IT’S ALL ABOUT CONVERSATIONS
Minimal Powerpoint – Tired of sitting through endless online PowerPoint presentations? We hear you! While not completely banned, use of PowerPoint will be strictly limited.
Table Conversations – The conference platform enables attendees to get together before and after sessions via instant small group video chats. You can browse the conference floor to see who’s there and switch tables or lounge areas to meet new people or catch up with those you already know.
2021 BUSINESS TRAVEL AWARD
This year the btTB-GBTA Annual Award is for Best Environmental Travel Management.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
- Prepare yourself and your organisation to minimise costs and risks when you get back into the air
- Be at the forefront as a travel category expert and procurement manager in the new environment
- Quickly put yourself in an active category management position, rather than being reactive to the many upcoming challenges
- Maintain your business travel network by catching up with old friends virtually during the conference
- Connect with other attendees 1-2-1 or in small group video calls
- Meet potential new suppliers or catch up with existing ones in the hosted sponsor lounges
Don't miss this unique opportunity to get together for business
Be at the forefront as a travel category expert and procurement manager in this new environment
GETTING BACK TOGETHER FOR BUSINESS
There has never been a time of greater need for coming together to discuss business travel.
Over the next year we will be travelling to do business again. Maybe not as far. And probably not as much. But many of us will be dusting off our overnight bags and checking flight times again.
Business travel will return to levels that need managing. There may be less travel for some time, but managing it will be quite a deal more complicated. That’s what our conference this year is about … helping you to measure and conquer the challenges of post-Covid travel.
What are the challenges? Here are a few.
The supplier markets are contracting and consolidating, especially airlines and TMCs. The structure of the travel distribution system itself seems likely to change.
New pricing will prevail. Competition will collapse in places. New deals will need to be struck. Availability and price volatility will be things we need to manage.
Good data and real-time delivery of exact information will be essential. In times of flux and shrinkage, where will we get the systems and information that we need?
After such large reductions in their staff and equipment, some suppliers might have problems restoring services.
Travelling and the components of the business trip will be different. The travel booking process will need an upgrade.
Our travel policies will need to adapt in several ways, with travellers’ safety and interests being paramount.
And, of course, the recovery will bring many opportunities. Collaborative and agile procurement will deliver new dividends, as will good supplier relationships. Travel buyers now have the opportunity for greater input into the structure and processes of the supply chain. And the door is now wide open to apply broader social objectives.
This year we also focus on environmental good practice, with our annual award being for Best Environmental Travel Management. The recovery is an opportunity to push ahead with business improvements, and we hope that sustainability is at the forefront of new best practice.
Our one-day virtual program is a balance of interactive discussions and presentations.
For the conference we will be using a platform that provides the best networking experience, enabling you to browse the floor and immediately catch up with others in live video calls at your table or lounge.
I encourage you to come together on 14th September to learn, to share and, most importantly, to stay connected with the business travel community. It will be a day well spent.
Regional Director ANZ
Join with fellow travel buyers and suppliers to explore the present and future directions of business travel, both in the ANZ region and globally
A survey of travel buyers’ chief concerns and needs facing into the fog of 2022
A survey of your experience to date of airfare levels, and your expectations for future airline pricing
Most business travel is based on the importance of face to face meetings. A leading workplace psychologist leads this roundtable discussion assessing the need for doing business in person.
Booking travel is now more complicated. What services and systems are available to help us? Do we now need experienced “trip management” experts rather than just booking consultants? Are OBTs up to the job?
Will things return to 2019 normal, or will the foreseeable future be a period of trench warfare against outbreaks and pandemics? Two leading public health experts discuss what is ahead of us.
TMCs started as high-service travel agents. Then they added technology. Now, with the likely collapse of their main revenue source, commissions, they will have to reinvent their financial model. How should travel buyers engage with surviving TMCs in a fair and realistic way? A panel of senior buyers and TMC executives discuss.
Meet with peers and suppliers. Go to The Hot Topic Lounge, or Speaker’s Corner. Stop into a virtual booth for a chat or a presentation
Survey update and a reminder to attendees to do the quick questionnaires
As business travel recovers, even gradually, there will likely be a trigger point and a rush on limited surviving supplier resources. Do you need to act soon to lock in arrangements with travel suppliers, despite the uncertainties? What can and should be done with TMCs, IT, hotels, airlines and hire cars?
The winner of the Environmental Travel management of the Year Award talks to us about their successful program; the challenges, the strategy, and how they did it.
We interview two global industry leaders to help us understand and prepare for the big industry changes, many of which are well underway. The supply chain and distribution system have been damaged. As well as contraction and consolidation, there is a change in structure happening. After the rebuild, what will be different? And as travel buyers, what do we need to do differently?
How do you tell if your TMC can reinstate services? Which airlines will be able to serve which routes? Can you return to the hotels in your program? Are the rental car fleets intact? What about competition? Are there new alternative suppliers?
Duty-of-Care is now a the frontline concern. Travel has many new complexities. Traveller permission is now a factor. What do we need to do to manage the new environment and control the new risks?
The results of the surveys