Welcome to the July 2019 issue of the btTB-GBTA Business Travel Quarterly. In this edition, our lead article is an interview with the brand new CEO of Virgin Australia Paul Scurrah. We ask him about his plans for the airline and his impressions upon returning to the travel industry.
The News section is a necessary read. It covers two big events regarding Qantas; the rollout of their new QDP distribution channel, and their joint-venture with American Airlines. Hotels are also featured.
Kate Read from the City of Sydney gives us the reasons and the means for making environmental impact a major factor in accommodation selection.
In “Beyond The Marble Lobby”, Martin Kelly of Traveltrends discusses the sometimes overlooked area of regional and remote accommodation.
We also have an interview with the Executive Director of HRS Jon West where we ask him for his thoughts and recommendations regarding hotel procurement.
And my piece this issue is an argument in favour of running a sufficiently thorough TMC tender as a keystone process of good travel management. We hope it is of interest, and that it helps you to herd the travel category cats.
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.