The Global Business Travel Association announced plans to
launch GBTA France, a "French-speaking, not-for-profit association in
France." GBTA said it will be its "first owned chapter" in
Europe and will include "educational forums, benchmarking groups and
industry affairs engagement."
Founding members of the GBTA France board include the
association's president Yann Le Goff (who also serves as sourcing director for
Sidel Group), general secretary Jean Pierre Drioux (also a travel manager at
Axa) and treasurer Paul Tilstone (also GBTA chief global development officer
and European managing director).
"It is being built from scratch as an entirely new
legal, French entity, albeit with support from GBTA centrally and a strategy
jointly agreed between GBTA and the new GBTA France board," Tilstone told
As a precursor, GBTA about a year ago announced a
less-formal French networking group for international travel managers. The
association formed that group after ending negotiations with L'Association Française des Travel Managers (AFTM), one of the few European national business
travel associations previously aligned with GBTA that opted not to become a
GBTA Europe affiliate. Instead, AFTM in March 2011 partnered with the Association of Corporate Travel Executives.