Um vislumbre dos anos 1980

This summer represents a milestone for GBTA, as we will be celebrating our 50º annual Convention in August! In the lead-up, we’ve been sharing snippets of our history as well as the evolution of the business travel industry. Today’s Throwback Thursday post highlights a handful of mementos from the 1980s, during which the National Passenger Traffic Association (NPTA), as GBTA was known back then, officially became the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) in 1989.

1980 – Arlene D. Macchia commenced her role as NPTA President

1981 – Former NPTA President Ed Rathke at ITM Congress in Birmingham, England

NPTA President Ed Rathke at ITM Congress in Birmingham, England

1983-1985 – John H. Bacon served as NPTA President

Former National Passenger Traffic Association (NPTA) President John Bacon

1984 – Pan Am schedule of domestic flights departing from JFK

Pan Am Flight Schedule from June 1984

1985-1987 – Richard G. Rudkin served as NPTA President

A photo of Richard G. Rudkin, who served as NPTA President from 1985-1987

1986 – An issue of the Business Travel Review, the official publication of NPTA

An issue of the Business Travel Review, the official publication of NPTA

1986 – A feature story on the conference committee for NPTA’s 18º annual conference

A feature story on the conference committee for NPTA’s 18th annual conference

1987-1989 – Jack L. Witherspoon served as NPTA President

A photo of Jack L. Witherspoon, who served as NPTA President from 1987-1989

1989 – NPTA changed its name to the National Business Travel Association and moved its office to Alexandria, Virginia with four executive staff

A photo of NBTA's new office in Alexandria (1989)

1989 – Margie L. Crace began her role as NBTA President

A photo of NBTA President Margie L. Crace, who served from 1989-1991

Stay tuned every Thursday for more throwback posts, and share your favorite Convention memories with us on Twitter using #TBT and tagging @GlobalBTA!