28 - 30 November 2017
  Congress Center, Messe Frankfurt

Frequently Asked Questions

Arriving by Car

Getting to Congress Center, Messe Frankfurt is possible by taking the motorway or directly through the city of Frankfurt. Please follow the overhead signs leading to ‘Messe Frankfurt‘. The signs will guide you to the fairgrounds on the shortest route. 

We have 2 options for multi-storey parking these are: 
Apcoa Parking at the Maritim Hotel 
Apcoa Parking at Messeturm

Big Night Out – Winter Wonderland

This year’s Big Night Out is a magical Winter Wonderland theme and will take place in the Marriott Hotel Frankfurt on Wednesday 29 November.

WINTER WONDERLAND WRISTBANDS – make sure you get your winter wonderland wristband from the Expo Floor to gain entrance – but please bring your delegate badge as well.


Average temperature in Frankfurt in November is is 7C/45F and can dip to 2C/36F

Conference Venue

The GBTA Conference 2017| Frankfurt in Partnership with VDR will be held at the Congress Center, Messe Frankfurt. More information.

The Frankfurt exhibition grounds are located at the heart of Europe and in the centre of Germany. Messe Frankfurt’s central location offers the best international transportation links, allowing it to be reached quickly and easily from anywhere by air, rail and road.

Credit Cards & ATMs

Credit cards like VISA, Master Card and American Express are widely accepted. At ATM machines, all over Frankfurt money can be withdrawn using debit and credit cards.

Currency Exchange

Currency in Frankfurt is the Euro

Dress Code

Wear whatever you feel comfortable doing business in! Business or Business Casual is the norm for during the day and the opening reception.

Education Sessions

I did not sign up for a particular education session, can I still go?

  • Yes, all sessions are seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do I sign up for education sessions and/or create a schedule?

  • Via My Conference Planner. Please note that adding a session to your Conference Planner does not guarantee you a seat in that session.

Attendees can search Education Sessions by track, type, speakers or keywords and plan their Conference experience via My Conference Planner or the Mobile App.


What events are scheduled for 2017 or 2018?

  • Organisation’s are invited to select their booths for next year’s Conference based on priority points. Suppliers will receive their appointment to "Expo Selection centre" via email, prior to Conference.
  • However, suppliers are welcome to stop by the 2018 Expo Selection Center to confirm or view their appointment time. First time exhibitors and walk-in appointments are welcome starting at 10am on Wednesday 29 November.
  •  Visibility Packages are pre-selected marketing offerings that will allow a supplier’s organisation to communicate with GBTA’s network of corporate travel professional before, during or after Convention. Visibility Packages are available for purchase at a discount during Booth Selection in the Expo Selection Centre. For more information please contact hbrown@gbta.org.

View Expo Floor plan

Expo Times

We have dedicated expo time again this year which means you get valuable time with the latest products and services in business travel. Please note expo will be closed outside of these times.

  • Wednesday 29 November: 14.45 - 17.45
  • Thursday 30 November: 12.00 - 14.00
Food and Beverages

We want to make sure you are well fueled and hydrated throughout the Conference so please note the following catering details including where catering is served.

Tuesday 28 November
Welcome Reception
Drinks and Buffet provided
Location: Kameha Suite

Wednesday 29 November
Coffee Breaks Location: Congress Centre, C2 and C3
Lunch – 2 courses Location: Panorama
Dessert and tea/coffee Location: Expo
Big Night Out – Winter Wonderland Location: Marriott Hotel Frankfurt

Thursday 30 November
Coffee Breaks Location: Congress Centre, C2 and C3
Lunch – Grab and Go
Tea/coffee Location: Expo, Areal

Water dispensers are located throughout the Congress Centre.

Throughout Wednesday and Thursday a selection of fruit and pastries will be served at the coffee breaks.

GBTA Convention 2018

What are the Dates for the Convention 2018?

  • August 11-15, 2018

Where is the Convention located?

  • San Diego, CA

When will registration/housing open?

  • November/December 2017

A selection of hotels can be booked via the Frankfurt Convention Bureau. More information can be found here

GBTA Europe have also secured hotels in Frankfurt. More information can be found here. We recommend booking immediately as there are a number of large events in the city of Frankfurt during the Conference.


The language spoken is German, however English is widely spoken.

Local Time

Frankfurt is on CET (Central European Time) 1 hour ahead of GMT

Lost and Found

For lost and found, contact the main GBTA registration desk at the Congress Centre.

  • Can I join or renew onsite?

Yes, visit the main GBTA registration desk at the Congress Center or join online.  

  • How much is membership?
    • Visit the GBTA Europe Membership page
Mobile App

Mobile App - sponsored by VISA

Our Mobile App is a great way to ensure you have all the information you need to know about conference in your smartphone or tablet.

Access the agenda, speaker details, expo floor plan, news, photos, attendee messaging and more!

Get Started!

1. Download the App
2. Tap the “Find” icon
3. Select GBTA VDR 2017 | Frankfurt
4. Some features of the app require a login. Please use the email you used to register for the Conference as the username, plus “Frankfurt” as the password.

Already Have the App? If you've attended the Conference in previous years, you may already have the app installed on your device. Be sure to download the latest updates in the app store in order to see GBTA VDR 2017 | Frankfurt

Moving Time

Again we have allocated ‘Moving Time’ into the conference agenda to enable all participants adequate time to get to where they need to be without missing out on any education or valuable networking time.

My Conference Planner

Using advanced planning tools, attendees can plan their Conference experience by creating a schedule of exhibitors they’ll visit on the Expo floor to education and events they will attend. In addition, attendees can make confirmed appointments with exhibitors. This customized online schedule can be synched to Outlook calendars and the Mobile App.

Learn More

Press Room

Press registration are allowed at the GBTA Conference 2017 | Frankfurt in Partnership with VDR but must be approved by GBTA. For press inquiries please contact Nikki Stimson at pressfra@gbta.org or +44 (0)7764 618 199. Press should submit their registration request online at the registration page.

The Press Room is located in the Congress Centre, Level C1 (accessible via the lifts at the registration desk) and is the Idea Room.

Raffle Prize Draw - Buyers

Enter For A Chance To Win!

Buyers: Pick up an Expo raffle card and collect stickers from each of the GBTA participating exhibitors by visiting their booths. A minimum of 20 booths must be visited to be eligible to enter.

Once you have collected stickers from a minimum of 20 companies, drop the raffle card in the bin located in the GBTA Demo Area, on stand no. 13. The prize drawing will take place on Thursday 30 November at 1.15pm in the Expo. You must be present to win.


Registration sponsored by HRS HQ will be situated within the Foyer area of the Congress Centre, Level CO. Registration will be open on Tuesday 28 November where you will receive your badge.

Registration will be open at the following times:
Tuesday 28 November 12:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 28 November 08:00 – 18:00
Thursday 29 November 08:00 – 15:30

Please note delegates MUST wear their badges at all times to gain access to the conference.

Social Media

Keep your finger on the conference pulse with up to the minute updates from Twitter. Don’t forget to have your say on: #GBTAVDR17

LinkedIn  LinkedIn – GBTA Europe

  Facebook – @GBTAonFB  

Twitter  Twitter – @GBTAEurope


Restaurant bills always include a service charge (Bedienung), but it is customary to add 5% or 10%.

Travel Offers

VDR & GBTA have partnered up with Deutsche Bahn to create an exclusive deal that allows you to travel conveniently to and from GBTA Conference 2017 | Frankfurt in Partnership with VDRMore information

Welcome Reception

The welcome reception will take place on Tuesday 28 November from 18:30. It is a great evening and wonderful opportunity to meet old friends, make new ones and kick start your 2017 conference experience.

More Info

Delegates at the Conference can enjoy free Wifi.
  • To connect simply choose GBTAVDR network.
  • Then enter password “Converge” and connect.