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Podcast: Live From Berlin: The Future of Aviation

This week’s episode of The Business of Travel comes to you once again from GBTA Conference 2018 Berlin in Partnership with VDR. Hear the Airline C-Level Panel - The 2020 Vision On Aviation, which took place on Centre Stage during the Conference featuring execs from Finnair, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic sharing their thoughts on the future of aviation.  

 

 

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Podcast: Live From Berlin: One on One Interview With Konstantin Sixt

This week’s episode of The Business of Travel comes to you from GBTA Conference 2018 Berlin in Partnership with VDR. GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick interviews Konstantin Sixt of Sixt. The discussion focuses on the future of mobility, challenges facing ground transportation and the future of Sixt as a company.

 

 

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Podcast: Critical Thinking, Intuition and Innovation

As part of GBTA’s professional development opportunities, we offer the Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Program in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. It is the only masters-level course for travel professionals, and the strategic curriculum uses an interdisciplinary approach that addresses both the opportunities and challenges of conducting business in today’s evolving environment.

GBTA’s Professional Development team recently hosted one of the GLP courses called Critical Thinking, Intuition and Innovation at our headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C. As part of the two-day program participants learned methods to map out risks, rewards and varying outcomes to be able to logically assess the consequences of their choices and allow them to make more confident, profitable decisions, while creating better products, processes and services for their customers.

The course was taught by Robert Carraway, Associate Professor of Business Administration at UVA’s The Darden School. For this week’s episode of The Business of Travel, Professor Carraway joins us to talk about executive education, critical thinking and innovation.

 

 

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Podcast: Why the FAA Reauthorization is a Win for Business Travel

On this week’s episode of The Business of Travel, GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick talks with Shane Downey, GBTA Vice President of Government Relations, along with Todd Webster of Cornerstone Government Affairs for an in-depth discussion on the recently passed FAA Reauthorization Bill and what it means for business travel.

 

 

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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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Grow Your Network with GBTA Ladders

Today is your last day to submit an application to become a mentee for the 2018-2019 season of Ladders.

GBTA Ladders lets you take the next step in your career. It’s a unique team mentor program that combines the right talent, a fresh vision and exclusive mentorship to help you develop your career and climb to the top. It affords members an opportunity to not only expand your professional development within the travel and meetings industry, but to also gain true lifelong colleagues & friends.

The winning team from our 2017-2018 season joined us at the GBTA Broadcast Studio at Convention this year to share their experiences with the program and talk about why others should get involved. It is a great opportunity to expand your network and expand your influence within the industry.

Don’t miss out on your chance to get involved. To be considered, fill out the application today, September 28. For more information, please contact ladders@gbta.org.


The Ladders Experience

Last week on the blog you heard a Convention interview from the Ladders’ leadership team featuring details on how the global mentoring program works and its impact on our industry.
 

Want to learn more? Revisit our podcast episode recorded live onsite at the GBTA Ladders Summit this May. You’ll hear directly from mentees and mentors involved in the program for their take on the experience and how it has helped shape their views on industry trends and best practices.
 


Applications for new mentees for the 2018-2019 season are now being accepted. To be considered, fill out the application by Friday, September 28. For more information, please contact ladders@gbta.org.


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: 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: 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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