GBTA SA Conference Agenda: Wednesday 21 October 2015


07h30 – 09h00 Breakfast, Travel Expo and networking
09h00 – 09h15 Opening, Welcome and GBTA update – Roderick Ross and Catherine McGavock
09h15 – 09h45 ITC’s and event managers – Do they spice up your travel programme?

Sarah Welton-Blake, Showgroup

Jonathan Gerber, TAG


Moderator: Kate Nathan, Now Media


The independent travel consultant and event management market is growing and changing. What are the risks of using independent contractors within the corporate travel space? Is this the start of “predicted work swarms”?

09h45 – 10h00 The evolution of corporate travel buying behaviour: Hotel Approach – Thabani Ndluvo, Hilton Worldwide
10h00 – 10h45 Managing fraud as a corporate travel buyer – Nomonde Thethe, Standard Bank

What are the most common forms of fraud taking place presently and how can a travel buyer identify and manage fraud effectively in their organisation?

10h45 – 11h45 Coffee break and networking
11h45 – 12h00 Corporate travel buyers reflect on what they have learnt and achieved in 2015

Natasha Schmidt interviews Travel Buyers

12h00 – 12h45 Future traveller tribes – Mike Stopforth, Cerebra

A discussion around the new report from Amadeus (Future Traveller Tribes 2030) on the traveller of the future and the important role for retail travel professionals, even as advancing technologies and increasingly influential online networks overshadow agents. The report examines travellers’ changing values, needs and behaviours, and the forces shaping them.

12h45 – 14h15 Lunch and Travel Expo
14h15 – 15h00 The power of technology affecting our lives – Joakim Evestin, Sabre

Hear from the head of Sabre innovation and tech evangelist.

15h00 – 15h15 IATA – New Distribution Capability – Roderick Ross , Ross Consulting

What is NDC and how will this affect travel buyers?

15h15 – 16h00 Travel distribution in Africa – Eric Venter, Comair

How is the airline business evolving in Africa?

16h00 – 17h00 Travel Expo
17h00 – 18h30 Wine Tasting with Diners Club International – Jacques Erasmus from Spier
18h30 – 21h30 Sabre Gala Dinner

Business Travel Innovator Award

Charity Auction


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