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September 2022, Virtual
September 29 2022, Virtual
Buying Business Travel is pleased to once again be official partner to the 2015 Business Travel Show. The show has gathered a team of senior buyers join its advisory board, to bring their knowledge and expertise to the conference education programme.
BBT talks to George Blues who is travel manager at Scotch whisky makers Edrington Group.
You have returned this year to continue your role on the BT Show advisory board, why is the board important and why did you decide to come back?
I feel the advisory board is important in order to ensure the Business Travel Show, and especially the associated conference programme, remains an important, relevant event in travel managers’ diaries. I returned to the board as I thoroughly enjoyed our discussions, idea sharing and exchanges with like-minded individuals sharing the same day-to-day challenges. Also, visiting the show, witnessing its success, and knowing you had input into the programme is quite rewarding.
What are the top issues facing travel managers at the moment?
Managing the fiscal demands of the business against individual traveller expectations never goes away. Corporate manslaughter and bribery legislation are issues being raised more and more frequently, and can be a real headache.
Technology is extremely beneficial but must fit with corporate requirements rather than the other way round. New, younger travellers see many processes as outdated or even obsolete. Balancing, and indeed implementing, some of this fresh thinking, against those of seasoned travellers can be an interesting discussion.
Predictions of any disruptive products/people/services etc. in the managed travel sector for 2015?
What do you expect to be the main concerns of travel managers in 2015?
What topic, session or speaker are you most looking forward to hearing at the show?
There are actually quite a few sessions and masterclasses I am looking forward to attending – technology, pricing and compliance based mainly. The Forecasting Forum at midday on Wednesday is always an interesting session and I’m keen to attend Let’s Talk Policy Compliance and The Secrets of Airline and Hotel Pricing.
The Business Travel Show takes place on 25-26 February at Olympia Grand in London. Register for a free visitor pass at www.businesstravelshow.com/register