Over 6,500 corporate travel professionals came together in Denver, Colorado, July 16-20 for networking, education, and balance (the theme of the event) at the 48th annual Global Business Travel Association convention.
Olivier Benoit, Senior Director and Global Air Practice Leader, kicked the week off with his session Simplifying the Airline Request For Proposal: A New Set of Documents for Optimizing Efficiency and Accuracy in the Airline RFP Process. Benoit worked on the GBTA aviation committee to design a standardized RFP that was shared out during the session. The panel also shared the benefits of adopting this new toolkit, which includes an Excel workbook to manage a project’s plan and timeline, RFP guidelines, a sample pack of carrier data, and a proposal template.
If you stopped by our booth, you likely saw our friends from Cisco dancing and playing on screen, showcasing their latest in virtual collaboration technology. The technology is part of our new Total Collaboration Management practice, a topic that created quite a buzz throughout the expo hall. But the fun didn’t stop there– we also gave away an iPad every day to those that entered our raffle at the booth or ahead of time online.
Lesley O’Bryan, Senior Director and Practice Area Leader, wrapped the week up with a buyers only session, Creating Your Own Traveler Engagement Roadmap. O’Bryan’s hands on workshop walked buyers through creating their own traveler engagement strategy to drive down travel costs, increase policy compliance, improve the traveler experience, and meet underlying business objectives. She also brought along Angela Naegele of RELX Group and Cheryl Balog of Sanofi to discuss how they have successfully implemented a traveler engagement strategy in their programs.
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See you next year in Boston!