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GBTA Launches Brazilian Chapter, Ends Relationship With ABGEV

January 05, 2012 - 10:25 AM ET

By Michael B. Baker

The Global Business Travel Association has launched a Brazilian chapter following the termination of its relationship with the Associação Brasileira de Gestores de Eventos e Viagens Corporativas (Brazilian Business Travel Association) last month.

GBTA Brazil is the association's newest volunteer chapter in Latin America, a roster that also includes organizations in Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Panama, according to GBTA Latin America director Luis Yglesias. The association also named Wellington Costa, TCG Consulting regional director for Latin America and former travel manager for Sedco Forex Drilling Co., as GBTA Brazil's president.

GBTA said it ended its event and marketing relationship with ABGEV on Dec. 15, noting that "mutual discussion" of "different strategic priorities" led to a parting of ways for the two organizations.

ABGEV in 2008 joined as a GBTA regional affiliate, and the two organizations worked together on the Latin American Corporate Travel & Technology Exchange. Early last year, the two organizations announced a five-year expanded partnership, continuing to work together on LACTTE while allowing shared privileges for members of both organizations, including reciprocal membership.

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