Industry Executives to Discuss Geopolitical Disruption at GBTA Convention 2017

Alexandria, VA (June 22, 2017) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today unveiled another panel to be featured on Center Stage at GBTA Convention 2017, on Monday, July 17 in Boston. Geopolitical Disruptions Impacting Global Business Travel will feature leaders from four associations that intersect and influence corporate travel as they address current issues facing business travel and the global economy. This panel is made possible by Yapta.

Panelists include:

Tom Derry, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Supply Management (ISM)
Michael Gips, Chief Global Knowledge and Learning Officer, ASIS International
Lynn Shotwell, Executive Director, Council for Global Immigration
Peggy Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, Worldwide ERC®

“We are constantly faced with an array of geopolitical issues impacting the way we do our jobs as travel managers,” said Christle Johnson, GBTA President. “Risk and security, immigration, relocation and procurement are critical components of today’s corporate travel paradigm, and our panelists are sure to provide attendees useful industry insight on the current state of affairs and its impact on business travel.”

Held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, GBTA Convention 2017 will bring together nearly 7,000 business travel professionals from more than 50 countries across the globe. It will feature world-class keynote speakers, more than 70 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 2017. For the latest developments and more information, please visit

Media registration is complimentary. GBTA’s third annual Media Day on July 16, 2017, 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.

CONTACT: Colleen Gallagher line, +1 703-236-1133, [email protected] Marianne Varkiani, +1 703-236-1164, [email protected]

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 and the GBTA Foundation deliver 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,