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The culmination of the GBTA Ladders season is an awe-inspiring Summit that brings together professionals from across the industry to learn, network, and innovate. Through powerful presentations and global networking opportunities, the Summit aims to inspire current and future business travel leaders to drive positive change and shape the future of the industry.

Experience the full value of the Ladders program at the Ladders Summit! This is an opportunity for you to:

  • Collaborate with current industry leaders and rising top talent in a supportive and dynamic environment.
  • Be inspired by project presentations that will showcase transformative ideas and concepts generated by Ladders teams.
  • Access content that will help you grow both personally and professionally and advance within the industry.
  • Build strong connections with other members of Ladders teams and expand your network.
  • Meet and learn from industry leaders who can provide you with valuable insights and advice, and help you take your career to the next level.

Participants include:

  • GBTA Ladders Season 10 participants – Mentors, Mentees, Alumni Advisors, Committee volunteers, and Advisory Board members
  • GBTA Ladders alumni
  • GBTA representatives
  • Keynote speaker and expert guests from outside the program

Don’t miss out on this incredible event! Join us in Chicago for the 2024 Ladders Summit!

Please note – this event is by invitation only

Agenda*

Season 10 Theme:
Shaping The Future of Travel Through Radical Collaborations and Partnerships.

Collaboration between governments, travel industry stakeholders, and technology companies will be crucial in shaping the future of travel. This season we task teams to consider re-engineering the travel ecosystem through globalization, governance and partnerships to elevate traveler experiences. How can strategic partnerships help to expand the globalization of travel platforms? What will an embracement of AI look like and how can travel companies and governing bodies partner with this emerging technology? How can public and private parties come together to drive regulatory and infrastructural changes that the world desperately needs to increase travel efficiencies or to accelerate the transition to a greener future?

*Agenda/More detailed information to follow
(all times Central Daylight Time)

10:00 am – 5:00pm

Registration Open

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00pm – 1:10 pm

Welcome Remarks/Opening Session

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

SESSION – CEO PANEL – Radical Collaboration and Partnerships

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

SESSION – FOUNDATION PANEL

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Presentation: Finalist #1

3:15 pm – 3:40 pm

Networking Break

3:40 pm – 4:10 pm

Presentation: Finalist #2

4:10 pm – 5:10 pm

SESSION – ACE CALLWOOD – The Anatomy of a Good Idea – Inspiration driven by discipline

5:10 pm – 5:20 pm

Day 1 Closing

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Scavenger Hunt

8:30 pm – End

Informal Meet Up

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Welcome Day 2

9:15 am – 10:00 am

SESSION – The Making of a Manager 

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Presentation: Finalist #3

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Networking Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

SESSION – TBA

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm -1:30 pm

Presentation: Finalist #4

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

BREAKOUT INTRO

1:45 pm – 3:45 pm

SESSION – ROTATING BREAKOUTS (Three Sessions)

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Networking Break

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Submit your scores

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

SESSION -TBA

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Celebration Cocktail Reception

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

10 Year Celebration Dinner

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

10 Year Celebration “Afterglow” 

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Give Back Event

Afternoon

Departures

Location

The GBTA Ladders Summit 2024 will be held at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile

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633 N St Clair St, Chicago, IL 60611

A room block has been secured for the duration of the summit.  Hotel accommodations can be secured through the reservation link or by calling the Reservations Department at (877) 803-7534. Individuals must identify themselves as being with the group, GBTA Ladders Summit, at the time the reservation is made to receive the special group rate.

The reservation cut-off date is MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2024. Reservation requests received after this deadline date will be subject to availability and the prevailing rate.

Room Rates:

Single/Double, City View: $219.00 (plus applicable taxes, currently 17.4%)

The group rate will be available from 5/20 – 5/23/24. The group rate will also be available 3 days pre and post event, based on availability.  The hotel’s $23 daily Destination Fee will be waived for all GBTA Ladders attendees.

Hotel room, tax, incidentals, airfare and other expenses are the responsibility of the attendee.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM

Room Cancellation Policy

Room cancellations can be made no less than 72 hours prior to arrival without penalty.

United Airlines: 
United Airlines is a proud sponsor of the Ladders program and is offering flight discounts of 2-10% off retail fares for travel starting May 18 and ending May 26. To make flight reservations online please click on discount code ZPFD122351 .

MileagePlus members earn valuable miles for their travel when using the Meetings discount code. You may also call United Meetings Reservation Desk Monday – Friday at (800) 426-1122 for booking assistance. Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations. International customers may contact their local United Reservation Desk.

Delta Air Lines:
Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts (2-10%) for GBTA Ladders Summit

Please click here to book your flights. You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111*  Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EST) and refer to Meeting Event Code NM3MR

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

GBTA Ladders Summit 2024 Sponsorship Prospectus

Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your brand, generate leads and network with business travel professionals from across the country at the GBTA Ladders Summit.

Engage this select group of business travel professionals and join GBTA as a sponsor of the Ladders Summit 2024. Contact our sponsorship team with any questions.

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Premium Sponsorships

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 $12,000 USD$4,500 USD$3,000 USD
Logo recognition on GBTA website, official materials, and sponsor recognition banners*
Logo recognition at GBTA Ladders Education Session presentation at GBTA Convention
Complimentary Ladders Summit registrations to be redeemed by Tuesday, May 14411
Logo recognition on Dinner Food Station with designated theme, décor and cuisine assigned by GBTA  
Sponsor may provide one (1) pop-up banner to be displayed during sponsored dinner (at regional food station)  
One (1) 60-second video relevant to Ladders mission to be shown during Main Stage education session at GBTA Ladders Summit  
Two (2) minute speaking opportunity on Main Stage  
All-attendee registration list distributed one (1) time: (name, title, company, email)**  
One (1) VIP table during all Main Stage sessions (8 people per table)  
One (1) Daily News Brief (DNB) Takeover  

* If sponsor purchases multiple sponsorship opportunities at various tiers, sponsor will be recognized at the highest tier purchased sponsor level

**1 week post (May 29)  and subject to GDPR Compliance and GBTA Terms & Conditions

Additional Opportunities​

Ladders Give Back event provides opportunity for Ladders participants to volunteer their time and give back to their Summit community and selected local charity.  Sponsorship covers the cost of supplies for event activity.

You’ll also receive logo recognition on GBTA website, official materials, and sponsor recognition banners.*

$6,000

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  • Five (5) minute speaking opportunity on Main Stage
  • Two (2) complimentary Ladders Summit registrations to be redeemed by Tuesday, May 14
  • Logo recognition on GBTA website, official materials, and sponsor recognition banners*
  • One (1) VIP table during all Main Stage sessions (8 people per table)
  • Sponsor may provide two (2) pop-up banners to be displayed during sponsored Main Stage
  • All-attendee registration list distributed one (1) time: (name, title, company, email)**

$8,500

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  • Sponsor may provide one (1) pop-up banner to be displayed during sponsored lunch
  • Five (5) minute speaking opportunity on Main Stage
  • Three (3) complimentary Ladders Summit registrations to be redeemed by Tuesday, May 14
  • One (1) VIP table during all Main Stage sessions (8 people per table)
  • One (1) Daily News Brief (DNB) Takeover
  • Logo recognition on GBTA website, official materials, and sponsor recognition banners*
  • All-attendee registration list distributed one (1) time: (name, title, company, email)**

$10,000

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  • Three (3) minute speaking opportunity on Main Stage
  • Two (2) complimentary Ladders Summit registrations to be redeemed by Tuesday, May 14
  • Logo recognition on GBTA website, official materials, and sponsor recognition banners*
  • Sponsor may provide one (1) pop-up banner to be displayed during welcome reception*
  • Opportunity to place a sustainable giveaway at the Welcome Reception. Recommended quantity to be provided by GBTA
  • All-attendee registration list distributed one (1) time: (name, title, company, email)**

$7,500

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  • Sponsor may provide two (2) pop-up banners to be displayed during sponsored breakfast
  • One (1) 60-second video relevant to Ladders mission to be shown during breakfast at GBTA Ladders Summit
  • Logo recognition on GBTA website, official materials, and sponsor recognition banners*
  • Two (2) complimentary Ladders Summit registrations to be redeemed by Tuesday, May 14
  • All-attendee registration list distributed one (1) time: (name, title, company, email)**

$7,500

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  • Sponsor may provide two (2) pop-up banners to be displayed during sponsored breakfast
  • Logo recognition on signage provided by GBTA
  • Logo recognition on GBTA website, official materials, and sponsor recognition banners*
  • Two (2) complimentary Ladders Summit registrations to be redeemed by Tuesday, May 14
  • All-attendee registration list distributed one (1) time: (name, title, company, email)**

$5,000

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  • Afterglow Chicago party includes: Evening bar, dessert bar, DJ, late night coffee and donuts, and décor
  • Sponsor may provide two (2) pop-up banners to be displayed during the party
  • Five (5) minute speaking opportunity at Afterglow Chicago party
  • Five (5) complimentary Ladders Summit registrations to be redeemed by Tuesday, May 14
  • All-attendee registration list distributed one (1) time: (name, title, company, email)**
  • One (1) Daily News Brief (DNB) Takeover
  • Logo recognition on GBTA website, official materials, and sponsor recognition banners*
  • Custom branding for Afterglow sponsored provided by GBTA. Details to be discussed between sponsor and GBTA
  • Verbal mention and logo recognition during Afterglow Chicago Party
  • Logo recognition on one (1) LinkedIn post promoting Afterglow Chicago Party
  • Logo recognition on one (1) HTML email blast to registered attendees promoting Afterglow Chicago Party

$25,000

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  • Digital photo booth photos are instantly available to print or email. Photos will have co-branded “frame” with sponsor + GBTA’s logo and photo booth will be custom branded with the sponsor’s creative. Sponsor is encouraged to create an interactive atmosphere to complement the activation.
  • Includes attendant to manage booth
  • Opportunity to place a sustainable giveaway near the booth. Recommended quantity to be provided by GBTA
  • One (1) complimentary Ladders Summit registration to be redeemed by Tuesday, May 11
  • Logo recognition on GBTA website, official materials, and sponsor recognition banners.*

$4,500

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Contact Us

Registration

This event is by invitation only.

Registration is complimentary* to GBTA Ladders Participants.

If you need assistance in making the business case for attendance to your employers, we have created this document detailing the benefits of Ladders Summit for your use.

*You must be a member of GBTA in good standing to attend the Ladders Summit.  If you need to renew your membership, please click here.

If you are not a current or past season Ladders Participant but are interested in attending Summit, please reach out to [email protected]

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Thank you to our generous sponsors

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Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Showcase your company as a passionate leader who invests in the future of the travel industry. Summit attendees are buyers and suppliers who are both veterans and rising stars alike. To download the Sponsorship Brochure, click here.