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  • GBTA study examines state of strategic meetings management programs in North America

    A new report issued today by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) evaluates the state of strategic meetings management (SMM) programs across North America. The report, The State of Strategic Meetings Management 2013, sponsored by CWT Meetings & Events, surveyed meeting professionals to evaluate the growing use of SMM programs and the benefits and challenges corporations are dealing with as they put these programs into place. The study found that SMM programs are increasingly being used by corporations. Over half…

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  • GBTA welcomes two vice presidents of business development

    Laurin Talley Ensslin and Peggy Miller Dolphin join GBTA The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry, welcomes two talented vice presidents of business development, Laurin Talley Ensslin and Peggy Miller Dolphin. Ms. Ensslin and Ms. Dolphin will each serve as Vice President of Business Development in the redesigned global business development team at GBTA. As GBTA continues to expand globally, both Ms. Ensslin and Ms. Dolphin will join a newly created team…

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  • GBTA and Egencia study examines global travel programs and the role of travel management companies

    More than 1,400 travel managers around the world report on their top challenges and solutions A new study by the GBTA Foundation, the research arm of the Global Business Travel Association, and Egencia®, the business travel company of Expedia, Inc., found that travel management companies (TMCs) are working directly with corporate travel managers to play an increasingly important role in implementing, improving and successfully operating global travel programs. GBTA surveyed 1,429 travel managers in Asia, North America, Latin America and…

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  • Business travel could see losses of up to $600 million due to Hurricane Sandy

    Hurricane Sandy is threatening the East Coast with forecasters calling the twin threat of winter storm fronts and hurricane conditions a “Frankenstorm.”  Heavy rain, extreme tides, high winds and possible snow are expected to barrel north Sunday, peaking Tuesday and linger through Halloween.  Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) research can provide a picture of what the impact a storm of this magnitude could have on business travel. GBTA recently quantified the impact of major weather events on business travel. The…

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  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts names Mary Casey Senior Vice President of Sales, North America

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced today the appointment of Mary Casey as Senior Vice President of Sales, North America Division. In her new role, Casey will adapt and execute Starwood’s sales strategy for North America. Casey has more than 24 years of experience with Starwood, many of those in a sales leadership capacity in Europe and the United States and leading the Global Corporate team. She most recently held the position of vice president, global corporate sales where…

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  • GBTA announces new foundation board members

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – today announced four new appointments to the GBTA Foundation Board of Trustees. Joining the Board will be Christie Hicks, senior vice president of Starwood Sales Organization at Starwood Hotels and Resorts; Volker Huber, president of the Americas, Asia Pacific & Global sales at AirPlus International Inc.; Laurie Kazimer, manager of travel services at Target Corporation; and John Slater, vice president of sales for the…

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  • GBTA announces new RFP Guide to Strategic Meetings Management

    The GBTA Foundation, the research and education arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) today announced the creation of a new RFP Guide to Strategic Meetings Management (SMM). This guide will represent a standard set of topics for an organization to ask vendors to address when soliciting vendor bids for an SMM program and to help guide internal communication or successful development or expansion of an SMM program. Daphne Bryant, executive director, GBTA Foundation, said, “Strategic meetings management programs…

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  • GBTA and MPI join forces to create new education and training opportunities

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) – the meetings and events industry’s largest and most vibrant global community – are pleased to announce a new joint venture. The two organizations will work together to co-create new industry-leading education and training opportunities.

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  • Helping stakeholders see the big picture of meetings value

    Amid today’s challenging climate of economic uncertainty, more and more discussion about meetings and events is taking place in the corporate boardroom, where senior management teams are assessing the value those meetings bring to their business. For a professional meeting planner, knowing how to prove the value of tangible and intangible returns on a stakeholder’s investment is an enviable skill. Establishing the inherent value of meetings and how they tie in to corporate objectives is a critical component of the planning process, giving you the power to leverage that information with senior management and helping to justify their meetings investment.

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  • GBTA sees business travel in developed economies slow while emerging markets soar

    The GBTA Foundation, the research and education arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), recently released the fourth annual comprehensive report analyzing the current state of global business travel spend and growth projections for the next five years. The GBTA BTI™ Outlook – Annual Global Report and Forecast, Prospects for Global Business Travel 2012-2016, sponsored by Visa Inc., found that business travel spending growth in developed economies is slowing compared to previous forecasts, but emerging markets continue to grow rapidly.

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