NBTA Hosts Successful Convention for 5,600 Corporate Travel Professionals
The Convention offered a special welcome session Sunday evening during which Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III inspired attendees with this account of the infamous landing of a commercial flight into the Hudson River, saving the lives of 155 people. Over three days attendees took advantage of more than 65 education sessions, the most the association has ever offered at its annual Convention, in which industry experts and specialists from all sectors of the corporate travel community discussed business travel growth in today’s volatile economy and shifting corporate culture. New resources such as white papers on small meetings and private aviation and an online booking tool RFP template were offered to Convention delegates, and updates to the NBTA Corporate Social Responsibility Toolkit and Hotel RFP Template were also provided.
Attendees heard from Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly and Continental Airlines CEO Larry Kellner Wednesday during the Airline CEO Panel, a special session first offered last year and now an attendee favorite. Peter Greenberg, Emmy award winning travel journalist, moderated the panel about the current state of the aviation industry. The two CEOs offered insights on aviation hot topics such as industry affects of baggage and other ancillary fees, in-flight wireless internet capabilities, and passenger rights.
Olympic Champion Dara Torres, 42, who became the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics at the Beijing Games in 2008, inspired attendees during the Monday General Session, and Jay Leno entertained in Tuesday’s session. President Bill Clinton spoke yesterday about the value of business travel to economies around the world, citing travel as the key to building global peace and understanding.
Banikowski added, “The NBTA Convention is known throughout the industry as the Business Travel Event of the Year, and once again it has lived up to its reputation. At a time when economic uncertainty is on everyone’s minds, NBTA delivered powerful and positive messages to the corporate travel community, and industry energy and enthusiasm was evident.”
About NBTA | The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and corporate meetings organization. NBTA and its regional affiliates – NBTA Asia Pacific, the Brazilian Business Travel Association (ABGEV), NBTA Canada, NBTA Mexico, and NBTA USA – serve a network of more than 15,000 business travel professionals around the globe with industry-leading events, networking, education & professional development, research, news & information, and advocacy. NBTA members, numbering more than 4,000 in 30 nations, are corporate and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers. They collectively manage and direct more than US$200 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually on behalf of more than 10 million business travelers within their organizations. For more information, visit .
About the 2009 NBTA International Convention & Exposition | Widely recognized as the must-attend event for business travel buyers, suppliers, industry leaders and business travel journalists, the 2009 NBTA International Convention & Exposition will be held in San Diego August 23-26, 2009. More than 5,000 travel professionals are expected to take advantage of the Convention’s programming, designed to empower attendees to maximize value for their companies, including more than 65 seminars on the most important topics in business travel, more than 400 companies exhibiting in the Expo and countless opportunities for networking with peers. For details, visit .
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