Welcome to the first edition of Business Travel Quarterly, the e-zine of btTB/GBTA for corporate travel managers in Australia and New Zealand.
As was clear at the Conference in Sydney in May, the pace of change in the industry is quickening. And so the theme for our first edition is, ‘The future’.
We feature an interview with CTM’s dynamo CEO Jamie Pherous. We also hear from Serko’s dynamic founder and CEO Darrin Grafton. Also with the crystal ball out is Telstra’s global travel manager Fiona Gribbon. Between them, we see that there are a lot of exciting new products and services on the horizon.
The fourth article in this edition, which looks at what travellers actually want, is based on some recent European market research by the GBTA. I’d encourage everyone, both buyers and suppliers, to become a GBTA member so that you can access the tremendous online resources of the GBTA Foundation.
We will soon be starting our half day educational and networking events across eight cities. These are also great value in terms of the information you receive and relationships you can develop.
I hope you enjoy the first edition of BTQ!
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.