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Global Business Travel Association Convention 2018 (GBTA)


The San Diego Convention Center, Booth #1617

GBTA Convention is the world’s largest business travel event. Over 7,000 business travel professionals from around the world will be gathering in Boston this year for state-of-the-art education, exclusive networking opportunities and news on the latest innovations in the industry.

CWT's top executives, led by CEO Kurt Ekert, will be speaking throughout the convention. Year after year, supplier executives take the hot seat on Center Stage fielding questions on the current and future state of our industry. This year, we turn the tables as Kurt will moderate a panel of senior buyers on the latest trends, opportunities and major challenges facing today’s business travel industry.

CWT has an exciting agenda of 15-minute Sound Bite sessions. Our experts will be talking about innovative products and services on offer from CWT, all geared to evolve your travel management program and provide the best ROI for your business.

Check out our session schedule below and pre-register now using the links to save your seat: 

Monday 13 August Tuesday 14 August

2:45–3:00 P.M.
Make your data do the work

Ivonne Pardo from the Program Engineering team will be hosting a tutorial on the data reporting product CWT AnalytIQs. Find out how CWT uses real time data and benchmarking to let travel managers turn visibility into action.
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2:45-3:00 P.M.
Get more with myCWT

Lindsay Bayne from the Program Engineering team will be showing how myCWT is becoming the traveler home of the future. For mobile or desktop users, they will have all the tools available at their fingertips.

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3:15-3:30 P.M.
Uncover the full picture of T&E

Katie Raddatz and Geraldine Valenti from CWT Solutions Group will address how CWT is evolving the data conversation as we take the discussion beyond standard TMC data. With the combination of more data feeds and natural language, they will show how CWT is pursuing the complete picture of T&E spend.

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3:15-3:30 P.M.
Geek out on the latest travel tech

Join Brandon Balcom as he discusses the state of start-ups in the travel industry, where he sees the future of chat bots and fin-tech heading, and how CWT is working with up-and-coming technologies. Like to live life on the cutting-edge? This session is for you.

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3:45-4:00 P.M.
See all of your data come together

Signe Blum from CWT’s Program Engineering team will lead a demonstration of the new Travel Consolidator tool talked about in the earlier session and give a deeper dive into how to use expense, credit card, and TMC data to show the end-to-end cost of the travel and expense picture.

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3:45-4:00 P.M.
 Connect with your travellers when they need you

Ivonne Pardo from the Program Engineering team will be showcasing what CWT has updated in CWT Program Messenger and the new user-friendly interface. Come see one of the most popular tools at CWT and the messages that Ivonne is able to craft to help with compliance, traveler experience and general information.

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4:15-4:30 P.M.
Where are your travellers sleeping next year?

Join RoomIt’s Scott Brennan as he gives an update on CWT powered by RoomIT coming off its first birthday. What has changed in a year and where do we see the future of hotel sourcing and the traveler shopping experience heading?

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4:15-4:30 P.M.
Upgrade your meetings and events

Kari Wendell gives an update on the state of the meetings and & events industry and what CWT is doing with the latest trends in sourcing and strategic meetings management.

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4:45-5:00 P.M.
“Evolutionize” your reporting

Join Signe Blum from the Program Engineering team as she delves into how CWT is advancing with reporting using natural language search. She will be showing how this simple search style will ‘revolutionize’ report building.

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4:45-5:00 P.M.
Every Second Counts in the World of Energy, Resource & Marine 

Explore the current state of the ERM industry with Daniele Gadbois and find out how this unique world is using innovation in their own way to solve the unique puzzles that are prevalent in this vertical. Make sure to bring the energy. 

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8:00-8:30 A.M.
Hotel loyalty programs work – so why continue to fight them?
(Meeting room 1A Upper level)

Scott Brennan and Eric Jongeling will speak about the benefits of hotel loyalty programs.

9:45-10:15 A.M.
If you can’t beat them, join them: The benefits of industry collaboration

(Meeting room 7A Upper level)

CWT’s Barb Barnard and Scott Hyden will join a panel discussion on the benefits of collaboration.

9:30-10:00 A.M.
2019 Global Travel Forecast
(Meeting room 5B Upper level)

Join CWT’s Katie Raddatz from CWT Solutions Group as she discusses the future trends in global air, hotel and ground prices.

9:45-10:15 A.M.
Building adoption and compliance the nice way: Using AI instead of mandates
(Location -Meeting Room 6C, Upper level)

CWT’s Vincent Chirico will take part in a panel discussion.


Hot Trends for M&E Professionals

Join Cindy Fisher and Kari Wendel as they co-host an M&E Facebook Live session on upcoming trends in M&E, including sourcing small venues and the latest in safety and security.

10:30-11:00 A.M.
NDC – Beyond the hype – Part II (TMC/GDS view)
(Meeting Room 7B Upper Level)

CWT’s Vincent Chirico will take part in a panel discussion.

10:30-11:00 A.M.
Bring on the bots! Machine learning, AI and chatbots opportunities for managed travel
(Meeting Room 6C Upper Level)

CWT’s Brandon Balcom will take part in a panel session discussing the future of technology in the industry.

11:30-12:00 P.M.
Turn the tables – Buyers take center stage
(Center stage)

Kurt Ekert will moderate a panel of senior buyers on the latest trends, opportunities and major challenges facing today’s business travel industry.

For more information and to register a place at the Education sessions please visit

Other CWT speakers include:

Scott Brennan, who will take center stage on The Future of Hospitality.

For more information, visit:

We look forward to seeing you at GBTA San Diego!

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