Bob Costas to Deliver Keynote at GBTA Convention 2019

Alexandria, VA (April 11, 2019) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced award-winning sportscaster, broadcaster, and best selling-author Bob Costas as its first featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2019, held August 3-7 in Chicago. Costas’ keynote address will take place at the Convention Arena Luncheon on Monday, August 5.

“We are very pleased to welcome Bob Costas to the stage at GBTA Convention 2019,” said Christle Johnson, GBTA president. “For over 40 years, Bob has been one of the most recognizable voices in broadcasting and will provide our attendees with poignant and insightful takeaways that he has left audiences with for decades.”

From the Baseball Game of the Week in the 1980s, through his hosting of the Olympics, the late-night interview program Later with Bob Costas, his programs on HBO and more, Bob Costas has been a prominent part of the coverage of every major sport over the past three decades. His thoughtful commentaries on a variety of issues have established him as one of his generation’s most distinctive voices.

Costas has won 28 Emmy awards – more than any sports broadcaster. His versatility has been recognized with awards and nominations in the categories of hosting, play-by-play, writing, journalism, news and entertainment. He is the only person ever to have won Emmy’s in news, sports and entertainment. His peers have named him the “National Sportscaster of the Year” a record eight times, and in 2012, he was elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. He is also one of only two sports broadcasters to be honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for distinction in journalism.

Held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, GBTA Convention 2019 will bring together over 7,000 business travel professionals from more than 50 countries across the globe. It will feature world-class keynote speakers, more than 175 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. More info on programs and speakers will be unveiled throughout 2019. For the latest developments and more information, please visit

Media registration is complimentary and available online. GBTA’s fifth annual Media Day on August 4, 2019 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.


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 delivers 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, visit

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