The 2024 Call for Proposals has closed!

Thank you to all submitters for compiling and contributing your ideas to be considered for the GBTA 2024 Convention education session program.

What comes next? All proposals undergo a thorough double-blinded review process conducted by more than 80 volunteers who make up the Peer Review Council. These volunteers are comprised of your industry peers, including business travel experts and representatives from GBTA’s membership.

The comprehensive two-round review will begin in January and run through March. Notifications on the status of your proposal will be sent by the end of March, with session development officially kicking off in April.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Are you a travel buyer interested in contributing your perspective and expertise to an education session? Fill out this form!
Note: Education session development and speaker sourcing begins in April 2024.

FAQs

Note: You may only select ONE topic area per proposal.

  • Accommodations (includes transient, long-term housing and home sharing)
  • Career and Personal Development (includes leadership, sales, health and wellness)
  • Data Analytics & Distribution
  • Human Resources & Stakeholder Management (includes communication, policy, DEI initiatives)
  • Meetings & Events
  • Payment Solutions
  • Procurement & Sourcing (includes cost control)
  • Risk Management/Duty of Care
  • Small-Mid Market Enterprises (SME)
  • Sustainability
  • Technology/Innovation (includes AI and machine learning)
  • Transportation & Mobility (includes air, ground and rail transportation)

Next year’s GBTA Convention is July 22-24, 2024, which requires GBTA to accelerate the Call for Proposals deadlines and peer review timeline.

No, speakers participate on a voluntary basis and do not receive compensation. Speakers must register for the Convention, and they are responsible for their own T&E.
Speakers are offered a discounted Full Convention registration rate.

The GBTA Convention draws business travel professionals from around the world, working in all different sectors of the industry, ranging from industry buyers and suppliers to finance, procurement, and HR Professionals. Presentations should apply to executives, owners, directors, mid-level managers, and first-time Convention attendees. Although we draw some professionals relatively new to the business travel industry, keep in mind that the balance of the Convention audience is comprised of experienced professionals committed to life-long learning. They seek high-level educational opportunities, and we are committed to providing them.

The acceptance rate varies from year to year.
History:

  • 2023: Received 375 proposals and accepted 18%.
  • 2022: Received 330 proposals and accepted 26%.

GBTA encourages submitters to keep “Quality Over Quantity” in mind to develop 1-2 thoughtful proposals.

The GBTA Convention draws business travel professionals from around the world, working in all different sectors of the industry, ranging from industry buyers and suppliers to finance, procurement, and HR Professionals. Presentations should apply to executives, owners, directors, mid-level managers, and first-time Convention attendees. Although we draw some professionals relatively new to the business travel industry, keep in mind that the balance of the Convention audience is comprised of experienced professionals committed to life-long learning. They seek high-level educational opportunities, and we are committed to providing them.

  • All proposals are submitted into a double-blinded review process that is completed by a group of volunteers, made up of your industry peers (business travel experts and representatives of the GBTA membership), who are a part of a Peer Review Council (PRC).
  • The proposals are then twice scored by the PRC, followed by an in-person meeting to discuss all the proposals at length and make the final selections for the education program.
  • Members of the PRC do not have the ability to score their own presentation submissions. GBTA Staff does not review or score proposal submissions.
  • Content Relevance to Business Travel and the Current Environment
  • Compelling Title and Session Description
  • Learning Outcomes and Takeaways for the Audience
  • Uniqueness of Proposed Content
  • Overall Quality of Proposal

Yes, we welcome proposals from buyer and supplier or allied businesses. However, proposals that sound like advertisements of a product or service will not be accepted. If you are a supplier of products or services, be sure your proposal focuses on a relevant topic, concept, or idea – not one of your products or services.

All submitters will receive email notification of the PRC’s decision regarding their proposal by the end March 2024

GBTA Convention 2024 will be in Atlanta, GA on July 22-24