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2018 Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Overview

Celebrating its 50th year with the theme of Momentum, the 2018 Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Annual Convention will be held August 11-15, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center. Bringing together over 7,000 corporate business travel executives for a series of celebrity keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions focusing on topics ranging from the latest in technology to travel payment trends, and an amazing list of exhibitors, the convention is the ideal destination for anyone who manages corporate travel.



Being held at the San Diego Convention Center, the GBTA Convention is convenient to the San Diego airport, countless hotels, beaches, cuisine, and southern California lifestyle. In addition to being walkable, the Convention Center boasts a great amount of parking available for those who plan to drive themselves. GBTA 2018 hotel accommodation information can be found here.



Registration is open and available here. A unique option at GBTA 2018 is attending as a corporate travel team – introduced three years ago as a way for companies to bring more employees to the convention, this option provides a discount for companies that register four or more convention attendees. Learn more about this option here.



With literally hundreds of breakout educational sessions, the GBTA Convention covers all aspects of the corporate business travel executive’s day in and day out decision-making processes. Sessions include hotel loyalty programs, using data for better business decisions, security and safety, international business travel information, and more. Check out the full agenda list here.



While certain speakers are still being confirmed, two headlining celebrity speakers have been announced: Billie Jean King, tennis icon and social justice pioneer, and Kevin O’Leary, venture capitalist and panel judge on television’s “Shark Tank”. Continue to monitor the GBTA 2018 speakers link for more high-level speakers to be announced soon.



Over 400 exhibitors, including Dav El | BostonCoach, will be on hand for face to face meetings with both business travel buyers and suppliers. Having this in-person interaction cannot be beaten as you make choices for your travel team.

As with any convention and business travel, leave the hassle of ground navigation to Dav El | BostonCoach. Available for airport pickup and city navigation, you can book your trip at any time and be guaranteed an on-time trip.


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