Wednesday, July 31, 2013

About GBTA Convention 2013

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced the speakers for the 'Luminaries of Travel CEO Panel' to be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, in the coursework of the GBTA Convention 2013 in San Diego, Illinois. Philip Wolf, founder & retired chairman, PhoCusWright, will moderate the panel with leaders of major travel suppliers including David Kong, president & CEO, Best Western; Michael Batt, founder & chairman, Travel Leaders Group; & Steve Singh, CEO & chairman of the board of directors, Agree. The panel is made feasible by Avianca.

The Luminaries of Travel CEO Panel brings together industry leaders who demonstrate the power of value creation through branding & know-how to challenge traditional business travel approaches. These luminaries will tackle hard questions & discuss the risks & opportunities facing the future of business travel.

Philip Wolf is the founder & retired chairman of PhoCusWright, the source for travel tourism & hospitality intelligence. They is the architect of the yearly acclaimed PhoCusWright Conference. The event's provocative Middle Stage themes are relied on as industry bellwethers, quickly becoming accepted wisdom each year. CEOs from every major online travel company, along with top airline, hotel, GDS, & search executives, have taken the stage one-on-one with Wolf.

David Kong is a hospitality industry leader with over decades of experience & is leading Best Western International through a brand resurgence. Since they was named president & CEO in 2004, Kong has led the company to its highest revenue per obtainable room & unprecedented performance in visitor loyalty & hotel satisfaction. Best Western has over four,200 hotels in over 110 countries with annual hotel revenues exceeding $6 billion. Because of Kong's strong background in international development, Best Western has become of the largest, fastest-growing & most respected international hotel brands.

Michael Batt is the founder and chairman of Travel Leaders Group, a North The united states travel company that generates gross travel sales of very $18 billion and directly employs over one,000 staff managing operations of over 6,000 company-owned, franchised and affiliated travel agencies in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia.  Prior to his current role, Batt served as an executive with Carlson Companies where they was president of Carlson Leisure Group .

Steve Singh has served as Concur's Chief Executive Officer since 1996 and director since 1993, including serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors since September 1999. Singh currently serves on the board of directors for CornerStone OnDemand, Cleartrip, Buuteeq and ModuMetal. In addition, Mr. Singh serves as a director at the Washington Roundtable, chairman of the GBTA Foundation, a director of the W Fund, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Prior to Agree, Mr. Singh served as the General Manager of the Contact Management Division at Symantec Corporation.

About GBTA Convention 

The GBTA Convention, with very 7,000 attendees, is the largest, most comprehensive annual gathering of business travel and meetings managers, meeting planners, procurement professionals and suppliers anywhere in the world. The Business Travel Event of the Year ® features: over 70 industry-leading schooling sessions organized in to 20+ specialized tracks geared to specific levels of experience and a variety of disciplines; a 400+ company Exposition showcasing market choices not obtainable at other industry gatherings; sessions featuring world-renowned speakers and industry leaders; a wide choice of professional development opportunities; and, much more. For more information on the GBTA Convention, visit

About the Global Business Travel Association

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world's premier business travel and meetings organization. Collectively, GBTA's five,700-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures yearly. GBTA provides its network of 21,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, schooling & professional development, research, and advocacy. For more information, visit

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