April 21, 2023

GBTA Board of Directors Spotlight

Pulling Back the Curtain on GBTA U.S. Chapters

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, Rosemary Maloney.

In my term as President of the Chapter Presidents Council, I’ve learned a lot. My greatest learning, however, is how little people outside the chapter system know about it. I’m pulling back the curtain on this very impactful GBTA community.

There are 36 U.S. chapters and each runs as a separate entity including financing and bylaws. They have their own members and volunteer boards to manage operations, including communications, sponsorships, and events. For the most part, they have no hired staff to support all the work that they do. Each chapter is run by dedicated volunteer leaders who also have full time jobs. When I served as a local Chapter President, I often joked that I was heading to my other day job − thankfully, my bosses would usually laugh. As a chapter member you have access to your local business travel community as well as education opportunities close to home. And as an All-Access GBTA member, you can visit any chapter and pay the member event price).

Chapters vary from 20 to 400 members with a scope from just a city to multiple states. Some pre-date GBTA, with the oldest chapter, New York City, celebrating it’s 70 anniversary this year. The newest chapter, the DC Metro chapter, was formed last year, combining Baltimore Washington and Northern Virginia Chapters to better serve the local community.

The Chapter Presidents Council (CPC) convenes on a quarterly to solve collective issues, share best practices, and work together to improve everyone’s organization. Current CPC committees include: BTSA, Chapter Exchange, Financial Oversight, Membership, Scholarship, Standards & Guidelines, and Chapter Leadership Summit planning. The Summit brings together volunteer leaders from across the U.S. chapters annually to learn how to best manage their organizations.

As I close out my term as CPC President, I’m reminded of how I got involved. After complaining about the chapter, the president encouraged me to run for the Board to make those changes. Being a volunteer leader has provided me with amazing opportunities and a network of fantastic colleagues and friends… I urge you to get involved in your local community and if you’re visiting the U.S., join a Chapter meeting!


The GBTA Board of Directors Elections Process Begins Next Week

It’s that time to nominate and ultimately vote on the future of the Association. Five GBTA Board seats in all are up for election: four seats for Direct Members/Buyers and 1 seat for Allied/Suppliers. Specifically, the available seats are: President, Vice President, Canadian regional Buyer, at-large global Buyer, and at-large Allied/Supplier.

On Monday, April 24th, all eligible GBTA members will receive an email from “gbtaelections,” marking the start of candidate nominations.

Active members are key to the health and growth of every association. This is one of the most important times where your engagement matters most. Your participation is key for GBTA to have a diverse Board that is representative of the industry and continues to meet the needs of the GBTA membership.

Make an impact and nominate yourself or someone else by the May 8th deadline for the open Board positions −and VOTE when the elections begin on July 19th.



U.S. Travel Spend Reaches Pre-COVID Levels (If You Don’t Consider Inflation) (TRAVEL AGENT CENTRAL)

Air Canada Enables Kyte Connection to NDC Content (BTN)

United Airlines ‘Biggest Move in Aviation History’ in Australia and New Zealand (NEWS.COM.AU)


Asia-Pac Airlines Seek to Link Recovery with Sustainability (AIN ONLINE)

New British SAF Report Highlights Consequences of SAF Legislation (BIOFUELS-NEWS)

Sustainability Briefs: 8 Developments in the Greening of Travel and Events (MEETINGS NET)


Hotel and Rail Are Segments to Watch in Spain (PHOCUSWIRE)

ChatGPT in the Business Travel World (PHOCUSWIRE)

Chinese Tourists Are Back, But Numbers Still Far from Pre-COVID Levels (CHINA TRAVEL NEWS)

Industry Spotlight

New Climate Action Survey by GBTA Foundation
Help Us Identify Actionable Opportunities for More Sustainable Travel

Survey Closes Friday, April 28

GBTA Foundation is surveying business travel professionals to better understand where different organizations are in their journey to reduce their business travel emissions. The survey takes less than 10 minutes, and your responses will be anonymous and confidential. The survey closes on Tuesday, May 2.

Your input is invaluable to us, and we want to express our gratitude for your time and effort by offering you a $75 (USD) discount on registration for the upcoming GBTA Sustainability Summit on June 13 in Washington, D.C. You will receive the promo code in an email after you complete the survey.

The final study and report will be released on Tuesday, June 13.

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GBTA APAC Conference 2023- Singapore
Save the Date

The second annual GBTA APAC Conference 2023 – Singapore will take place on September 19 - 20 at the Shangri- La Hotel. Join us at the Conference, to connect with peers from across the globe and learn from thought leaders and industry decision makers on the key trends shaping the business travel industry today and beyond.

Keep an eye out for more information on this exciting event, registration launches soon! In the meantime, you can register your interest and be kept up to date on news relating to GBTA APAC Conference 2023 - Singapore.

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Upcoming Events

Town Hall with the GBTA Board of Directors
April 24
11:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT
10:00 AM-11:00 AM CDT
4:00 PM-5:00 PM BST
5:00 PM-6:00 PM CEST

The Fundamentals of Strategic Meetings Management
May 5
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

GBTA Canada Conference 2023 – Toronto
May 15 - 17

GBTA Sustainability Summit
June 13

GBTA U.S. Legislative Summit
June 14 - 15

GBTA Convention 2023
Aug 13 - 15

GBTA APAC Conference 2023 – Singapore –
Sep 19 - 20

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Your attendance and participation in the Town Hall with the GBTA Board of Directors on April 24 will contribute greatly to shaping the future of our organization and the industry at large. Submit your question upon registration.

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