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CAPA and ACTE set to host 2018’s largest gathering of corporate travel executives in the southern hemisphere

Following sold out conferences in New York, Singapore and Rio this year, the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) will, in partnership with CAPA – Centre for Aviation (CAPA), be bringing the next edition of the CAPA-ACTE Global Summit & Corporate Lodging Forum to Sydney on 3-4 December, 2018.

With a proven track record of attracting 400+ senior executives from the corporate buyer community and travel industry, the CAPA-ACTE Global Summit & Corporate Lodging Forum will be the largest gathering of corporate travel executives in the southern hemisphere.



Adopting the theme of “Embracing Change”, the conference will begin with big picture keynotes on the demographic, geopolitical and economic climate shaping our world, setting the scene for more detailed discussions on the latest travel industry trends and practices.



Keynote speaker and renowned social demographer and commentator, Bernard Salt, will reveal insights into the social, generational and demographic matters that will impact business and travel programmes. CAPA executive chairman Peter Harbison will deliver a high level overview of global strategic aviation trends and developments.



CAPA and ACTE are working diligently to plan a programme that will be highly valuable and attractive to both business and industry


As part of an initiative to refresh the traditional conference format, CAPA and ACTE have cut back on the number of panel sessions and restructured the educational sessions to deliver instructional workshops that will provide attendees with best practice methodologies for sourcing and negotiating air, accommodation, TMC and ground transportation contracts.



In addition, brand new innovations will provide much needed variation to the conference format. These innovations include the ‘Learning Labs’, an open learning environment consisting of 20-30 minute presentations on cutting edge industry topics and the ‘Tech Studios’, where select suppliers will undertake fast-paced demos showcasing the latest technological solutions to common travel pain points.



The subjects covered at the conference are designed to be buyer centric, helping corporate travel executives to improve their understanding on issues such as:


• Latest strategic developments in global aviation: the impact of new aircraft, new business models and airport systems on both the aviation industry and the traveller

• Modern technologies and game changers that will help transform travel programmes, save costs and generate efficiencies

• Voice of the customer: Unpacking what today's macro trends and big picture issues mean for the buyer

• The spokes of corporate travel: fly, sleep, ground, pay, meet, support and book

• What does "support" mean in today's corporate travel environment - debunking the myths and exposing the realities of new technologies, AI and data analytics. The bottom line impact.

• Managing travel policy and measuring costs against ROI

• Sourcing and negotiating air/car/hotel programmes

• What procurement is looking for from the travel industry

• Latest developments in the realm of NDC and payments

• The future of the TMC as commercial models evolve



Delegate passes and sponsorship slots are selling out quickly



To avoid disappointment, attendees are advised to register as soon as possible before delegate passes sell out. Early Bird tickets are available until 03-Nov-2018, while special rates are on offer for ACTE members. Corporate travel buyers are able to register free of charge. Sponsorship and exhibition slots are also selling quickly and interested suppliers should contact CAPA to discuss available packages.



CAPA and ACTE are pleased to collaborate to deliver an important industry forum
ACTE Global executive director Greeley Koch, said: “Since 2012 ACTE Global has been bringing the corporate travel industry together in Australia and New Zealand. Our singular focus is to make sure that the corporate travel buyers have the latest insights and knowledge about the ever changing industry,” said Greeley Koch, executive director at ACTE Global. “Through the years, we have conducted ACTE Research to identify trends and then bring the discussion to life through our in-person events. We look forward to working with CAPA to bring another event to Sydney that covers the corporate travel industry in a way that is innovative and unique.”



CAPA executive chairman Peter Harbison said: “We are pleased to be continuing our successful partnership with ACTE to deliver the 2018 CAPA-ACTE Global Summit & Corporate Lodging Forum. At a time when the travel industry is rapidly changing, the Summit is a vitally important forum for dissecting what these changes, such as the introduction of new technologies, evolving TMC commercial models and the IATA led NDC initiative, mean for both suppliers and buyers. We invite all procurement leaders, travel category leads and industry executives from across Australia to join us in Sydney to network and engage in dynamic discussions.”


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