Business Travel Workshop Series: Introduction to Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management


This event is complimentary for Travel Buyers.


This high-level, condensed version of GBTA’s 2-day professional development course, The Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management, will deliver an introduction to critical components of this curriculum in the key competencies required of business travel professionals, including; travel program administration, buyer and supplier relations, data analysis, and strategic business planning. As a Manager/Director-Level Education Program, this workshop is intended for both travel buyers overseeing a managed business travel program and suppliers offering travel-related products and services, appropriate for all levels of experience, however ideal for those with a minimum of three years of industry experience. Attendees of this afternoon segment will receive a certificate of completion for the introductory course, and a special offer to complete the full 2-day program offered in Toronto, in-conjunction with the GBTA Conference 2018 – Toronto, April 16-18, 2018. The Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management also provides learnings around the competencies that comprise the four domains of practice covered in the Global Travel Professional GTP designation examination.

For Full Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management program information, please visit: http://www.gbta.org/Education/Pages/apbtm.aspx

This series of half-day forums is intended to target individuals in each local market responsible for sourcing travel as a component of their job responsibilities. Within many companies, travel purchasing is often only one aspect of an individual’s job scope.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available




November 2

Novotel Toronto Mississauga
(West End/Airport)

November 3

Novotel Toronto Center

November 14

Fairmont Vancouver

November 16

Sofitel Montreal


11:30am – 12:30pm Networking Lunch and Registration
12:00pm – 3:00pm Business Travel Workshop (Part 1)
3:00pm – 3:30pm Coffee Break
3:30pm – 5:30pm Business Travel Workshop (Part 2)


Rick K. Wakida, CTE, CCTE, GLP, Global Travel Manager, Informatica

Rick Wakida began his career in corporate travel management in 1995 and has developed and managed travel programs for both public and private companies in various industries, including financial services, bio-pharmaceutical, telecommunications, software and semiconductor. He is a subject matter expert in global travel management, travel sourcing and procurement, expense report audits, commercial card programs and strategic meetings management.

Rick is an active leader in the industry, previously serving as President of the Silicon Valley BTA and Chairman of the NBTA Hotel Committee, and is currently Co-Chair of the GBTA Government Relations Committee. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA in Finance and, prior to entering travel management, worked for ten years in Finance at Bank of America.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Is your organization looking to connect with business travel buyers with a median travel spend between $10 and $20 million? All 2016 sponsoring organizations received positive net impact ratings and a majority of the attendees, unaided, were able to recall them.

Ready to sponsor or need expert advice on which opportunity is best for your organization? Fill out the form below and a member of our Sponsorship team will reach out to you shortly.

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Thank You to
Our Sponsors:

Accor Hotels 


Chrome River 



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