Welcome to the October 2018 edition of Business Travel Quarterly. Since the last issue, we’ve had the GBTA Global Convention in San Diego, the world’s largest business travel event with over 7,000 attendees and nearly 500 exhibitors.
We get a report on the event from the man himself, the COO and Executive Director of the GBTA, Mike McCormick.
American Express GBT has undergone more changes than just its name and ownership structure in recent years. It has also made a number of acquisitions and technology moves. We have a Q&A with Regional Vice President & General Manager, Australia and South Asia, Jo Sully.
My contribution this issue is to give a quick rundown of the several types of audit available to travel managers, and their uses.
Then we do something a little different. Nigel Wardropper, who runs PASA and btTB, regularly remarks how little the basic issues and topics related to travel management have really changed over the past ten or twenty years. So we decided to put it to the test by going back to issues of Business Travel Monthly and having a look at the articles. Nigel is right. Most of the pieces regarding technology are outdated. But most of the others are not. So, we’ve reprinted one of the best from 2008.
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.