Is ACTE Headed in the Right Direction?

ACTE sketched out several initiatives this week from its global conference in Berlin. These efforts hope to:

Two weeks earlier, ACTE announced its intent to form an angel investor network geared to funding new travel industry innovations.

Looks like Ron DiLeo, ACTE’s new Executive Director, is wasting little time trying to put ACTE on a “wake up and shake up the industry” course.  Gotta agree that our industry needs Continue reading

Terrific NBTA Europe Conference

NBTA Europe, with strong support from Paul Tilstone and the fine ITM staff, put on an excellent conference in Lisbon last week. About 220 delegates attended from all over Europe, plus a few of us from North America.  Topics included:

  • Traveler security – lessons learned from the ash cloud
  • Alternative strategies for procuring travel
  • How to use travel data more strategically
  • End-to-end technology (procure to pay) pros and cons
  • Impact on buyers from further airline consolidation
  • Social media in corporate travel programs
  • Merchant fees – the next unbundling?
  • And several other topics very relevant to corporate buyers

The networking and knowledge sharing was first-rate.   I’ll write more detailed posts about several of the topics that were covered. My only complaint was that I could not attend every educational session.  Kudos to NBTA Europe for launching an excellent event.  I look forward to seeing more of this high-quality programming in the years to come.

Catching Up at NBTA?

If you’re going to NBTA’s Convention in Houston next week, and you’d like to catch up – let me know!  I’ll arrive on Saturday afternoon, and leave on Wednesday afternoon.  No firm plans yet for dinner on Sunday or Monday, but a few of us are thinking about Tex-Mex on one of those nights…if that sounds good, you’re invited – the more, the merrier!

Here are a few things I’m planning to check out at the Trade Show: Continue reading