GBTA Convention 2019 - Online Press Room

MONDAY, 15 JULY 2019

Hometown CEOs to Take Center Stage at GBTA Convention 2019

Panel to Features Hyatt Hotels and United Airlines

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today unveiled its first Center Stage panel for GBTA Convention 2019, held August 3-7 in Chicago. The session is made possible by RoomIt by CWT.

The panel, Hometown CEOs Take Center Stage, will feature two of our industry's most respected leaders sharing their unique perspectives on today's business environment and what opportunities lie ahead in the future. Both based in Chicago, these executives will address pressing industry issues including customer experience, loyalty and recruiting and retaining top talent in today's competitive world.

The panel will be moderated by Bhart Sarin, GBTA Board Chairman, on Monday August 5 at 11:30 AM. Panelists include:

  • Mark S. Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
  • Oscar Munoz, Chief Executive Officer, United Airlines

"As our industry continues to evolve, we look forward to welcoming these two highly respected leaders to the stage to share their perspectives on today's business environment and the changing business travel landscape," said Christle Johnson, GBTA President.

Held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, GBTA Convention 2019 will bring together over 7,000 business travel professionals from more than 50 countries across the globe. It will feature world-class keynote speakers, more than 175 industry-leading education sessions, the largest business travel expo floor, a wide selection of professional development opportunities and much more, providing attendees the opportunity for professional development and to get business done.

Attendee registration remains open. More info on programs and speakers will be unveiled throughout the coming weeks. For the latest developments and more information, please visit

Media registration is complimentary and available online. GBTA's fifth annual Media Day on August 4, 2019 will feature back-to-back news announcements throughout the morning from top travel companies around the world, giving media an exclusive pass to the latest travel industry news.

About the Global Business Travel Association

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world's largest business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations across six continents. GBTA's members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth, visit

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Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)
123 North Pitt Street
USA - Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-684-0836
Fax: 703-342-4324


Colleen Lerro Gallagher
Phone: +1 703 236 1133

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Leading up to Convention we will be sharing behind the scenes info, speaker announcements and more. Onsite you can expect live coverage on twitter for Center Stage, Convention Arena and select education sessions.