The GBTA Convention has always been a meeting point for the dynamic individuals who make up the business travel industry. Like the industry itself, this year’s Convention is moving forward fast.
I’m excited to share some exciting new changes to Convention with you. Convention this year begins on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, with the Convention Kick-Start—multiple events and activities from which you can choose, making your Convention experience most rewarding. There will be education offerings, the GTP certification exam, an opportunity to volunteer for the GBTA Cares Service Project (which this year supports Clean The World, a national non-profit that fights illness among the impoverished), and, of course, the annual GBTA Foundation 8th Annual Golf Classic and Spa day.
The Opening Reception on Sunday Night will celebrate the 46th year of the GBTA Convention. This is always great fun and an excellent networking event.
On Monday, we hit the ground running with the premier of GBTA Center Stage, where you will see some of the most exciting programming that GBTA has to offer. We will be debuting Monday Morning Live—stay tuned for more details on this.
Tuesday morning will be the Annual Meeting, a forum where GBTA members can participate in the annual business of our Association with the GBTA Board of Directors. Eligible voters will make their decisions on future GBTA leadership, as voting will open after that session.
Each day at noon, Center Stage will host Primetime, an hour-long interview with exciting industry insiders. Immediately following Primetime, the Convention Arena will host lunch and the exciting Convention keynote speakers. While we have not yet finalized the keynote lineup, they are sure to be as interesting and noteworthy as the ones we have had in the past. Be sure to make plans early to attend this year’s Convention in Los Angeles on July 26-30, 2014!