GBTA Conference

Chicago  |  August 3 - 7, 2019

 

CWT

 

 

Think bigger picture

Powerful forces are transforming business travel. They are bringing new opportunities for your business and employees. We would love to share our insights at the GBTA Chicago Conference 2019 on 3-7 August 2019. Let’s think bigger picture to empower your employees to greater productivity while driving value for your business.

Let’s meet

Planning to attend GBTA? Let’s meet to discuss opportunities in your business travel, meetings and events, or hotel program to not only drive compliance but further engage your employees. You will find us in booth 1400 immediately to the left of the main entrance. You can setup a meeting now, using the form on this page.

Discover our agenda

Join our team for further insights during education sessions throughout the convention. From practical life hacks to current trends all the way to forecasting what awaits the industry, we will share a wealth of information to support your business and engage your employees.

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EXPLORE OUR AGENDA

Monday, August 5
“We Say We Know Our Travelers, But Do We?” (RoomIt / GBTA Research)
8:45 am – 9:15 am | Meeting Room S504ab
Description: The GBTA Business Traveler Sentiment Index returns in partnership with RoomIt by CWT. The value of your travel program is in large part driven by travel experience. Both buyers and suppliers talk all the time about how travelers feel, but do we really know how they feel about every aspect of travel? Join this interactive session to learn the Dos and Don’ts for improving your travel program based on traveler sentiment.
Speaker: Peggy Studer, Vice President Marketing, RoomIt by CWT; Colleen Gallagher, GBTA

CWT / GBTA Global Travel Forecast
9:30 am – 10:00 am | Meeting Room S504ab
Description: to be updated.
Speakers: Katie Raddatz, Senior Director, CWT Solutions Group; Jon Gray, Rockport Analytics
Tuesday, August 6
Truth or Dare: Are Travelers Playing a Risky Game on the Road Description
9:00 am – 9:30 am | Meeting Room S501cd
Description: The truth: too many travelers are taking dares when traveling for business. But, travel buyers may be unwillingly taking risks too. Join our panel of experts for an interactive game of Truth or Dare.
Moderator: Dave Falter, President, RoomIt by CWT
Speakers: Matthew Bradley, Regional Security Director, International SOS; Bob Leon, IHG; Karen Cook, Steele Case

Travel Buyer Hacks
10:30 am – 11:00 am | Meeting Room N426c
Description: Looking for some quick ways to boost compliance or drive savings? Our panel of travel buyers and experts will share actionable “hacks” to implement post-convention to meet travel program goals.
Moderator: Tammy Morgan, Vice President, North America Customer Organization, CWT
Speakers: Yon Abad, Vice President Suppliers, RoomIt by CWT; Eric Brown, Global Travel Manager, National Instruments; Pam Heath, Manager Travel and Shipping Services, Service Corporation International
Wednesday, August 7
Honey, the Industry Shrunk Commissions! Solutions for SMM Program Funding
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm | Meeting Room S501cd
Description: Meeting commissions were cut to 7% with full effect in 2019, and many SMM programs used commissions to fund programs. Hear the impact of these cuts, and how to mitigate these.
Speakers: Rebecca Hennessey, Program Manager, CWT Meetings & Events; Brenda Crocker-Pierce, GE

Three Ways to Use Predictive Analytics to Boost Your Travel Program
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm | Meeting Room S404cd
Description: Discover the value of predictive modeling by examining areas with the best return on investment. Learn how predictive analytics can help you control costs, negotiate, and anticipate peaks in demand at hotels in your program that may result in non-compliance.
Speaker: Katie Raddatz, Senior Director, CWT Solutions Group

“We Say We Know Our Travelers, But Do We?” (RoomIt / GBTA Research)
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm | Meeting Room S504cd
Description: The GBTA Business Traveler Sentiment Index returns in partnership with RoomIt by CWT. The value of your travel program is in large part driven by travel experience. Both buyers and suppliers talk all the time about how travelers feel, but do we really know how they feel about every aspect of travel?. Join this interactive session to learn the Dos and Don’ts for improving your travel program based on traveler sentiment.
Speaker: Peggy Studer, Vice President Marketing, RoomIt by CWT; Christopher Ely, GBTA

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