News Release


 GBTA Announces World Champion & Gold Medalist Michael Phelps as Featured Speaker at GBTA Convention 2017 

 

Alexandria, VA (February 7, 2017) The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced Michael Phelps will be a featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2017, July 15-19 in Boston. A conversation with Michael Phelps, one of the most decorated athletes in the history of sport, will take place at Convention Arena on Wednesday, July 19.

 

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Michael Phelps to the stage at GBTA Convention 2017,” said Michael W. McCormick. “Many athletes can win, but only a select few can truly dominate their sport like Michael Phelps has. Our attendees are sure to be entertained and inspired by his message of dream, plan and reach – an approach we can all take in our personal and professional lives.”

 

Michael Phelps is widely regarded as the most decorated athlete in history, capturing a total of 28 medals including a record-setting 23 gold medals, over the course of his swimming career. Phelps utilized his performance bonus for winning eight gold medals in 2008 to establish the Michael Phelps Foundation. Committed to growing the sport of swimming, the Foundation addresses the need for water-safety through its signature program – im – that is available through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Special Olympics International.

 

The most decorated swimmer in World Championships history, Phelps launched his own competitive swimwear brand – MP – in partnership with Aqua Sphere in 2014. He has published two autobiographies – No Limits: The Will to Success and Beneath the Surface – that were New York Times and USA Today best sellers, as well as published one children’s book – How to Train with a T-Rex and Win Eight Gold Medals. He is a highly regarded inspirational speaker, sharing his message of “Dream, Plan, Reach” with audiences ranging from children to business executives.

 

Held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, GBTA Convention 2017 will bring together nearly 7,000 business travel professionals from more than 50 countries across the globe. It will feature world-class keynote speakers, more than 80 industry-leading education sessions, the largest business travel expo floor, a wide selection of professional development opportunities and much more, providing attendees the opportunity for professional development and to get business done.

 

Attendee registration is open now. Register by March 7, 2017 to receive up to $500 in savings. More info on programs and speakers will be unveiled throughout 2017. For the latest developments and more information, please visit gbta.org/convention.

 

Media registration is complimentary and available online. GBTA’s third annual Media Day on July 16, 2017, will feature back-to-back news announcements throughout the morning from top travel companies around the world, giving media an exclusive pass to the latest travel industry news.  

 

CONTACT:         Colleen Lerro Gallagher, +1 703-236-1133, cgallagher@gbta.org     



About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 9,000-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. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth,
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