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Help YOUR GBTA KC Chapter reach Challenge Partner status in GBTA's Government Relations Challenge for 2018!

GBTA Kansas City is on a ROLL!  We have reached Partner status in the last two GBTA Government Relation Challenges.  Help us keep our MOMENTUM!

As we roll into spring, we would like to ask for your help in reaching Challenge Partner status in GBTA’s Government Relation Challenge for our 3rd consecutive year.  We have one goal left to reach our goal; to raise $500 in BTPAC donations. 

We believe in supporting the BTPAC so strongly, that we are going to award/raffle up to $500 towards your GBTA 2018 Convention Registration, All Access Membership, and Legislative Summit Registration Fees.  For each $20 donation, you will earn one raffle ticket. The more you donate, the more chances you earn.  We will have a live drawing at our July 11th GBTA meeting/event.  Becoming a Challenge Partner also qualifies our Chapter for Prizes at Convention.

Click here to donate!

Please join GBTA in furthering the legislative goals of the business travel industry by contributing to Business Travel PAC. Your generous contributions will go directly to pro-business travel candidates for federal office. NextGen air traffic control modernization, expanding TSA PreCheck and CBP's Global Entry and lower taxes and fees are among the policies GBTA's government relations team is championing for you on Capitol Hill. 

Business Travel PAC is the collective voice of the business travel industry. Be a part of the voice and donate today! Our Chapter needs to raise $500 before June 29!

Support for the Business Travel PAC and other Government Relations actions DO make a difference in your jobs.

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Littler Travel Magazine

Please check out Littler's travel magazine. Great information.

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I would like to announce that Colleen Black is retiring, effective immediately.  I want to wish her the best for your retirement.  Colleen has been so dedicated to our industry, she deserves the best retirement ever. I hope you enjoy this new journey of your life. Cherish every moment and have fun!! 

Please see her accomplishments -



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Beginner’s Guide to Travel Management: The 5 Best Practices You Need to Know

If you’re in charge of your company’s business travel, you know that it’s so much more than just booking flights. From negotiating the best rates with suppliers to limiting your company’s legal liability, there’s a host of important items that you need to consider.


Download our beginner’s guide, Travel Management 101 to jumpstart your company’s travel strategy. 



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A Day in the Life: The Role of Travel Managers

The GBTA Foundation in partnership with Sabre conducted a two-phase research study about the role of the Travel Manager and the value they bring to their organizations. The main goals of the research include, but were not limited to: the day-to-day tasks performed by Travel Managers, the financial and non-financial savings they bring to their organizations, and the metrics/KPIs they use to measure the success of their corporate travel programs. 

The current report reflects the online survey results from the second phase. Participants were included in the second phase if they are North America or Europe-based Travel Managers and have some level of responsibility with one or more travel categories:  airlines, hotels, ground transportation, meetings and events, TMCs/Agencies, payment solutions, and travel technology.


Click here for Free Report!

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GBTA Convention 2017 Thoughts!

I can't believe that it has been almost a week since #GBTA2017 in Boston concluded, yet here it is Tuesday afternoon and I am still on a post-Convention high and slowing getting caught up.  I wanted to share my thoughts and views of our recent Convention, and over the past few days I gave it a lot of thought.

First, there is a lot of work and effort goes into these things from Sponsors, GBTA Staff, Chapter President’s, Committees, etc. Planning is usually a year or so before each Convention. It is a lot of hard work!  I was able to make my way onto the Convention floor as it was being constructed and saw hundreds working hard on Saturday and Sunday getting things ready. Additionally, I was one of the many volunteers that volunteered their time during Convention. Volunteering is a great way to get involved with GBTA, plus your registration is free!  Lastly, I thought of the hundreds of professionals volunteering to give presentations on a host of topics, and the countless hours of preparation they put in.

During my week in Boston, I connected with amazing thought leaders, disruptors, and visionaries in the corporate travel industry *and* I was also lucky enough to make new connections and catch up with old friends. Even though there are thousands of us all around the world, we in the travel industry are a close knit family.  Please click here to see the collection of photos from GBTA Convention 2017.

No matter if you're a supplier or travel manager, we all share passion for travel and for what matters most -- improving the experience for the travelers that we serve. Thanks again to the GBTA for an amazing Convention and I look forward to #GBTA2018 in beautiful San Diego.

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GBTA KC attends the 2017 CPC Leadership Summit in Orlando

I was very fortunate to attend (with Jennifer Commuso, Chris Galle and Megan Howard) the Chapters President’s Council (CPC) Leadership Summit in Orlando. CPC provides the Leadership Summit as a venue for board members of chapters across the country to gather and share best practices and new ideas.

We attended workshops to strengthen our knowledge on sponsorships, scholarships, volunteerism, membership, driving attendance, engagement and succession planning.  As a result of the knowledge sharing among our peers, we are bringing home new ideas to help grow and strengthen our chapter and increasing your membership ROI.  

Our time spend in Orlando was productive and we have begun discussing new processes to implement, made new connections with other chapter members, networked across the industry and returned to Kansas City with an excitement for our members. 

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President Blog - March 2017

We had an amazing chapter event on March 8. The event was held at the historical Courtyard Country Club Plaza. We had a great presenter from Cornerstone Government Affairs from DC, Todd Webster. Great topic about the impact of the Trump Admin to business travel, Real ID, infrastructure (directly impacts travel on roads, airports, etc.) And numerous other very interesting topics.


We are having a Charity Bingo social event at Hamburger Mary’s on April 19 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM. This is strictly for fun and isn’t your grandmother’s bingo!

Our next chapter event will be on May 10. We will have an update on the Kansas City Airport and our guest speaker is Ryan Pierce. He will be speaking on how to transform your travel program using social media and mobile to create a unique experience for your travelers.

I hope to see you at an upcoming event. Thank you for all our members, new members, guests, BOD and sponsors. LET'S KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING!


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