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ACTE is to amend its training programmes to take account of regional differences among travel buyers.
Executive director Greeley Koch said he had been travelling the world since taking over the position from Ron DiLeo last year to discover the key concerns of buyers in different regions.
“Since I started as the new executive director on December 1, I have been travelling to listen to all of you – the corporate travel buyers – so I can put my finger on the pulse of what you are all facing,” said Koch at ACTE’s global conference in New York.
“The picture is different in the different regions around the world. In the US, there is concern about the future with the younger workforce coming through and how do you get compliance from them.
“In Europe, the talk is still mainly about making travel savings, while in Latin America they are concerned about the effect of technology on travel.
“They are talking about the future of travel in China and looking at when should somebody consider having a managed travel programme.”
Koch added that ACTE would be drawing up a revised training programme for different regions.
“We will make sure that we are meeting the various needs around the world.,” he added. “Over the next few weeks, we will be making adjustments to our programme based on the feedback we have received.
“We will continue to listen to buyers – let us know what’s working and what’s not working.”