News Release


 GBTA Announces Turkish Airlines Chairman Ilker Ayci as Featured Speaker at GBTA Convention 2017 

 

Alexandria, VA (March 2, 2017) The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced Turkish Airlines Chairman Ilker Ayci will be a featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2017, July 15-19 in Boston. A one-on-one interview with Ilker Ayci will take place at Center Stage on Monday, July 17.

 

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Ilker Ayci to the stage at GBTA Convention 2017,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO. “The Turkish Airlines story that began 82 years ago with just five planes, and is now the story of an airline serving more countries across the globe than any other, is sure to entertain and inform our attendees.”

 

Ilker Ayci was named Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines Inc. in 2015. Honored by Skytrax as Europe’s Best Airline for six-years running now, Turkish Airlines is Turkey’s flagship carrier flying to over 290 cities in 116 countries.

 

Ayci previously served as the Vice President and President of the World Association of Investment Agencies between 2013 -2015 and the President of The Investment, Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey between 2011-2015. He holds numerous board positions at organizations such as the Insurance and Re-insurance Association of Turkey, the Turkish-Chinese Business Council in Foreign Economic Relations Board, Vakıf Emeklilik A.Ş, Güneş Sigorta Sports Club (2008 European Challenge Cup champions) and the Turkish Airlines Sports Club.

 

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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