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GBTA announces Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark as featured speaker during GBTA Conference Berlin 2014

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry and German business travel association VDR – today announced that Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, will be a featured speaker at Centre Stage at the GBTA Conference 12-14 November in Berlin, which this year incorporates VDR’s autumn symposium.

Sir Tim will talk to delegates about Emirates’ strategy in the context of the developing business travel market and most topically his views on airline safety in the wake of the Malaysian Airlines MH17 disaster.

“Sir Tim Clark’s analytical and route planning skills have been instrumental in transforming Emirates from a two craft carrier to a leading international carrier,” said Catherine McGavock, GBTA’s Regional Director for EMEA. “I am honoured to welcome him as a featured speaker at the conference this year and am delighted that he will share the stage with fellow pioneer and aviation alchemist Ryanair CEO, Michael O’Leary.

 "Both airlines were set up in 1985, prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall and have thrived despite incredibly difficult trading conditions. I think the contrast of these two very different yet highly successful airlines will provide delegates with a unique insight to the future of aviation.”

Sir Tim Clark commented: “As facilitators of international travel we have to respond to the dynamic global economic landscape, technological advances, and consumer expectations. It is not only about the products and services offered by airlines to meet changing demand, but also about industry-wide protocols for operations and safety.  I look forward to an interesting discussion at GBTA on the future of aviation and business travel management.”

Sir Tim joined Emirates in 1985 and became President of the airline in 2003.

The event brings together GBTA’s annual conference in Europe with German partner association VDR’s autumn symposium to create Europe’s foremost business travel conference, expected to attract more than 700 delegates from over 20 countries.

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