February 9, 2023

GBTA Board of Directors Spotlight

Getting the Most from Your Membership

In this feature series, GBTA’s Board of Directors share their views on topics that matter most to members, the industry, and the way forward for business travel. Today’s guest author is GBTA Board member, Kevin Sullivan, Managing Director of Sales (Global, National, Analytics, Customer Success) for Southwest Airlines. 

As I complete my first six months on the GBTA Board of Directors, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Gratitude for the GBTA leadership and staff for their vision and commitment; the global and local chapter volunteers for driving innovation and growth; and my fellow board members for supporting the strategic vision. And now that the pandemic is largely in the rearview mirror, we are focused on the future. I believe GBTA is building an association that is sustainable for generations to come.

Over my two decades as a member, the association has provided me with a platform to expand my professional network, develop my business travel acumen, and champion industry causes that mattered to me. As you establish your professional goals, how are you considering maximizing your membership?

Building Community

  • Our industry is built on relationships, and face-to-face engagement advances relationships, nurtures collaboration, and drives progress. Whether you are new to the industry or a veteran, GBTA provides the platform for developing a network. Now is the time to connect with business travel professionals from around the world, through local chapters, GBTA Events, GBTA Hub, and the Member Directory.

Enhancing Learning

  • Our industry is evolving daily. It’s time to own your professional development roadmap. Your membership unlocks access to insightful research, survey responses, webinars, job aids, educational speakers and expert panels. GBTA also offers more formal programs like GTP Certification, Ladders, and a robust suite of online courses to develop proficiencies in your roles.

Driving Advocacy

  • A strong and unified voice is required for advancing our industry. I’ve personally seen GBTA’s commitment to raise the many global voices on critical industry topics like sustainability and DEI industry advocacy from the association leadership. Your engagement will only strengthen the cause, whether through local chapters involvement or with regional policymakers.

My challenge to you…define your professional goals and leverage GBTA to help maximize your potential and your association investment. Visit gbta.org and explore. Not a member? Click here to learn more.



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Industry Spotlight

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Payment Solutions in Your Travel Program

The Payment Solutions Committee would like to hear from you. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey on the role that payment has in your travel program. Your anonymous feedback will be used to help drive the industry narrative around payment and determine the committee’s deliverables to GBTA Members in 2023 and beyond.

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GBTA Webinar
Ensuring Duty of Care: A Look at Travel Risk Management Best Practices

February 15 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Effective travel risk management is a key component of fulfilling this duty of care. Join us on February 15th at 11 AM EST, as we examine:

  • How to identify and assess business travel risks?
  • The use of technology to support employees in the event of a crisis.
  • Importance of regularly reviewing and updating travel risk management policies
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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Canada - Adverse winter weather forecast across parts of southern Canada, through at least Feb. 10. Hazardous travel conditions likely.

France - Labor unions continue campaign of strikes across France through early February; nationwide disruptions likely Feb. 11.

Germany - Unionized public transport workers striking in North Rhine-Westphalia State, Germany, Feb. 9-10. Travel delays and disruption reported.

Singapore - Singapore to lift facemask requirements on public transport from Feb. 13. Facemasks remain compulsory in certain healthcare settings.

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Upcoming Events

Ensuring Duty of Care: A Look at Travel Risk Management Best Practices
February 15 | 11:00 AM

GBTA’s BTI Outlook: A Look at Europe
February 22 | 3:00 PM CET

GBTA Conference 2023 | Mexico City
March 15 - 16

GBTA Convention 2023
Aug 13 - 15

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Alper Kasikci, General Manager, Luxembourg and Acting General Manager, Belgium explains why Turkish Airlines took part in GBTA’s Sustainability Summit, what is needed to create a greener future for business travel, and how they are supporting the business travel industry’s sustainability journey.

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