In this bumper issue, we take a look at the brave new world in an interview with leading industry technologist and futurist Johhny Thorsen. Johnny has helped create and manage a several new systems over the past twenty years in his own companies and within other large travel IT firms. He discusses NDC, Blockchain and AI. We’ll be hearing other thoughts on these areas in the next edition of BTQ. Johnny will be at the National Conference in Sydney on May 8th and 9th.
Next in line, yours truly runs through a several client-unfriendly practices that can occur in the supply chain; things that cost you to watch out for and avoid.
We then get a healthy serving of frank, nuts-and-bolts advice on hotel negotiation and management from a veteran in that sector, Jakki Govan. Jakki recently started her own consultancy after years of senior management positions with leading hotels and hotel chains.
Finally, the word of an experienced buyer. Zarina Carty has been a senior procurement manager with Santos and Schneider Electric. At Santos, she managed a complex portfolio of supply categories across large and diverse operations. She is also an expert in corporate travel management. She discusses broader expense management data, and the power of good top-down compliance reporting.
We are well into our series of Regional Seminars across the region, having run the event in Adelaide, Melbourne and Auckland. Next are Brisbane and Perth. In this series, we tackle uses for travel data, TMC fees and financials, and “Value or Price?” 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 and Voyager ATPI. The next series will be run in the second half of 2018.
Please let me know if there is an issue or a topic that you’d like to see covered in our seminars, our conferences, or here in BTQ.
I hope you enjoy this edition of Business Travel Quarterly. The next issue will be in May.
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.