GBTA VDR Europe 2023: BCD Travel sessions and speakers

GBTA + VDR Europe Conference 2023 – Hamburg is the place to be Nov. 14-16. If you’re planning to attend the show, please book an appointment with the BCD team and add our sessions to your show agenda.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

The state of sustainability in business travel

2 p.m. – 3p.m. CET

Moderator: Olivia Ruggles-Brise, Vice President, Sustainability, BCD Travel

This session features industry leaders from different business travel verticals, such as accommodations and ground transport.

Collaborative solutions for a greener future

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. CET

With Amélie Losanes, Sr. Consultant, Sustainable Collaboration, Advito

The session will examine green business travel measures and how suppliers can help companies achieve their climate targets.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Music and Travel – Is there something to learn?

Main Stage | 9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. CET

With Stephan Baars, President & CEO,
BCD Travel

In 2008-2009 the international music industry stood before a paradigm shift. Technology changed the playing field, making music available at a much lower cost with new opportunities for known and unknown artists. Companies like Netflix and Spotify changed the way artists were paid for their work and forced new commercial models. Are there parallels to our industry? What can we learn from what happened in theirs?

Unexpected lessons that we’ve learned from travel data

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. CET

With Olivier Benoit, Senior Vice President, Global, Advito and Courtney Moore, Director, Client Management at Advito

This session will explore several unexpected lessons that we’ve learned from years of analyzing travel data across different industries. Attendees will walk through several real-life scenarios where the data told us a different story than we expected. Attendees will be challenged to stop making assumptions and use first and third-party data to drive decision-making.

How to make best use of the safety and security elements of the GBTA hotel RFP template

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. CET

With Jorge Mesa, Director, Global Crisis Management, BCD Travel

The session is for anyone who has responsibility for Accommodation RFPs within their organization. Topics: security and safety considerations for hotels and GBTA Hotel RFP security and safety questions (and why they’re important).

The Big Idea: AI in business travel

Main Stage | 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CET

With Yannis Karmis, Senior Vice President Global, BCD Travel

AI is transforming our lives in countless ways both personally and professionally and it’s not all ChatGPT. The Big Idea will address what AI means for our industry; what are the opportunities for Business Travel in terms of enhanced service; who has the most to gain; and what it all means for the travel program, travel manager and traveler experience.

GBTA Ladders – Spare change for TravelChange

4:10 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. CET

With Anja Turner-Schulz, Vice President, Marketing & Communications

This year’s winning GBTA Ladders team proved us right; travel can be a force for good. Hear their ide about how to help make the world a better place one dime at a time.


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