GBTA conference breaks attendance records

Event sees 400 delegates and 55 exhibitor booths

April 13, 2012
by Travel Management Canada Staff

TORONTO: The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Canada’s eighth-annual conference wrapped up with a bang April 12, once again breaking the attendance records of previous events. The conference, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, featured over 400 corporate travel professionals from across Canada and around the world. The event also featured 15 education sessions and more than 55 exhibitors.

“GBTA’s consistent growth in the Canadian marketplace required a new venue that could accommodate the association for today and many years to come,” said GBTA Canada President, Tanya Racz, CCTE. “Our goal for this year’s conference was to continue to deliver the highest caliber education and social opportunities for professionals in the business travel community allowing them to build stronger alliances, connect with their colleagues, and educate themselves. We feel we have met and exceeded our goal at Conference 2012.”

Delegates attended an in-depth panel featuring Dorothy Dowling, senior vice-president of marketing and sales at Best Western International; Claude Morin, VP of global sales, Air Canada; and Sherry Saunders, senior VP and GM Canada, Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Aron Gampel, VP and deputy chief economist at Scotiabank Group shared his view of Canada’s economic landscape and global outlook. As well, one of the specialized areas within business travel—sports travel management—featured Darla Montalto with Major League Baseball and Kevin Maguire with the University of Texas at Austin participated in sessions the first day. Day two of conference 2012 featured Jim Phillips, president of the Canadian-American Border Trade Alliance and Neil Pasricha, the best-selling author of The Book of AWESOME and The Book of Even More AWESOME closed out the conference.

“For our third year in a row, GBTA Canada continues to demonstrate our commitment to producing an environmentally responsible event and thank our dedicated sponsors, exhibitors, and delegates for working with us on this important initiative,” said Racz. Next year’s conference will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre March 26-27, 2013.