What is the GBTA?
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is an industry body that aims to be the voice of the global business travel industry to facilitate cooperation and knowledge-sharing through education, research, networking and advocacy.
What are the key activities of the GBTA?
The activities of the GBTA are divided into four key areas:
The GBTA offers companies and individuals operating within the business travel industry a way to connect with a wide global network. This can be achieved through conventions, digital marketing tools, sponsorships, and more.
The GBTA offers a range of education and certification initiatives to business travel professionals so that they can boost their skills and advance their careers. There are a range of professional development courses which are complemented by webinars and speaking opportunities.
The GBTA also produces research to help professionals stay up-to-date on key trends and topics. To date, the GBTA has produced an estimated 2,000 research studies, whitepapers, webinars, RFP templates, and more.
The GBTA also advocates globally for policies that support the business travel industry. This is achieved by focusing topics like passenger facilitation, healthy infrastructure, and tax systems that support travelers.
How many members does the GBTA have?
There are 9,000 business travel professionals around the world who are part of the GBTA. These professionals come from every continent and regularly meet at GBTA events, webinars and specialized education sessions.
How can I join the GBTA?
Interested business travel professionals can join the GBTA on the GBTA website. There is a secure process that can be completed entirely online. There is also a lot of information about membership advantages and tiers on the website.
Are there alternative business travel and meetings organizations?
There are a host of national-level and regional industry organizations operating in the travel industry. In the UK, for example, the GTMC acts as the representative body for Travel Management Companies and UK business travel.
When was the GBTA formed?
The GBTA was formerly known as the National Business Travel Association (NBTA), which itself was originally called the National Passenger Traffic Association (NPTA) and was founded in 1968. The name was changed to the GBTA in 2011 after the body adopted a global approach.