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Throwback Thursday with Hank Roeder

In less than 48 hours, GBTA Convention 2018 will be kicking off in San Diego! For our last Throwback Thursday post of the year, we brought former GBTA employee Hank Roeder into our offices to talk Convention history.

Choosing Host Cities

 

Hank’s Favorite Convention Memory

 

Famous Convention Speakers


Throwback Thursday: Celebrating 40 Years

Back in April, we took a look at GBTA’s 30th anniversary in Orlando. For this week’s throwback post, we highlight the 40th anniversary of the NBTA International Convention & Exposition in Los Angeles in 2008.

Visit the GBTA Blog every Thursday for more throwback posts! Interested in submitting your own memory for a chance to be featured at #GBTA2018 in San Diego? Here’s how. You can also share your Convention memories with us on Twitter using #TBT and tagging @GlobalBTA.


Celebrating 50 Years

Before going global in 2011, many of you know that GBTA was previously the National Business Travel Association (NBTA). However, not everyone will remember that NBTA was not the original name of the association. In 1968, the National Passenger Traffic Association (NPTA) was founded in New York City. Although we have come a long way since then, we will never forget our humble beginnings.

For 50 years, GBTA has provided a platform for managed travel professionals to share best practices, policies and solutions to the industry’s greatest issues. To commemorate this momentous occasion, we put together a timeline documenting major events in the business travel industry over several decades, in addition to milestones for our organization.

Take a look at the progression of our industry here. We look forward to Celebrating 50 Years with each and every one of you at GBTA Convention 2018 in San Diego!


Convention Memories - Part 6

Three weeks remain until the 50th anniversary of The Business Travel Event of the Year® kicks off in the beautiful and sunny San Diego! In honor of this big milestone, we’ve been encouraging past attendees to share their most impactful memories with us. If you’d like to get involved, submit your favorite Convention memories here.  

Connie Smith, McCain Foods

 

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Convention Memories - Part 5

In just one month, GBTA Convention 2018 will be underway in San Diego! In order to celebrate our upcoming 50th anniversary, we’ve been encouraging past attendees to share their favorite and most impactful memories with us. If you’d like to get involved in commemorating this momentous occasion, submit your favorite Convention memories here.

 

Kevin Iwamoto, GoldSpring Consulting


 

Stephen Gheerow, Ford Foundation

 

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Throwback Thursday: Becoming GBTA

2011 was quite a chaotic year – it marked the Egyptian revolution ending the decades-long presidency of Hosni Mubarak, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in New Zealand, a weeks-long nuclear crisis in Fukushima and the deaths of Osama Bin Laden, Kim Jong-il and Steve Jobs. BBC appropriately coined it “the year when a lot happened”.

On a lighter note, 2011 also marked a big change for our organization. In order to reflect the global nature of our operations, the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) became the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in February of that year. Executive Director & COO Mike McCormick and former President Craig Banikowski announced the change and laid out the vision for the organization’s future at the 2010 NBTA International Convention & Exposition in Houston.

As we look ahead to our 50th annual Convention in San Diego this summer, we also take this time to look back and reflect on the history of our industry. During “the year when a lot happened”, the travel industry was no stranger to chaos either. Among the things that happened in 2011:

  • January – Restrictions on Americans’ travel to Cuba were eased (The New York Times)
  • March – The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong opens, claiming the title of world’s tallest hotel (CNN)
  • September – Inbound tourism to the Middle East declines in the wake of protests and revolutions associated with the Arab Spring (Euromonitor International)
  • October – The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world’s first carbon-composite passenger jet, makes its commercial debut by flying travelers from Tokyo to Hong Kong (Reuters)
  • November – American Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection in the face of higher fuel prices and reduced demand for travel (Reuters)

For more on the happenings of 2011, check out the Top 10 Everything of 2011 by TIME.  

Stay tuned every Thursday for more throwback posts. Interested in submitting your own memory for a chance to be featured at #GBTA2018 in San Diego? Here’s how. You can also share your Convention memories with us on Twitter using #TBT and tagging @GlobalBTA. Visit the GBTA Blog every Thursday for more throwback posts!


The Evolution of Travel

The next time you find yourself irritated because of a delayed flight, put yourself in the shoes of a traveler in the early 1900s. Before the era of mass air travel began, travelers relied primarily on ocean liners for long-distance journeys, and Low-Tech Magazine notes a trip from London to New York would take three days and 12 hours to complete. Today, that trip takes as little as seven hours and 40 minutes, thanks to the commercialization of airplanes.

From horse-drawn carriages in the 18th century to gas-powered automobiles in the 19th century to flying around the world at a moment’s notice today, the way we get around has altered dramatically. The below timeline highlights a few milestones throughout the history of travel, courtesy of the University of Houston, CNN, Motor Trend, and Daimler.

 

1769 – Nicolas Cugnot invents the first steam-powered automobile capable of human transport

Steam-powered car invented by Nicolas Joseph Cugnot

Image Source: PBS LearningMedia

 

1885 – Karl Benz creates the first gas-powered automobile 

The original "Benz Patent Motor Car", 1886 - the world's first automobile

Image Source: Daimler

 

1903 – Orville and Wilbur Wright made history by completing the first-ever manned, heavier-than-air flight

https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/wright-brothers/online/images/fly/1903_banner_right.jpg

Image Source: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

 

1952 – The de Havilland Aircraft Company debuted the world’s first commercial jet flight, a 23-hour trip between London and Johannesburg

Image Source: Finding Dulcinea

 

1964 – Japan launches the bullet train, a high-speed rail that reaches up to 210 km per hour

World's first bullet train, made in Japan, turns 50

Image Source: Phys.org

 

1969 – The first Boeing 747 flight took off, traveling nearly twice as far as other commercial planes

Image Source: Aviation Week Network

 

1990 – Mazda produces the Eunos Cosmo, the first car with a built-in navigation system

https://st.motortrend.com/uploads/sites/5/2013/01/1993-Eunos-Mazda-Cosmo-front-left-view.jpg

Image Source: Motor Trend

 

1996 – The launch of booking site Expedia opened up the door for online travel bookings

Image Source: Tnooz

As travel has evolved and increasingly connected our world, so has our Association. Over the years, GBTA has provided a platform for managed travel professionals to share best practices, policies and solutions to the industry’s greatest issues. While these posts are meant to look back and reflect on our history, we look forward to what the future holds, for both our organization and the travel industry.

Visit the GBTA Blog every Thursday for more throwback posts! Interested in submitting a Convention memory for a chance to be featured at #GBTA2018 in San Diego? Here’s how. You can also share your Convention memories with us on Twitter using #TBT and tagging @GlobalBTA.


Throwback Thursday: Houston Ice Fishing Team

As we inch closer to our upcoming 50th anniversary of GBTA Convention, we continue to look back and celebrate our history through a series of weekly posts.

Nearly eight years ago, the 2010 NBTA International Convention & Exposition was held in Houston, known for its horrendously hot weather in the summer months. In the video below, former GBTA Executive VP Hank Roeder jokes that the Houston Ice Fishing Team would like to invite attendees to the event. As it turns out, we ended up confusing several legitimate ice fishing teams who didn't realize the video is a joke.

Luckily, the weather in San Diego is slightly more forgiving, and we look forward to celebrating this momentous occasion with all our attendees this summer.

Visit the GBTA Blog every Thursday for more throwback posts! Interested in submitting a Convention memory for a chance to be featured at #GBTA2018 in San Diego? Here’s how. You can also share your Convention memories with us on Twitter using #TBT and tagging @GlobalBTA.

 

 


The Lighter Side of Business Travel 2

Back when GBTA was still known as the National Business Travel Association (NBTA), we collaborated with The New Yorker to highlight a series of cartoons pertaining to corporate travel. Below are a couple cartoons from The Lighter Side of Business Travel. See more cartoons here.

Visit the GBTA Blog every Thursday for more throwback posts! Interested in submitting a Convention memory for a chance to be featured at #GBTA2018 in San Diego? Here’s how. You can also share your Convention memories with us on Twitter using #TBT and tagging @GlobalBTA.


Convention Memories - Part 4

Only 65 days remain until GBTA Convention 2018 kicks off in the beautiful and sunny San Diego! Here at the GBTA headquarters, we are hard at work prepping for the 50th anniversary of our annual event. In order to celebrate, we’ve been encouraging past attendees to share their favorite memories with us! If you’d like to get involved in commemorating this momentous occasion, submit your favorite Convention memories here.

 

Susan Clark, The Associated Press

 

Kevin Sullivan, Southwest Airlines

 

Teri Miller, BCD Travel and Jackie Stafford, Pfizer

 

Visit the GBTA Blog every Thursday for more throwback posts!

Interested in submitting your own memory for a chance to be featured at #GBTA2018 in San Diego? Here’s how. See more memories from past attendees: