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Podcast: CEO Insights - An Interview with John Snyder, BCD Travel President & CEO

On this week’s episode of The Business of Travel, GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick talks with John Snyder, BCD Travel President and CEO, about the workforce in the business travel industry, innovation and engaging travelers.

 

 

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Podcast: ECPAT’s Efforts to Eliminate Child Trafficking

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel talks with Michelle Guelbart, Director of Private Sector Engagement for ECPAT-USA about ways the travel industry can help put an end to child trafficking. Michelle also discussed the importance of urging Congress to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

 

 

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Podcast: Solving Real Enterprise Problems Through AI

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel previews GBTA webinar content airing a recent session called Solving Real Enterprise Problems Through AI. Ryan Floersch from AppZen digs deeper into how and why these cultural shifts are forming. He will look at how AI is empowering managers to take control of team spend at a field level, giving them the ability to correct bad behavior and  improve their teams’ expense habits over time while avoiding unwanted ‘big brother’ conversations between managers and employees that only damage relationships and morale.

 

 

GBTA offers frequent webinars on a whole spectrum of topics covering the business travel industry. These timely and relevant presentations on issues impacting our industry are also interactive, allowing you to submit questions throughout and receive immediate feedback from the presenters.

Check out our calendar of upcoming webinars to see what’s coming soon. For GBTA members, if you miss out and can’t attend a session you are interested in, you can also access all of our archived webinars on the GBTA Hub.

 

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Podcast: Travel Payment Goes Virtual

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel talks business travel payment trends. Earlier this year, GBTA released a new research project, in partnership with AirPlus International, identifying key trends around travel payment.

For the podcast, Kathy Cantwell of AirPlus and the GBTA Payment Solutions Committee joined GBTA Senior Research Analyst Mark Sharoff to talk through some key highlights from the study and discuss the future of virtual payments.

 

 

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Podcast: GBTA Advocacy Update

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel talks with GBTA’s VP of Government Relations, Shane Downey. Shane provides updates on the latest advocacy efforts on the U.S. front including the FASTER Act, the PreCheck is PreCheck Act, Real ID and FAA Reauthorization.

 

 

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Podcast: GBTA Media Day

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel brings you a special extended episode featuring the breaking news announcements made live during GBTA Convention 2018 at Media Day. Media Day provides a platform for top travel companies to share their breaking news announcements featuring the latest products, partnerships and services across the business travel industry. This year nearly 30 companies participated, and industry expert Monisa Cline interviewed a spokesperson from each company at the GBTA Broadcast Studio. Check out the full list of companies here.

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Podcast: Leveraging Security and Travel to Build a Better Travel Risk Management Program

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel gives listeners a taste of one of our more than 170 education sessions that took place at GBTA Convention 2018 last month in San Diego. Attendees can access all of these sessions covering the gamut of top travel industry issues including duty of care, technology and innovation, procurement, sustainability and so much more with GBTA Convention 2018 On Demand.

This risk-focused education session, conducted in partnership with ASIS International, called Leveraging Security and Travel to Build a Better Travel Risk Management Program features Ben Coleman, Global Security Executive Services Manager for Facebook and GBTA Risk Committee member, focused on identifying the benefits of security and travel professionals partnering to develop and implement a best in class Travel Risk Management Program.

  

 

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Podcast: Live from Center Stage at GBTA Convention 2018 Part 2

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel once again revisits GBTA’s 50th Convention that just took place earlier this month in San Diego. Last week you heard our Monday Center Stage sessions and for today’s episode, we bring to you Tuesday’s industry sessions.

First, up you’ll hear from Kurt Ekert, CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, who led a panel of experienced travel buyers in a shift from typical GBTA Convention Center Stage sessions, which often put a supplier on the hot seat. Their discussion centered around the growing responsibilities for travel buyers and technology’s increasing role in travel management as buyers work to ensure duty of care responsibilities and cost-savings measures are in place, while also balancing individual traveler preferences and convenience.

Next up you’ll hear our final Center Stage panel which saw Guy Langford return as a moderator to GBTA Convention – he is Deloitte’s Vice Chairman of U.S. Transportation, Hospitality, & Services Leader and asked a panel of executives covering various sectors of the business travel industry if bigger really is better in the travel sector, prompting a discussion of advantages and disadvantages of industry consolidation.

 

 

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Podcast: Live from Center Stage at GBTA Convention 2018 Part 1

For this week’s episode, The Business of Travel takes you back to last week’s GBTA Convention. Hear all of Monday’s Center Stage sessions. First, up you’ll hear from Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson in a one-on-one interview with GBTA Executive Director and COO Mike McCormick as he shares his outlook on the business travel industry, the shakeup over group commissions and the company’s home-sharing strategy.

Next up is a panel featuring Successful Women Leading in Business Travel, moderated by GBTA’s Allied Member of the Year honoree and the SVP and Chief Marketing Officer of Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Dorothy Dowling. The panel of top female business travel executives share their insights on the unique challenges they faced as women arriving in leadership positions within their companies.

Wrapping up today’s episode, you’ll hear our final Monday Center Stage session where TSA Administrator David Pekoske and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan took the stage together for the first-time in an interview with McCormick. The two highlighted technology’s potential to dramatically increase security and passenger facilitation.

 

 

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Podcast: A Wrap on GBTA Convention 2018

As we wrap up another successful GBTA Convention, we take a behind-the-scenes-look into what goes into planning such a massive event with Liz Huh, GBTA SVP of Global Operations. Next up, Heather Haley, GBTA VP of Sales Operations in Supplier Strategies, shares Convention highlights.

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