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GBTA forms meetings’ improvement, 3 other committees

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has created four European committees to examine and improve the areas of aviation, hotels, meetings and technology. The committees, forming now, comprise GBTA members wanting to improve levels of competence through the creation of toolkits, RFPs, white papers, templates, webinars and educational content. Leading the committees:  Meetings: Chaired by Izania Downie, director [...] More

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The untold story: Why events cost so much

The acrimony over expenses continues, but not only meeting planners should be under fire. More

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Baton Rouge: Capital city, Cajun cuisine, celebrated culture

Louisiana's capital city, settled in 1719 by Europeans on Native American hunting grounds, is a city stepped in history. The name (literally “red stick”) came from French explorers in 1699 who noted a much-used hunting/fishing spear stuck in the ground, clearly marking territory between neighboring tribes. The metro area has a population of more than 800,000 and is heavily influenced by British, French, Spanish and Native American heritage. This is also a city immensely proud of its Cajun and Creole culture. The food, blues clubs and festivals reflect that pride and the almost-consistently warm weather (summers are hot) makes it a year-around destination.  More

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The view from the ballroom chair, Part 3: The expo

Everyone knows the model is outdated but that fixing it is complicated.  More

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GBTA: Meetings lift business travel outlook

The Global Business Travel Association’s latest forecast indicates that an improving economic outlook should continue to boost business travel spending in 2013 — driven in part by stronger growth in group spending. Meeting spending is now expected to increase 6 percent to $115.9 billion — up from the 5.2 percent growth that was forecast in the [...] More

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GBTA creates Russia chapter

The Global Business Travel Association, or GBTA, which considers itself the voice of the global business travel industry, has formed a Russia chapter. This means the association is now active in all BRIC regions for the first time. BRIC is an acronym that refers to Brazil, Russia, India and China, which are considered to be at [...] More

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Case study: Installing temporary Internet for meetings and events

When our venue lost Internet days before our event, it required MacGyver-like action. More


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