MAR 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory headlines meeting Find News Updates@ WASHINGTON—Associations have a profound, measurable economic and social impact on the nation, according to ASAE's most recent Associations Matter study. "This report does a wonderful job in providing a bigger picture about the impact associations have in keeping America competitive, improving the econ- omy, providing opportunities for people to volunteer, and preparing our future leaders," said ASAE Presi- dent and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE, also noting that associations represent a major piece of the meet- ings and conventions industry in the United States. The study relies primarily on U.S. government sta- tistics and tax-exempt returns to measure the eco- nomic and social benefits derived from association activities and shows the contributions associations make to improve social conditions and quality of life. Associations Matter Report Shows Big Impact Highlights of the Associations Matter report: ■The number of trade and professional associations and charitable organizations has increased 3.4 percent since 2001. ■Membership organizations employed more than 1.2 million in 2009. ■Membership organizations generated a payroll of nearly $47 billion in 2010. ■Of the 63 million people who volunteered in the United States between September 2009 and Sep- tember 2010, more than 18 million volunteered through a membership organization. ■ MOTIV A TIONAL TRA V EL: Substational Increase Expected In Next 3 Years The Site International Foundation has released its Site Index: Annual Survey 2012, which offers insights in the business performance of the motivational events industry. Results reflect "a stable situation with minor fluctuations since the last annual survey, and also con- veys an optimistic outlook for the industry with 89 percent of respondents citing that the overall use of motivational travel will in- crease or substantially increase in one to three years," said Stephen Powell, 2012 Site International Foundation president and senior vice president of worldwide sales for InterContinental Hotels Group. "What makes the optimism in this Site Index release interesting is that participants represent the pulse of 25 countries," Powell said. "Recent world news has done a fairly good job of painting a less than positive picture but we know that for businesses to take a giant leap forward they must motivate and reward top em- ployees and partners in their distribution networks." Site Index Top Findings: ■ 62 percent of respondents indicated that smart/mobile technology is very important or important during a program. ■ Capturing customer attention may be changing once again as the effectiveness of communica- tion like emails, newsletters and telephone calls all declined considerably. www.con v Visit to download the full report. Planes Expand Overhead Bins MINNEAPOLIS—Overhead bins on passenger planes are getting bigger, according to a recent report by the Associ- ated Press. ■ The use of technology platforms and transactions continues to increase as 46 percent of respondents predict the use of online booking systems for group services will increase or substantially increase over the next six months. ■ Packed planes and a high volume of carry-ons are forc- ing airlines to expand the space above a passengerʼs head. United and Delta are the latest airlines to replace or upgrade bins so they hold more luggage. And engineers at Boeing are designing jet interiors with todayʼs bulkier luggage in mind. The percentage of passen- gers bringing bags on board has hovered around 87 per- cent in recent years, said Scott OʼLeary, managing director of customer solutions at United Continental Holdings Inc, noting that the size of the carry-on bags have also increased. "They are stretch- ing the limits of their bags." ■ MARCH 2012 ConventionSouth 7 Subscribe Advertise Contact ▲ in the air:

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