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Podcast: GBTA Innovation Series in Partnership with Phocuswright Part 1

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel, highlights GBTA’s Innovation Series in Partnership with Phocuswright. You’ll hear from the first three finalists in our online competition on the road to being named the “Best Innovator in Business Travel” at GBTA Convention 2018.

Hear Tripgrid, lumo and Stay22 all deliver their six-minute pitches on why they deserve to be named the top innovator.

 

 

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Podcast: The Challenges of Security in Today’s Volatile World

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel, GBTA previews an upcoming Center Stage session at Convention 2018 focused on safety and security in today’s volatile world while looking back on our Conference in Toronto where GBTA Executive Director and COO Mike McCormick interviewed officials from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and the Canadian Border Service Agency.

 

 

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Podcast: GBTA Storms Capitol Hill

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel, broadcasts live from our 16th annual Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. Hear from GBTA’s Shane Downey on the issues more than 100 GBTA members will be taking to Capitol Hill today followed by interviews with several current and former members of Congress.

 

 

More on what you’ll hear this episode:

Shane Downey outlines three issues impacting business travel that GBTA members are discussing today during meetings with their Senators and Representatives:

  • Delivering the message to Congress on just how powerful business travel is as an economic driver. Learn more here.

  • Asking Congress to pass a 5-year FAA Bill instead of just another extenstion – and that the bill does not increase the PFC charge, but does include a provision to keep cell phone voice calls off planes.

  • Asking members of Congress to co-sponsor the FASTER Act to support using the entire 9-11 aviation security fee for airport security and passenger facilitation to keep air travel safe.


Next up Mike McCormick interviews former Reps. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Al Wynn (D-MD) on navigating the partisan divide.

The show wraps with interviews with the 2018 GBTA Navigator Award honorees. The Navigator Award honors Senators and Representatives who have been strong champions for business travelers and the business travel industry.

 

Rep. John Katko (R-NY)

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)

Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO)

 

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Podcast: Recruiting and Retaining Talent Without Breaking the Travel Budget

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel, explores the link between travel policy and employee recruitment and retention. Learn about the latest GBTA research on the topic then hear from Dan Ruch, Founder and CEO of Rocketrip, as he shares his take on traveler-centric solutions companies can embrace without hurting their bottom line. Krista Pappas, VP of Business Development for Lola, closes out the show with a discussion on why the travel experience matters and what travel policy has to do with that.
 


 

Do you have a good story to tell when it comes to recruiting and retaining talent without breaking the travel budget? Comment below or share your story via email with Colleen Gallgaher at GBTA and you may be featured on a future episode of The Business of Travel.

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Podcast: What Does GDPR Even Mean Anyways?

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel, talks all things GDPR. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to go into effect this Friday, May 25, 2018. First up, Ed Barrett, GBTA’s chief marketing officer, talks about what GDPR is, how it impacts organizations and details GBTA’s steps toward GDPR compliance.

Next on the podcast, Hannah Jaffee, GBTA research analyst, shares data from a joint research project with Cvent designed to gauge how professionals in the travel, meetings and events industries are feeling about GDPR and their companies’ readiness.  She also shares insight from the research on what travel professionals are currently doing around GDPR and best practices for compliance in a post-GDPR world.


 

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Looking for more resources on GDPR? GBTA members can download these webinars for free when logged into our GBTA Hub:

GDPR: What Travel Professionals Outside Of The EU Should Know

GDPR: What It Is And What It Means For Your Travel Programme


There is also still time to register for today’s webinar presented by GBTA and Cvent:

Gearing Up for GDPR - Confidence, Concern, and Best Practices for Compliance
Wednesday, May 23 at 2pm ET


Podcast: #LadderUp – Live from the GBTA Ladders Summit

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel hits the road and records on location in Miami at the GBTA Ladders Summit. The Summit brings together members of the Ladders program – GBTA’s unique spin on a mentorship program – designed to bolster the future leaders of our industry.

 

 

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Podcast: Highlights From GBTA Conference 2018 – Toronto Part 2

The latest episode of The Business of Travel returns its focus to Canada, featuring clips from the final sessions of GBTA’s recent conference in Toronto. We also interview Nancy Tudorache, director of operations for GBTA in Canada, about the most impactful trends facing today’s business travel industry and what to expect from GBTA in Canada for the rest of 2018.

 

 

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Podcast: How Improving the Traveler Experience Can Boost Travel Policy Compliance

On the latest episode of The Business of Travel, GBTA dives into the traveler experience. First up, Jeanne Liu highlights GBTA research findings that show the connection between traveler satisfaction and travel policy compliance. Next, Jason Moskal, Global Vice President of Hotel Indigo and Even Hotels Brands for IHG, shares EVEN Hotels efforts and lessons learned in building a brand around creating the best possible travel experience.

 

 

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Podcast: Celebrating National Business Traveler Day

The inaugural National Business Traveler Day took place this Tuesday, April 24th. Upside Business Travel led this initiative celebrating business travelers as the unspoken heroes of the American economy. Our research shows business travel spending alone represents 3 percent of national GDP - comparable to the entire domestic auto industry – and that’s nothing compared to how road warrior time on the road helps our companies grow.

National Business Traveler Day events took place across the country from JFK to SFO and O’Hare to LAX. The GBTA podcast hit the road again this week to take part in the festivities from New York City where Skift’s Andrew Sheivachman moderated a panel on the changing face of today’s business travelers.

GBTA caught up with Andrew and the panelists among the crowd and buzz around #NBTDay for highlights from the panel discussion and their take on the importance of National Business Traveler Day. Jay Walker, Chairman of Upside Business Travel and founder of Priceline; Leiti Hsu, Cofounder, Journy and Partner & Editorial Director, Word of Mouth; and Wendy Longwood, Chief Operating Officer, Dress for Success Worldwide all shared their insights on this week’s episode of The Business of Travel.

 

 

National Business Traveler Day Panel

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Podcast: Live Highlights from GBTA Conference 2018 - Toronto

On the latest episode of The Business of Travel, GBTA shares highlights from GBTA Conference 2018 – Toronto as it happens. First, hear from Nancy Tudorache, Director of Operations for GBTA in Canada. Next, listen to clips from Centre Stage sessions on procurement, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, technology, diversity in the workplace and the luncheon keynote featuring Lily Jamali of Bloomberg Canada.

 

 

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