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All sessions will be available when My Convention Planner is launched soon. In the meantime, view a sample of sessions at this year's GBTA Conference 2021 – Berlin in Partnership with VDR below.


Evolving Travel Programs - Defining A Purposeful Program for the Decade Ahead

Some travel managers saw the pause in travel as an opportunity to review their programs from the bottom up. We share a methodology on how to get to the 'why' of travel to align your travel program strategy with evolving workplace changes, shifts in company objectives and changing company culture. Hear from buyers who have taken a demand and value-led approach and specific changes they are making.

Meeting again, more strategically than ever

The value of Strategic Meetings Management is more relevant than ever and evolving quickly. Risk management, holistic duty of care beyond travel, contract negotiation, hybrid meeting strategy, and safe meeting planning are topics now being discussed at C-suite levels. Learn how to establish the foundation of a meetings program. You'll hear what you should measure to drive organizational results while continuously evolving and maturing your program. Walk away with a business case on how to show results and impact change in your organization.

Traveller Wellbeing 2022 - measuring and managing for success

Traveller wellbeing is a priority for many organisations but we are in a very different risk and well-being environment to 2019.
In this session we will explore how this has impacted corporates' approaches to traveller well-being. We will look at how to measure the impact that business travel can have on employees with a view to a more predictive and proactive stance and present strategies to ensure safe and stress free return to travel for your employees.

The Future of Work and Business Travel: Navigating the New Landscape

From the COVID-19 pandemic to increased focus on both enforcement of the Posted Worker Directive and post-Brexit immigration compliance, the past 18 months have completely transformed the work and business travel landscape. Before early 2020, securing visas and following limited entry requirements were mere formalities, chores to tackle after flights were booked and hotels secured. No longer. Now every travel manager is confronted with rapidly changing entry, transit, and return regulations that follow the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coupled with the complex matters of Brexit and the Posted Worker Directive throughout the European Union, travel and global mobility teams continue to face an ever-shifting travel landscape each and every day. Hear from the experts on what these changes mean for the corporate travel manager how to successfully navigate this maze.

Ground Control To Major Tom – Your Ground Transportation Programme For The 21st Century     

“Ground Control to Major Tom, Commencing countdown, engines on…” Bowie’s words fittingly describe the ground transportation revolution unfolding quietly before us for the decade ahead.Driven by sustainability’s drive for intermodality, the new need derived from the “Future of Work”, powerful data and the API revolution, ground transportation platforms are emerging into the sunlight.
We explore the drivers behind the rise of the ground transport platform, the changing corporate travel demand, integration with the value chain and the art of the possible for travel programmes.

Travelers Want More Choice With Air Bookings: Time To Reimagine The Process

How many times have you had the conversation with a senior executive/traveler about why should we force our travelers into the company booking tool for a simple point to point air journey that costs us more and reduces productivity? It's time to reimagine the airline booking process that takes advantage of today's technology to reduce fees and increase compliance. You will end up with an integrated company channel/direct booking program that forms the basis of an omnichannel travel program. We will review making this new way a reality today.

Dashboard blindness and how to avoid it

Have you ever heard the phrase 'drowning in data yet thirsting for insight'? This is a phenomenon known as dashboard blindness: where stakeholders receive too much data with little context and no idea how to action it.In a travel program, many regional leaders, department heads and even the c-suite need to act on data to support overall travel program goals. In this session, a variety of industry experts will get together and discuss how to communicate data to stakeholders.

Empower Employees to Choose Sustainable Travel

Environmental awareness and climate change is a pressing topic that is everywhere at the moment. In the world of business travel, discover how the decisions you make regarding sustainability impacts your company and travel program. Hear from experts how they are dealing with sustainability at their company and how they have incorporated sustainability into their travel programs.

Savings Beyond Sourcing: Innovative Tactics to Modernize Your Hotel Program

COVID-19 has permanently altered the travel landscape, and travel managers are facing a new set of challenges in hotel category management. Even in this time of uncertainty, one thing is clear: you cannot just do what you've always done. You can reset your program and adopt new and innovative techniques. In this engaging session, we will discuss leveraging behavioral economics to create rate targets, OBT configuration and merchandising to influence travelers, and dynamic program management to drive savings and increased traveler satisfaction.

Best Practices for Implementing a Sustainable Hotel Program

Sustainability is the megatrend of the decade. Governments, regions and corporations are increasingly working in conjunction to reduce carbon emissions. Companies are setting ambitious targets, and travel programs are charged with doing their part. This session will detail what metrics and reporting are available to use today, how your peers are factoring these elements into procurement and point-of-sale purchasing, and best strategies to engage travelers and keep executives informed.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, I Need the Greatest Travel Program of Them All!

It is easy to fall victim to an enticing red apple (or global pandemic!) like Snow White almost did that one fateful day before being rescued by the 7 dwarfs. With all the change we have seen since March 2020, 360 degree reviews of your travel program are more important than ever. In this session we will discuss 7 specific criteria for you to evaluate all aspects of your program, the changes and opportunities due to COVID-19, and new regulations and travel patterns to help you build the a mature, best-in-class program for your travelers.

Supporting Corporate Traveller Wellbeing by Inspiring Confidence

Business will get travelling again soon. Travel has always involved an element of stress, and now more than ever before, corporate travellers will be seeking assurance that travel is safe and as stress-free as possible. Governments, regulatory agencies, travel vendors, TMCs, and corporate travel departments are all working diligently to ensure that travellers are safe, but what measures can be taken to inspire traveller confidence that business travel is not a risk to their own wellbeing.

Defining Procurement Success as Complexity Grows

COVID-19 has hit the reset button on travel programs, turning long relied on metrics and benchmarks for success obsolete when looking towards the rebound.In the wake of rising traveler safety and risk management priorities does the focus need to shift to more qualitative metrics? And, with so much in flux, how do procurement managers define the biggest areas of opportunity when navigating the negotiation landscape?

Demystifying TMC Pricing

TMC pricing has always varied but in 2020 the pandemic forced conversations widely centered on covering TMC fixed costs that don't go away when transactions do. Find out how industry colleagues navigated through these TMC pricing conversations and what other pricing models should be considered.