The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has shifted the dates of its 2021 convention to November 17-19 in Orlando, Fla.
According to a GBTA media release, the decision to change the dates of the event was made after taking into consideration feedback from members, exhibitors, and sponsors, and in recognition of the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global travel sector.
GBTA officials stated that this year’s event will provide attendees firsthand experience on how to travel post-COVID, plus insights around the future of work, travel, and mobility coming out of the pandemic. Programming will include educational sessions, as well as opportunities to share best practices, cultivate new opportunities, and solve challenges to help the industry recover and rebound.
“Ensuring this year’s convention—our first large-scale meeting since 2019—is a valuable experience for all attendees is a top priority, and we are ‘upping our game’ to provide practical and strategic tools to help attendees get business done in the new, post-pandemic normal,” said GBTA CEO Suzanne Neufang. “This shift allows us to better accommodate all our members, especially those traveling from outside the U.S., and to send the important message that global business travel can be accomplished safely, as vaccination programs gather momentum and as COVID-19 testing becomes easier and less costly.”
A special virtual event is being planned for July 20 and is expected to include a mid-year GBTA update and business meeting, education sessions, and the announcement of the election results of the new board members. Further details on these sessions will be released soon.