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Podcast: Data is the Foundation of All Negotiations

This week’s episode of The Business of Travel focuses on all things to do with travel data. We discuss the sheer amount of data available and how technology is changing the game. Several industry experts on the supplier side joined us to share their insights as well as two GBTA buyer members who shared their best practices on how they use data to build better travel programs.

Featured experts on this week's podcast episode include:

  • Andres Fabris, Founder & CEO, Traxo

  • Mat Orrego, CEO & Co-Founder, Cornerstone Information Systems

  • Mike Daly, Senior Vice President of Sales, Freebird

  • Peggy Studer, Vice President Marketing, RoomIt by CWT

  • Jami Stapelmann, Executive Director for Global Travel and Meetings, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

  • Leslie Andrews, Global Travel Category Manager, CDK Global  

 

 

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Podcast: No Appetite for a No-Deal Brexit

Last week, GBTA and ITM hosted the inaugural Strategic Meetings Management Symposium in London featuring keynoter Gillian Keegan, Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Chichester. A travel industry veteran, she shared her unique perspective on the outlook for the business travel industry in a post-Brexit world.

On today’s episode of The Business of Travel, hear excerpts from her remarks followed by a one-on-one interview with GBTA Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick. Mike and Gillian discuss how she got into politics from the travel world, the path forward for Brexit and the impact on business travel and business in general.

 

 

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Podcast: 2019 Trends: Sustainability, Security and Simple Meetings

The Business of Travel is back. We are kicking off ‘season two’ of GBTA’s official podcast with today’s episode featuring three GBTA members sharing the top business travel trends to look out for in 2019 around sustainability, security and simple meetings.

 

 

Episode guests include:

Aurora Dawn Benton
Founder & CEO, Astrapto
GBTA Sustainability & Responsibility Committee Member

Erin L. Wilk
Global Security Travel Safety Manager & Interim Head of Internal Communications for Global Security, Facebook
GBTA Board Member

Charles de Gaspe Beaubien
President & CEO, Groupize
GBTA Meetings Committee Member

 

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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: The Current Status of REAL ID – Is Your State Compliant?

This week’s episode of The Business of Travel features a recent GBTA webinar on the REAL ID Act. Steve Yonkers, Director of the REAL ID Program for the Department of Homeland Security, provides an update on the implementation of REAL ID giving you an understanding on what states are still not compliant and what progress is being made, as well as how REAL ID applies to state issued driver’s licenses and ID cards and what alternatives there are for identification at security checkpoints if your state is not compliant.

This episode is presented by the GBTA Government Relations Committee in an effort to keep you up to date as more unfolds on REAL ID and to minimize any disruption for your travelers.

 

 

For more information, you can visit the DHS REAL ID website.

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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: 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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