GBTA Announces Center Stage Interview with Marriott International President & CEO Arne Sorenson at GBTA Convention 2018

Alexandria, VA (July 16, 2018) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced a special one-on-one session in its line-up of Center Stage content for the 50th edition of GBTA Convention, held August 11-15, 2018 in San Diego. This session is made possible by RoomIt by CWT.

Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson will take the stage on Monday, August 13 to share his outlook on the future of hospitality. He will provide insight on the progress of the integration of Starwood, the ever-changing hospitality marketplace and how hotel brands are changing to cater to today’s travelers during an interview with GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick.

“As we explore the future of hospitality, many questions arise for travel professionals including how far will the era of mergers and acquisitions go, will the proliferation of brands continue and more,” said Christle Johnson, GBTA president. “We look forward to Arne sharing his perspective on what hospitality leaders can do to differentiate themselves in today’s marketplace and what buyers need to know to build successful hotel programs in the future.”

Held at the San Diego Convention Center, GBTA Convention 2018 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 100 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 remains open. More info on programs and speakers will be unveiled throughout the coming weeks. For the latest developments and more information, please visit

Media registration is complimentary and available online. GBTA’s fourth annual Media Day on August 12, 2018 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. GBTA will also host a special cocktail reception for reporters made possible by Kenya Airways, Monday evening at 6:15 pm PDT.


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