Welcome to Business Travel Quarterly, the e-zine of btTB/GBTA for corporate travel managers in Australia and New Zealand.
In this issue we continue probing the thoughts of industry leaders in an interview with Flight Centre Managing Director Graham “Skroo” Turner who, among other things, has over the past fifteen years built a large global TMC. Then we hear from the person in charge of the region’s biggest travel expenditure, Kate McKay from the Australian Government Department of Finance. Kate and her team at WoAG won the 2017 Travel Manager of the Year award. She discusses why travel is important, areas where savings and efficiencies can best be achieved, and benefits of collaboration in travel procurement.
Next up is a useful article by global risk management firm International SOS that looks at assessing and managing the risks of “share economy” accommodation. With hotel availability lower and rates higher in many cities, this is increasingly important.
We finish with some ponderings by yours truly about attacking the bigger savings potential that lies beneath the surface of TMC arrangements, and the benefits of having good business outcomes as the main goal of travel management.
We are well into our series of half-day events across the region, having run the event in Adelaide, Melbourne, Auckland, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. In this series, we have tackled stakeholder engagement, hotel procurement and new technology. Thank you to all our attendees, and we hope you made some good contacts and took home practical and useful information. And thank you to our sponsors; CTM, FCM, Stamford Hotels and Voyager ATPI. The second series will be run in the first half of 2018. Please let me know if there is an issue or topic that you’d like to see covered.
I hope you enjoy this edition of Business Travel Quarterly. The next issue will be in February.
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.