Partnership Officially Launches in May 2017 with Inaugural Joint Conference in Sydney
Alexandria, VA , 2016-Nov-30 — /Travel PR News/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – is pleased to announce the launch of its operations in Australia and New Zealand in partnership with btTB. The goal of the partnership is to deliver world-class education and networking opportunities to the business travel community in the region.
The partnership between GBTA and btTB will provide corporate travel professionals with a variety of unparalleled opportunities to build their careers through education across all levels of travel management as well as through valuable networking events. The partnership will officially launch with the btTB Conference in partnership with GBTA, to be held on 2-3 May 2017 in Sydney. Numerous initiatives will be announced during the Conference to drive continuous engagement, development and networking opportunities for both buyers and suppliers throughout the year.
“As a global organization, GBTA is committed to delivering world-class education, events and research for travel professionals around the world,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA Executive Director and COO. “Australia and New Zealand are important markets for the business travel industry and this partnership with btTB provides us the opportunity to not only provide education to travel professionals in the region, but also to provide them with a platform through which their voice can be heard.”
“We are really looking forward to working with the team at GBTA to deliver travel buyers and suppliers a platform to come together to share knowledge and build valuable relationships,” said Nigel Wardropper, managing director at btTB and PASA. “The partnership with GBTA will provide world-class content, resources and education, which combined with the brand strength and history of btTB with the business travel community and our extensive reach to the professional procurement community through our PASA brand, will deliver professional travel management to a wider audience than ever before.”
“The new partnership combines the resources of the region’s leading procurement organisation with the world’s leading business travel association,” said Tony O’Connor, Director of the consultancy Butler Caroye, who will lead business development efforts in the region for the partnership. “It will be the perfect vehicle for travel buyers and suppliers to really understand each other.”
As part of this initiative, GBTA will form an Advisory Board for the region to provide input on content and to act as a voice for travel buyers. If you are a travel buyer interested in participating, please contact Nigel Wardropper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BTTB has been the premier provider of information, education and networking opportunities to the business travel community in the ANZ region for 17 years. BTTB launched the regions longest running dedicated travel management magazine, Business Travel Monthly, in 1999 and in 2000 staged the first BTTB Conferences and exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand. While publication of Business Travel Monthly ceased in 2013, the BTTB Australia Annual Conference continued through to 2016 as the leading event for buyers, suppliers and managers of corporate travel. The BTTB Australia event will now be replaced by the combined BTTB-GBTA
PASA is the leading provider of conferences, publishing and peer-to-peer learning and networking services to the professional procurement community in the ANZ region. While the PASA brand has only been in existence for three years, the team behind PASA has been actively engaged in producing market-leading conferences and publishing to the procurement community for 12 years. PASA currently manages a database of some 25,000 procurement stakeholders in the ANZ region. See more at: www.procurementandsupply.com
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 8,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA and the GBTA Foundation deliver 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 gbta.org
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