GBTA Convention 2019 to Feature NDC Discussion on Center Stage

Alexandria, VA (July 24, 2019) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today unveiled another Center Stage panel in an exciting line-up of compelling content for GBTA Convention 2019, held August 3-7 in Chicago. The session is made possible by Turkish Airlines.

The panel, The ABCs of NDC, will feature one of our industry’s hottest topics – New Distribution Capability (NDC). Travel buyers are facing new business models and new technology, while managing a new wave of business travelers. This informative discussion will answer all the questions you have been asking – or should be asking – when it comes to NDC.

The panel will be moderated by Rita Visser, GBTA Board Vice President, on Tuesday August 6 at 11:15 AM. Panelists include:

  • Ann Dery, GLP, Director, Global Travel & Meetings/Global Procurement, GBS, S&P Global
  • Yanik Hoyles, Director, Industry Distribution Programs, IATA
  • Ilia Kostov, Senior Vice President Global TMCs and Americas Business Travel Agencies, Amadeus
  • Jack J. Lever, Global Travel Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Jeff Lobl, Managing Director – Global Distribution and Omnichannel Strategy Delta, Delta Airlines

“NDC is increasingly the talk of the travel industry, and our panelists will highlight the impact the evolution of NDC will have on travel buyers and their programs,” said Christle Johnson, GBTA President.

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 remains open. More info on programs and speakers will be unveiled throughout the coming weeks. For the latest developments and more information, please visit gbta.org/convention.

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 10,000-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 gbta.org.


Colleen Lerro Gallagher, +1 703-236-1133,
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Jackie Solis, +1 703-236-1168, [email protected]