Just by way of introduction, I’m Robyn Christie and I may well have met you before but just to put you in the picture my career has spanned nearly 40 years in the corporate industry with the past 20 years being in the travel industry. In January 2018 I took the giant leap into self-employment and am making my way to getting onto the official speaker circuit. But that’s not why I’m writing this message.
In July I put my hand up to assist the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) as a Board Member. This is not a paid for position but I do feel very strongly about the success of this association going forward. Corporate travel makes up at least 80% of the spend within the travel industry and is a very dynamic and fast changing sector often misunderstood in the procurement chain. Perceptions often become reality and if this industry’s direction is weighted too heavily by suppliers or likewise by buyers then conversations can be misleading.
This note is to appeal to you to consider joining us at the GBTA Conference which is being held on the 24th and 25th of October at Kievits Kroon outside of Pretoria. The line-up of speakers and panellists are impressive and the content is appropriate. We will be updated on the current Department of Treasury’s travel procurement agenda which is definitely setting a good benchmark for the private sector. Understanding the Digital Traveller is key considering the pace at which technology is changing our lives and as such we will address some of the new trends but just as important is the automation of booking processes within the supply chain and what are the global trends which may impact the local market. These are just some of the broader topics and we will have Dr Roelof Botha giving us an Economic update but for more details please refer to the GBTA website http://www.gbtasa.co.za/events/events-calendar-2017/conference-2018/ .
Unlike other organisations that focus on the Business Travel Sector the GBTA is not a business, it’s an Association that is not for profit. Whilst the industry is not regulated in anyway, belonging to the GBTA and participating is one way of understanding the risks, the developments and averting the fraudsters (of which there are many). The GBTA is there for organisations who employ Travel Managers, Travel Bookers and for Travel Management Companies and Suppliers. All with the primary objective of managing the risk to their respective organisations and travellers, improving the efficiencies, streamlining process and understanding what the future landscape will look like in the years to come.
I thank you for taking your time to read my note and really look forward to seeing you at the event. If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact either myself, Sharon or Nicky. below.