Victims’ Rights Advocate John Walsh to Deliver Keynote at GBTA Convention 2018

Alexandria, VA (July 23, 2018) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced John Walsh, victims’ rights advocate and host of the upcoming Discovery ID show, In Pursuit with John Walsh, as a featured speaker at the 50th anniversary of GBTA Convention, held August 11-15 in San Diego. Walsh’s keynote address will take place at Convention Arena on Wednesday, August 15. This session is made possible by American Airlines.

“We are very pleased to welcome John Walsh to the stage at GBTA Convention 2018,” said Christle Johnson, GBTA president. “John has long been an advocate for those with no voice, and his message will surely inspire attendees to be resilient in the face of adversity.”

A renowned victims’ rights advocate, John was a leading force behind the founding of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children before serving as host of the long-running television show America’s Most Wanted. Sadly, his dedication to the issue is rooted in the tragic 1981 abduction and murder of his six-year-old son, Adam. With a powerful message urging others to forge ahead despite setbacks, John inspires audiences to take steps to make the world a better place, and that every mission toward that goal is significant, no matter how great or small.

Held at the San Diego Convention Center, GBTA Convention 2018 will bring together over 7,000 business travel professionals from more than 50 countries across the globe. It will feature world-class keynote speakers, more than 100 industry-leading education sessions, the largest business travel expo floor, a wide selection of professional development opportunities and much more, providing attendees the opportunity for professional development and to get business done.

Attendee registration is open now. For the latest developments and more information, please visit Download the mobile app made possible by Avianca Airlines.

Media registration is complimentary and available online. GBTA’s fourth annual Media Day on August 12, 2018 will feature back-to-back news announcements throughout the morning from top travel companies around the world, giving media an exclusive pass to the latest travel industry news. GBTA will also host a special cocktail reception for reporters made possible by Kenya Airways on Monday evening at 6:15pm PDT.


About the Global Business Travel Association

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth, visit