Conference 2018

24 – 25 October 2018

This year our GBTA Southern Africa annual conference will be held on the 24th and 25th October at Kievits Kroon Country Estate.  A beautiful, tranquil country estate,  just 10 minutes from central Pretoria and 45 minutes from Sandton, Gauteng.

The business travel industry is evolving at an unprecedented rate and new technologies have emerged, transforming the face of the global travel program. New security risks have surfaced which have proven to threaten the industry on a worldwide scale. You, the travel professional, have expressed a clear desire for a return to basics – for a centralization of ideas and processes designed to address this rapid acceleration of change, unlike any which has ever been experienced before.

For 50 years, GBTA has provided a platform globally for corporate travel professionals to share new practices, policies and solutions to the industry’s greatest issues.

GBTA Southern Africa conference 2018 will showcase exhibiting companies, an agenda featuring education and professional development sessions and public and private sector attendees. Join your peers in Pretoria for The Business Travel Event of the Year® as we build upon the momentum created by the latest trends, changes and progressions in the industry.

Top business travel professionals will be joining us at the GBTA Southern Africa annual conference from 24 -25 October. Don’t miss out on the unparalleled education and networking opportunities that will be available at our annual conference.

Delegate Rates:

R 2750 Buyer Member
R 3750 Supplier Member
R 3750 Non Buyer Member
R 4750 Non Supplier Member

Join now and pay the annual membership fee of R 3000 at a discounted rate of 50% and get your delegate rates at the member rate.


R 1780 Per night (includes breakfast)   Please contact the hotel for your corporate and government rates.

R 2160 per night (2 people sharing)

Who should attend the GBTA Southern Africa annual conference:

Corporate Travel Buyers
Corporate Travel Managers
Procurement Specialists
Travel Industry Professionals

Interested in Conference sponsorship – contact Sharon Richards Lund Tel: 082 823 9720

Thank you to our conference sponsors:



Tuesday: 23 October 2018

09h00 – 16h30 Training: Fundamentals of Business Travel Management Course
18h30 Welcome drinks and dinner in Kingsley’s

Wednesday: 24 October 2018

07h00 Breakfast
07h30 Commencement of Conference
Registration and networking at De Kasteel
08h50 Welcome by GBTA Chairlady Maureen Masuku
09h00 Collaborate | Communicate | Connect
Introduction by the GBTA Board
Maureen Masuku
Phale Naake
Sue Ann Tredoux
Robyn Christie
Fikile Nkala
Leanne Margo
09h40 The state of the Nation
Dr Roelof Botha, a previous winner of the Finmedia Economist of the Year Award, previously an economic policy advisor at National Treasury; financial editor of a daily newspaper; economics lecturer at several Universities; and chief economist of the SA Federated Chamber of Industries, give us his latest economic view.
10h20 Coffee and networking
11h20 “Is this the perfect storm or a perfect balancing act?”
The tripartite relationship that exists between the Supply Chain Manager, the TMC and the Supplier of product to the Government traveller is complex.  It is critical that it is underpinned by a sound policy, unwavering compliance and fair commercials.  Join us at the GBTA conference to hear what promises to be a robust discussion from this specialist panel.Moderator: Sue van Winsen – Now Media
Blacky Komani – Tourvest Holdings
Phale Naake – National Treasury
12h30 Lunch in the Expo area
14h00 Payment Solutions – an oxymoron?
Travel procurement continues to reflect one of the most significant line items on any budget which is why efficiency of the work flow will always be under the spotlight.  Settling the bill is no longer as simple as providing payment within thirty days. Customers are requiring intelligent data from the payment to be integrated into unique expense and reconciliation processes.  Merchants want payment at minimum costs within a secure framework and global standards dictate the environment.Moderator: Robyn Christie
Julie Hayes – ABSA
Andy Hedley – Amadeus
Kevin Lomax – Diners Club International
Warren Kentridge – ENett
15h00 Coffee and networking
15h30 Process Automation – Who’s line is it anyway?
In the past there has been an expectation that the TMC should provide a Corporate Booking tool for their customers.  Is this model sustainable considering that the needs of every company differs and the costs of development.    Why don’t they source their own suitable tool and ask providers to plug into?Wayne Muirhead – TravelIT
Martin Heyman – Billback (Pty) Ltd
16h20 Wrap Up
17h30 Sundowners at Lord Charles Ladies’ Bar
19h00 Gala dinner and Travel Buyer of the Year Award in Lord Charles Restaurant

Thursday: 25 October 2018

07h30 Breakfast and networking
08h50 Conference commences in De Kasteel
09h00  Balancing the Buyers desire with the Suppliers reality has turned TMCs into Magicians!Moderator: Robyn Christie
Lidia Folli – Bidtravel
Sailesh Parbhu – XL Nexus Travel
Lloyd Barkhuizen – FCM Travel Solutions
10h20 Coffee and networking
11h20 The Digital Traveller
We see many different strategies used by the corporate travel manager to achieve the best possible trip for their travellers, strategies which are supported in varying degrees by their digital platforms. They take their everyday digital lives with them when they travel in the form of mobile devices and the digital platforms they use on a daily basis.  
In this session adoption by the traveller, company and TMC is addressed.Aki Anastasiou
12h00 Doing business in South Africa – legally

Michael Judin

12h40 – 13h00 Conference Wrap up