices, the onboard experience, and describe the new Amtrak fare plan available to government travelers. We will also discuss booking channel solutions
|Location Plaza I
Session F
FedRooms 2015 - Hoteliers do you have questions about the FedRooms program changes for 2015?  How were the Tier 1 markets selected? How can you submit a 2015 bid? What are the evaluation criteria for property selection in the Tier 1 markets?  Join the FedRooms team get the answers to your questions in this interactive session.
|Location Plaza II
3:15pm - 4:30pm
Finding the " Sweet Spot" between saving money & infringing upon employee's rights.  Presented by GSA Office of Government-wide Policy
|Location Plaza B/C
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4:30pm - 5:30pm
Farewell to EdCon'14 Reception
|Location Lower Lobby Foyer
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Upcoming Events

17 Sep 2014 8:00 AM • The Hilton Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road Alexandria, VA (DC Metro Area)

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EdCon'14 Hotel Booking Info

**DC Metro Accessible**

Please note the following: The Hilton Mark Center offers complimentary shuttle from the DC Metro.                  Click here for details.

Hotel Accommodations for EdCon'14 Attendee Rate $165 + tax

The Hilton Mark Center may be confirmed online by clicking here or by calling the hotel and asking for the SGTP Rate (703) 845-1010

For those driving to the Hilton Mark Center, SGTP EdnCon'14 Attendees' Self-Parking rate = $8

Attention Employers!

Feb. 1, 2014:

SGTP is excited to announce that we are in the early stages of launching a quality job board for professionals in the government travel industry.

If you have a job you would like to post to the board, please click the link below.

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$100 for 60 days*

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