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20 Years – and Still Going Strong!

The 1st btTB Annual Conference was held in March 2000, making this year the 20th Anniversary for ANZ’s leading business travel event. Throughout this time, btTB has pursued its mission to help corporate travel buyers chart a course towards best-practice travel management.

While the intervening years have seen significant changes in some respects, there has been remarkably little in others. Technology and supply markets have of course evolved, but the fundamental principles behind good travel procurement and management have largely stayed the same.

While it is twenty years for btTB, it is the third year for the btTB-GBTA Partnership. In 2017 The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, partnered with btTB to deliver world-class education and networking opportunities to the business travel community in the region.

Bringing it All Together

The theme for the 2019 btTB-GBTA Annual Conference is ‘Bringing it all Together’. Travel managers have a broad range of issues to face in managing a successful programme. Balancing the needs and wants of multiple stakeholders, while managing relationships with an often opaque supply chain and staying on top of constant technology developments, presents a complex set of challenges for travel category managers. Over two days, the programme will address many of these challenges, both directly and indirectly, assisting both buyers and their suppliers to better understand what they need to do to ‘Bring it all together’.


With presentations from many of the region’s leading experts, hands-on accounts from buyer practitioners and updates from suppliers, the event serves as an ideal introduction for novices, a timely refresher for those who have been in the role for a while and an opportunity for all to network, benchmark and push the boundaries.
Stream A on the seminars programme is designed for those relatively new to the category. It addresses those core principles that all travel managers should be on top of. Streams B & C do not have a specific focus.
While the knowledge sessions provide direct insights into best practice travel management and market changes, the extensive trade show provides buyers with a great opportunity to view latest offerings from a diverse range of suppliers.

I commend the programme to you and look forward to seeing you for what should be two great days of learning and networking

Nigel Wardropper
Managing Director

Who Should Attend

If you are involved in buying, managing, arranging or supplying business travel, then this is the must-attend event for you


  • Procurement, Category and Contract Managers responsible for negotiating with suppliers
  • Travel Managers and Travel Co-ordinators responsible for service delivery and/or expenditure
  • Financial Controllers responsible for containing travel service costs
  • Secretaries and PAs with responsibility for managing travel expenditure and service delivery
  • Risk and Administration Managers responsible for managing travel services and expenditure


  • Business Development, Sales, Marketing professionals from the travel supply chain
  • General Managers, CEO’s responsible for product development and service delivery
  • Account Managers and Executives

Why you should attend

  • Set your strategy with confidence after hearing insightful key note speakers talk market changes, future market conditions and pricing, and key challenges facing travel managers. You will feel inspired to manage your travel programme more effectively and deliver better customer experience for your stakeholders
  • Interact with like-minds. Our seminars programme enables you to share ideas, tactics and strategies with your peers and experts from the travel supply chain
  • Develop a programme relevant to your needs with streamed sessions to suit your needs
  • Great networking opportunities both online and offline using dedicated event app to see who is there and if you want, arrange to meet via the app
  • Meet, benchmark, connect. Our extensive trade show provides the opportunity to meet potential new suppliers, benchmark your existing ones and check out the very latest offerings from suppliers in the travel supply chain

What you will learn

  • What a ‘Travel Programme of the Year’ looks like – what do you need to do to get there?
  • What does NDC mean for corporate travellers and should travel managers care?
  • What are latest trends in Total Journey Management?
  • What does success look like from a buyers perspective?
  • What does the future of travel management look like?
  • How you can bring the technology together to enhance your programme
  • Is travel really different to other categories because it is so emotive?
  • How to introduce Sustainable Procurement into your Accommodation programme
  • Who will win the btTB-GBTA Travel Management Awards 2019?
  • What does the future look like for Low Cost Carriers?
  • Why is Policy Compliance so Difficult and Does it Really Matter?

And that is just the plenary programme! On top of that there are 15 seminars to choose from. Check out the full programme