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Travel Tech Companies to Take Center Stage at GBTA Convention 2019

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Alexandria, VA - The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today unveiled another Center Stage panel in an exciting line-up of compelling content for GBTA Convention 2019, held August 3-7 in Chicago. The session is made possible by Southwest Airlines.

The panel, Travel Technology: Disruptors or Problem Solvers?, will feature a lively and insightful debate on the true meaning of the buzzword disruptive technology. They will discuss what circumstances promote a need for new technology and how organizations are using solution-based technology to approach business challenges. Disruptors will take the stage to showcase their products and solutions for such challenges, to share relevant use cases and to discuss the industry impact.

The panel will be moderated by Reggie Aggarwal, CEO and Founder, Cvent, on Monday August 5 at 12PM. Panelists include:

  • Mickey Beyer-Clausen, CEO, Timeshifter® - The Jet Lag App®
  • Ali Bora Isbulan, CEO, TAV Operations Services Co.
  • Ariel Cohen, CEO and Co-Founder, TripActions

"As our industry continues to evolve and face rapidly changing technological solutions, we look forward to these CEOs sharing their insights on how to use technology to build better travel programs and solve the industry's most pressing challenges," 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

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 four 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


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