August 22, 2023

Check-In with Suzanne

What Makes a Vibrant GBTA Convention and Industry Possible

Although a week has already passed, I’ve been replaying in my mind the days over 5,200 of us spent together and the inspiring sense of purpose and community at the GBTA Convention in Dallas. It’s truly a reflection of the vibrancy, dedication and connectedness of the global business travel industry.

There was so much to see, do, learn and experience at Convention 2023. But what was as clear as the blue skies in Texas is that our Convention would be nothing if it weren't for all of you. This year, that meant the remarkable presence of attendees from 58 countries − including almost 1,100 travel buyers and over 300 exhibiting and sponsoring companies (72 new!).

GBTA may have hosted the event, but its success was squarely due to our attendees and partners who also gave it their all. You volunteered, engaged, supported and connected. You were at the door for 8:30am education sessions and networked through midnight at partner receptions. You put in long hours and hard work, and it was your enthusiasm and energy that drove the event forward. We recognize – and are grateful – that the GBTA Convention thrives because of you. (And the learning continues: the ed sessions will soon be available in the GBTA Hub. You can also catch the Main Stage replays here.)

We’d also like to extend a very special thank you to our major industry supporters, whose backing truly enabled us to deliver an amazing Convention experience. Thank you to our Diamond sponsors (Choice Hotels International, Skyteam and United for Business), Platinum sponsors (Amadeus, American Express Global Business Travel, BCD Travel, BWH Hotels, CWT, Travelport, and Turkish Airlines) and our Main Stage sponsors (American Express Global Commercial Services, Marriott Bonvoy, Shell International, and Southwest Airlines), along with all our other sponsoring companies for making Convention 2023 possible.

Now we reset our countdown clock at GBTA until our next global convention-level gathering of the industry. Planning is already underway for GBTA Convention 2024, July 22-24, in Atlanta, Georgia. And based on your survey feedback, we've moved the 2 ½ day event to an official Monday start instead of Sunday.

We are truly an association and industry of "Many Voices" with "One Purpose" – here’s to thriving and growing together.



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GBTA APAC Conference 2023 - Singapore
Secure Your Spot Today and Save- Rates Increase August 31

September 19-20
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

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The GBTA APAC Conference 2023 – Singapore will bring together the business travel community to network, learn from industry experts and benefit from peer-to-peer education. Tapping into the global insights of GBTA and curated by regional thought leaders this event will focus on the key issues and opportunities facing the business travel industry today.

Join us to connect with peers; expand your network; be inspired by innovative content and gain insights and knowledge to enhance your understanding of industry issues and accelerate your career.

For the first time this event will be co-located with the Worldwide ERC Global Mobility Summit offering all delegates the opportunity to benefit from the learning and networking opportunities of both conferences.

Register today for this important gathering of the global business travel industry and be a part of the journey.


Sustainable Travel Management
Start Your Journey to a Climate-Conscious Business Travel Program

Course Dates: September 18, 25, October 3, 9

Companies are now examining their business travel practices as a lever to reduce overall emissions. What does this mean in practice? How can your travel programs contribute to the effort? Register for the new Sustainable Travel Management course which aims to help bridge the gap between knowledge and the practical application of climate action in business travel. By taking this course, you will earn a Certificate of Completion, and GTP holders will earn 10 GTP® Recertification credits. Register for the new Sustainable Travel Management course. Space is limited!

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Argentina and Chile - Severe weather forecast across parts of Chile and Argentina through at least Aug. 24. Evacuations ongoing in parts of central Chile.

Austria, Germany and Switzerland - High temperatures forecast across parts of central Europe through at least Aug. 26. Transport and power disruptions possible.

Mexico and United States - Tropical Depression 9 tracking west-northwestward in Gulf of Mexico as of Aug. 21. Landfall forecast over southern Texas, US, late Aug. 22.

Philippines - Flight operations partially resume at Cotabato Airport, Philippines, Aug. 21 after officials close runway June 22. Disruptions possible.

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Upcoming Events

Sustainable Travel Management
September 18, 25, October 3, 9

GBTA APAC Conference 2023 - Singapore
September 19 - 20

Advanced Priniciples of Business Travel Management
October 5, 12, 19, 26

GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg
November 14 - 16

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Preview of the Diverse Range of Education in Hamburg.

Get ready to embark on an enlightening journey through the vibrant city of Hamburg, where knowledge meets innovation. As we prepare to ignite the stage at GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg, we couldn't be more thrilled to offer you a tantalizing glimpse into the diverse range of education sessions that await.

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