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ACTE: more conference, forums and meetings around the world in 2015

A comparison of educational programs offered to business travel management professionals around the world makes the Association of Corporate Travel Executives the global leader in the diversity of topics, the number of  events, and the number of countries hosting these events. According to Greeley Koch, ACTE’s executive director, no other business travel trade association can make this claim.

“With the posting of our 2015 schedule of conferences, educational forums, networking receptions, and seminars, ACTE is the world leader in providing more topics and more participation options to business travel executives than any other association,” said Koch. ACTE’s 2015 event schedule lists 70 events in 20 countries (with 59 convening outside the USA). “From Minneapolis to Mumbai, from Dublin to Dubai, from Sydney to Singapore, ACTE has an event near you.”

Koch states that these numbers only tell part of the story. “We’ve expanded our operations in Australia, India, and Korea. Our membership has grown by 144% in Asia.” He attributes the association’s success to a unique program formula: location, content, and accessibility. Holding events in 20 countries reduces time away from the office for business travel managers on six continents.

ACTE events are different in presentation by design. “Our programs are conducted like executive briefings, with better access to speakers and industry experts. We’re not out to nickel and dime anybody either. Our Zero Registration policy — the first in the industry — makes attending ACTE events a membership benefit for business travel managers,” said Koch.

ACTE events stand on their own in each of the association’s seven regions. They create momentum between buyers and suppliers, with a focus on people. The success of ACTE’s agenda makes possible an enviable Corporate Social Responsibility program in Asia, especially benefitting disadvantaged youth. Similar programs are working in Canada too.

“Every decision we make has to benefit our members and our community,” said Koch. I wouldn’t presume to be the voice of an entire industry, but ACTE does try to represent the voice of the individual to a global industry.”

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