Internal meetings and events are key to helping your business and your employees grow. Yet they often don’t get the same level of attention and buy-in as external events. From sales kickoffs to executive retreats to user conferences, the internal event ecosystem is complex with lots of moving parts and many stakeholders from whom you need to engage. In this 60-minute BTN Group thought-leadership webinar, sponsored by Cvent, speakers will highlight trends in the business of internal events and share their tips to ensure your internal meetings have a strategic purpose and provide value to both your organization and your employees.
to a Harvard Business Review Analytic Services survey, 58% of
respondents said that having a strong travel culture is very important
to their organizations business performance. Travel managers play a key
role in creating this culture. However, as the role of the travel
manager continues to evolve, new job skills are needed to ensure your
program is a success.
this 60-minute BTN Group thought-leadership webinar, sponsored by
Egencia, travel buyers and industry experts will discuss topics such as
the ever-changing role of the travel manager and how embracing digital
transformation and treating travel as a strategic investment can create a
strong travel culture.
managing an in-country program in India or a global program that
incorporates it, the market comes with nuances that travel managers must
understand to drive a successful program. In some ways, the country is
leapfrogging western nations when it comes to technology capability and
the speed at which it can implement. In other ways, distribution,
payment and the basic role of the travel manager may still be challenges
to overcome. How do you navigate a culture of great technology
innovation and customization yet with a less mature culture of travel
management within many organizations? Join the first episode in BTN's
new Global Insights webinar series to learn about how to cement travel
management success in India—and how success here could also impact how
you consider travel management in other regions.
For a new research report, The Beat
surveyed travel managers to untangle the inner workings of one of the
most critical, and perhaps complicated, relationships in corporate
travel: that between travel buyers and their travel management
companies. TMCs take on various roles for organizations: transaction
enabler, policy developer, compliance enforcer, savings optimizer,
technology implementer and data provider, among many others. Given the
range of roles TMCs play and the diversity of managed travel clients,
the composition of these relationships vary widely.
Join us for this 60-minute webinar to review key findings of The Beat Research report and hear commentary from our expert panel.
As we close the books on another RFP season and enter a new decade, have hoteliers and corporations gained any clarity on yearly processes and expectations? This 60-minute BTN Group Thought Leadership webinar sponsored by Cvent is intended to help revenue management teams understand the trends in RFP and sourcing tools and strategies used in the transient market. Industry experts will share insights ranging from the impact of trends on contracting timelines to outlooks on the impact of the next election cycle on transient demand for hotels.
From airline distribution to blockchain,
economic uncertainty to lowest logical fares, payment to reporting, what
are the topics most likely to significantly impact managed travel—and
your travelers or travel program—this year? Join us as travel buyers and
industry experts opine on the hottest topics they’re following and why.
During this 60-minute BTN Group thought-leadership webinar,
sponsored by Deem, speakers will highlight the emerging business
dynamics, technologies and changes to long-held industry distribution
and economic models that could impact your supplier relationships,
reporting, contracts or more this year. You’ll leave with a list of
topics you need to follow and a keener understanding of why they’re
growth at small companies has often meant a hodge-podge approach to
travel bookings and few resources to manage travel. When it’s time to
implement an effective, comprehensive managed travel program, how should
a company approach the task? Listen as travel buyers and industry
professionals share their best practices from policy to communications,
training to reporting in this 60-minute BTN Group thought-leadership
webinar, sponsored by Egencia.
panel will discuss the top reasons to establish a managed travel
program, such as gaining visibility into and managing travel costs,
identifying savings opportunities, improving the traveler experience and
duty of care of travelers. This webinar is aimed at companies with less than $10 million in travel spend and limited full-time resources. Ask your own questions during the live Q&A.
As the new year and a new decade
approaches, it’s a good time to review your travel policy to ensure that
your company and your travelers are informed and protected. “Simplify”
and “shorten” are common trends in travel policy updates, along with
“traveler-centric.” But how best to execute? Register now to hear
leading practitioners who have recently updated their travel policies
share their insights and latest practices in this 60-minute BTN Group
thought-leadership webinar sponsored by TripActions. Ask your own
questions of the expert panel during the live Q&A.
Over its relatively short career as a
business function, travel management has lived in many places in the
organization. First, it was the CEO's office, then HR, then operations
and more recently procurement, as cost-savings became a travel
management priority. Now, all those former hosts are stakeholders, and
new stakeholders like security and information technology are on the
How does a travel manager deliver value to so many
different constituents—and that doesn’t even count travelers? The answer
is often in the travel data, but it matters how it is sliced and in
what context it is presented. In this webinar, learn from data experts,
consultants and senior travel buyers, how they work with data and
storytelling to deliver what all their stakeholders need.
Understand how Expedia Group leverages
NDC-enabled connections with Lufthansa Group airlines to bring value to
their travelers during this 45-minute webinar.
businesses can benefit from NDC implementations as speakers explain the
goals, process and deliverables achieved by both parties during this
second in a series of IATA NDC InFocus Webinars, sponsored and developed
by IATA, and produced by the BTN Group.
Curious about what New Distribution
Capability really means to your managed travel program? During this
45-minute webinar, hear the NDC journey of one of the NDC Leaderboard
airlines, United Airlines, and its travel management company partner,
TripActions in their common objective to bring added value to corporate
buyers and travelers.
Understand how businesses can benefit from
NDC implementations as speakers explain the goals, process and
deliverables achieved by both parties during this first in a series of
IATA NDC InFocus Webinars, sponsored and developed by IATA, and produced
by the BTN Group.
While corporate travel continues to be about getting travelers from Point A
to Point B and back as effectively as possible, so many aspects of
booking, reporting and managing those trips have changed in recent
years. Supplier products and pricing, technology, data analytics and an
intensified corporate focus on traveler satisfaction are all evolving.
So how are companies monitoring their managed travel programs: what are
the key indicators to manage travel today?
as travel buyers and a consultant highlight the key indicators that
should drive managed travel programs today and why during this hour-long
BTN Group thought-leadership webinar, sponsored by TripActions. Also
hear the panel discuss the nuances of airline, traveler satisfaction and
return on investment metrics. Ask your own questions during the live
travel has traditionally focused on cost savings and cost compliance.
But with growing emphasis on traveler satisfaction, work-life balance
and duty of care, what are the critical success factors to evaluate the
success of managed travel programs? What are the must-have components of
a sophisticated managed travel program?
as corporate travel buyers share how they—and their key
stakeholders—monitor the success of their programs, evaluate the
completeness and factor innovation. Register now for this 60-minute BTN
Group thought-leadership webinar, sponsored by Deem.
Technology is the great enabler of travel management. From online booking tools to niche
traveler rewards systems, corporations can deploy an array of tools to guide
travelers pre-trip, in-trip and post-trip. But what have they deployed? And what
do they plan to implement next? Register now for this 60-minute to hear the
results of this The Beat Research report and commentary from our expert
panel about 11 categories of tech tools.
Is it best to leverage transient and
meetings spend or keep the functions separate and distinct? Leveraging
advocates point to the ability to negotiate one contract for both
business travel and group events, to drive efficiencies, cost savings
and enhanced supplier relationships, among other benefits.
point to the far more complex contracts required for meetings, the
frequency of dealing with separate hotel, air or other sales teams for
transient and group needs, and the challenges of securing the holy grail
single contracts for both needs as driving forces not to leverage their
combined business. Hear three veteran travel professionals offer a
point: counter-point during this 60-minute thought-leadership webinar,
sponsored by Cvent. Listen as our expert panel highlights the gains, as
well as pains, that companies should explore as they evaluate the best
practices of leveraging, or not, meetings and transient spending, for
their organizations. Ask your own questions during the live Q&A.
will economic factors and supplier strategies affect business travel
buyers for the rest of 2019 and into 2020? What pricing developments can
travel program stakeholders anticipate for air fares and hotel rates?
Prepare for 2020 by attending this Travel Industry Forecast webinar,
developed and presented by BCD Travel.
the global and regional forecasts, along with recommendations that go
beyond them, to inform your strategies for next year in this BTN Group
In the Know webinar. And ask your own questions during the live
Q&A—it’s 60 minutes you won’t want to miss!
Mirroring some of the dramatic business workforce changes as four—and sometimes even five—generations work side-by-side, the face of business travel also is changing. As Gen Z and Millennials increasingly hit the road for companies—along with Gen X, Baby Boomer and even the youngest of the Silent Generation—what impact are they having on corporate travel policies, booking tools, compliance, preferred suppliers and communications? On the supplier side, how are hotel chains adapting to the demands of these younger, not to mention even more tech-dependent, business travelers?
Join us as travel industry and other experts discuss the challenges and opportunities of generational and workplace changes. Better understand the needs, expectations, attitudes and other attributes of the next generations of road warriors during this 60-minute BTN Group thought-leadership webinar, sponsored by Cvent Hospitality Cloud.
On the surface, Strategic Meetings Management programs and Marketing can be in conflict with each other. SMM looks to drive cost savings, standardized process, and compliance. Marketing departments are all about spending money to make money and enhancing the attendee experience. But really, these goals are just two sides of the same coin, and when SMM program managers, event planners, and marketers all work together, you are able to increase event satisfaction, drive value, and prove the impact of your events.
In this webinar, The BTN Group and Cvent bring together meeting practitioners and marketers to discuss the value each side can bring to the other, and what some organizations are doing to bring marketing and SMM programs closer together.
Strategic meetings management practices
have long focused on budget, procurement and savings. These metrics are
critical to controlling spend, but they don't give a full picture of
value. Attendee experience and engagement data tells the story of what
happens on the ground during the event. Following that data over time
can provide even deeper insight into event value. In this BTN webinar,
we'll look at the two faces of meetings data and how they combine to
offer a real picture of meetings return on investment.
Expense management policies and technology systems are often as varied as company cultures. But what are leading practitioners doing about expense policies, practices or technologies to enhance travel programs, compliance, traveler satisfaction or savings?
Register now to hear leading practitioners share their insights and latest practices in this 60-minute BTN Group thought-leadership webinar sponsored by Air Canada. Ask your own questions of the expert panel during the live Q&A.
Travel management brings real value to small and midsize enterprises. From fiduciary responsibility to duty of care, all the way to traveler experience, a managed program can deliver. But what is the right travel management model for your small or midsize enterprise? In this webinar, BTN will bring together three travel buyers, each with a very different model for managing their small or midmarket program. Each buyer will outline his or her model and the objectives it achieves for them. Then, we'll open the panel to the audience – no question is too big or small. So whether you are just starting out with modest spend or have a mature midmarket travel management strategy, this webinar will deliver something for everyone.
Travelers are embracing the concept of bleisure travel—combining business trips with leisure extensions before or after work assignments—but are companies embracing it? If so, why and how?
Listen as corporate travel executives discuss the surge in this trend and demographics of those most interested, as well as the challenges and opportunities that companies encounter in trying to develop policies and practices around bleisure trips. Listen as suppliers discuss how they’re working with corporate partners to engage travelers, book more travel and strengthen partnerships in this BTN Group thought-leadership webinar sponsored by Cvent Hospitality Cloud.
Businesses spend significant money in the
United States on three types of business dining: roughly $77B on travel
meals, $15B on catering, and $8B on private dining events. With more
than 660,000 restaurants across the country and a widespread tendency to
write off dining as an expense that is too difficult to manage (and,
quite frankly, too personal to mandate), travel managers have relied on
per diems and called it a day … until now.
Hear three travel
managers talk about their experiences, best practices, and the
meaningful, real-dollar savings possible by wrangling business dining
spend into a program that makes both finance teams and employees happy
in this 45-minute webcast. Register now for this BTN Group In the Know
webinar, with content sponsored and developed by Dinova, as we cover
travel meals, catering, and private dining events.
Supported by new research from Dinova and
the GBTA that establishes benchmarks for measuring traveler
satisfaction programs–and discusses business dining’s role in these
programs – this webinar will offer attendees:
The New Distribution Capability is a technology standard with a straightforward premise: to modernize airline distribution in the agency channel. But how do corporate travel agencies around the world view the NDC standard? How are they approaching adoption and enablement? The Beat surveyed 30 major corporate travel agencies and learned that to TMCs, NDC is anything but straightforward.
Register now for this 60-minute webinar to hear TMCs talk about the benefits and challenges of NDC adoption and the pace of change. Ask your own questions during the live webinar and download the full report.
IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) is the poster-child for change in travel management. But how might it impact your managed travel program or the roles of key players in your program?
Hear from the IATA program lead for NDC plus a travel buyer and TMC leader at the heart of the project in this 45-minute BTN Group In the Know webinar developed by IATA. Learn what NDC is and isn’t. Gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges as the industry moves to a new distribution landscape.
Sourcing and managing a global hotel program has become more complex for travel managers. In an increasingly dynamic hotel environment, managers are factoring in local and regional nuances and booking behaviors against static or dynamic rates, savings and security expectations. Hear global travel professionals highlight some of the challenges they are facing, their approaches and keys to driving better results in this 60-minute BTN Group thought-leadership webinar, sponsored by RoomIt by CWT.
Global travel managers and professionals also will discuss nuances in certain regions, partners key to their success and how they have attained traveler buy-in and compliance of 80 percent or more in dozens of countries. Speakers also will highlight how they are measuring the success of their programs to key stakeholders. Ask your own questions during the live Q&A.
To best manage your company’s meetings program and strategy, what key metrics should you and other stakeholders monitor? Listen as meeting and travel executives discuss the metrics that matter most in their programs, how they developed them and what it takes to compile them.
Also hear speakers discuss the key stakeholders involved in tracking program success and how they want to see the metrics presented. Register now for this hourlong BTN Group thought-leadership webinar, sponsored by Cvent. Ask your own questions of speakers during the live Q&A.
Join us for this webinar detailing ways to improve your negotiating leverage with hoteliers by increasing influence over traveler hotel booking behavior. A corporate travel buyer and experienced hotel executive will share their insights.
Learn how to meet, and exceed, company objectives while providing quality options to travelers within your corporate hotel program during this 45-minute BTN Group “In the Know” webinar, developed and sponsored by TRIPBAM. Ask your own questions during the live Q&A.
Technology strategies are changing. Is your program keeping up?
Managed travel technology has exploded—how will it change your program? Our expert panel will talk about the advantages to buying an off-the-shelf tech stack versus building certain pieces in house or architecting a technology structure from a variety of suppliers. It will also explore how industry technology changes will affect your programs. Will TMC partners enable more personalization? Are booking tools getting any smarter? Are mobile apps ready to provide real-time, relevant messaging to travelers—and how does this all work? Beyond core travel and expense platforms, what are some of the longer-tail technologies and services that travel managers should be looking at now?
In the data-driven realm of business travel management, access to better data is what helps suppliers and buyers secure better deals. Suppliers used to have an edge in the quest for data, but in today’s world of business travel many companies invest in business travel data analysis by hiring analysts on travel management teams and buying analytics tools. However, a new gap is opening today with suppliers using their larger data sets and budgets to apply machine intelligence to analytics. It is becoming critical for travel managers to have access to these new tools as well.
Register now for this 60-minute BTN Group thought-leadership webinar, sponsored by Egencia, to learn how new technologies can improve your business travel program. Hear what leading travel managers are already doing to leverage predictive analytics in their travel programs and what suppliers have to say about where the industry is going with machine learning and predictive analytics and when!
With the tightest labor market in decades, job candidates and current employees are more closely scrutinizing travel policies, preferred suppliers and programs. What are companies doing to ensure that their travel policies and programs are not only competitive, but leading edge?
Register now for this BTN Group thought-leadership webinar, sponsored by Direct Travel, to hear leading practitioners detail their concerns, what they’re doing and why. How are they looking at class of service, upgrade, premium economy, supplier status programs and even flight delays to better view their programs through the eyes of prospective or current employees? What impact are changes having on travelers and their bottom lines? And, how should you review your own program?
We all know that spend transparency and supplier negotiation strategies are important. With advancements in data and technology, you might be thinking that now is the time to integrate your agency, payment and expense data. But there are many important factors that the “big three” can’t capture.
Integrating third-party data sources can give you a holistic view while also being a cost-effective business intelligence solution for your program. Join us for this hour-long webinar to learn why the integration of traditional data sources just isn't enough anymore and what you can do about it, simply and effectively, to elevate the returns of your travel program. Register now for this “In the Know” webinar with content developed and sponsored by Advito.
While corporations have intensified the focus on traveler satisfaction in managed travel programs, savings remains a top priority. What are the best ways to drive savings in managed travel and what are some of the innovative new practices to stretch travel dollars? Listen as travel managers and an industry consultant share their tips during this 60-minute BTN Group thought-leadership webinar, sponsored by TripActions.
The webinar will address the following questions:
- With limited time, where should travel buyers focus savings strategies?
- What are new and innovative ways companies can save?
- How do you balance cost savings and traveler satisfaction?
- How do you best measure savings and program ROI?
With so many ways to book business travel, what are industry best practices for managed travel programs? How should companies configure, communicate and set policies that best balance compliance and savings with traveler satisfaction and experience?
Register now to hear leading practitioners share their experiences and practices in this 60-minute BTN Group thought-leadership webinar sponsored by Air Canada.