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Business Travelers and Suppliers Convene for Travel Management

The Global Business Travel Association is finishing up the 2012 July conference at the new Boston Convention and the attendance is strong.  This event delivers $113 BILLION in buying power.  The travel industry focus on the highest margin traveler and the trends to secure that prime business heightens each year. Productivity and travel budgets are reviewed by the corner offices and the vendors search for the hot spot to win a place in the sun.  This group is spared little expense and speakers on the subjects include Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.  Heads of the industry giants and luminaries of travel round out the panels.  This year the subjects dwell on:

  • Safety and Security of the business traveler
  • The Economics of successful Hotel negotiation
  • Optimizing Travel Card Programs & understanding Premium Air Travelers
  • Constructing Travel Policies & Loyalty Programs
  • Air Sourcing & travel management relationships
  • Business Travel to Asia  & India, Latin America, Learning the Landscape

Road Warrior Apps are one of the many tools in the strategy to reduce the costs to corporations.  And, “Happy Travelers” ?  What is the impact from  frequent travel on employees and company?  The GBTA has complied data on much of the above and the Hospitality Vendors leverage their resources.

The demands are on the vendors to provide the Business Traveler amneties to drive value. Wider seats and Wifi are a start.  Hotels are considering installation of in-room  iPads and the  “greening of the hotel campus”.  The missing link has been the connecting procurement and the traveler experience. The average travel buyer at GBTA Convention manages a $91 MILLION travel program and 10,000 travelers.  Company Travel Managers must look for the keys to success in the Garden of Good and Evil in the travel years of a changing landscape.

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