The 1st btTB Annual Conference was held in March 2000, making 2019 the 20th Anniversary for ANZ’s leading business travel event. Throughout this time, btTB has pursued its mission to help corporate travel buyers chart a course towards best-practice travel management.
While the intervening years have seen significant changes in some respects, there has been remarkably little in others. Technology and supply markets have of course evolved, but the fundamental principles behind good travel procurement and management have largely stayed the same.
While it is twenty years for btTB, it is the third year for the btTB-GBTA Partnership. In 2017 The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, partnered with btTB to deliver world-class education and networking opportunities to the business travel community in the region.
The theme for the 2019 btTB-GBTA Annual Conference was ‘Bringing it all Together’. Travel managers have a broad range of issues to face in managing a successful programme. Balancing the needs and wants of multiple stakeholders, while managing relationships with an often opaque supply chain and staying on top of constant technology developments, presents a complex set of challenges for travel category managers. Over two days, the programme addressed many of these challenges, both directly and indirectly, assisting both buyers and their suppliers to better understand what they need to do to ‘Bring it all together’.
With presentations from many of the region’s leading experts, hands-on accounts from buyer practitioners and updates from suppliers, the event served as an ideal introduction for novices, a timely refresher for those who have been in the role for a while and an opportunity for all to network, benchmark and push the boundaries.
Stream A on the seminars programme was designed for those relatively new to the category. It addressed those core principles that all travel managers should be on top of. Streams B & C did not have a specific focus.
While the knowledge sessions provided direct insights into best practice travel management and market changes, the extensive trade show provided buyers with a great opportunity to view latest offerings from a diverse range of suppliers.
“As a global organization, GBTA is committed to delivering world-class education, events and research for travel professionals around the world,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA Executive Director and COO.
“Australia and New Zealand are important markets for the business travel industry and this partnership with btTB provides us the opportunity to not only provide education to travel professionals in the region, but also to provide them with a platform through which their voice can be heard.”
BTTB has been the premier provider of information, education and networking opportunities to the business travel community in the ANZ region for 17 years. BTTB launched the regions longest running dedicated travel management magazine, Business Travel Monthly, in 1999 and in 2000 staged the first BTTB Conferences and exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand. While publication of Business Travel Monthly ceased in 2013, the BTTB Australia Annual Conference continued through to 2016 as the leading event for buyers, suppliers and managers of corporate travel. The BTTB Australia event will now be replaced by the combined BTTB-GBTA Annual Conference.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 7,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA and the GBTA Foundation deliver world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts.