At GoldSpring, we are dedicated to helping travel managers cut through the noise and focus on those areas most relevant to improving their programs. In that light, we offer the following summary of what we consider to be the top takeaways from GBTA Convention 2017.

The reality is that educating travel, meetings and events managers and procurement folks to follow new, more efficient processes and adopt new technology takes careful planning and consistent, dedicated communication. Yet travel and meeting managers all too often fall under the spell of the myth of the “M” word. That is, if they’ve been able to win a mandate from a CEO or other senior executive (for, let’s say, a new travel or meetings policy), they think all will magically fall into place, and everyone will follow that mandate.

Here at GoldSpring, we are busy making final preparations for GBTA Convention 2017 in Boston. Session presentations are being finalized, schedules coordinated, appointments booked, and social plans made. With this year marking the 20th (or more!) GBTA Convention for several of our team members, we thought we’d share our advice and wisdom gained over the years with our readers.

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Our Top 10 Takeaways from GBTA Convention 2017

At GoldSpring, we are dedicated to helping travel managers cut through the noise and focus on those areas most relevant to improving their programs. In that light, we offer the following summary of what we consider to be the top takeaways from GBTA Convention 2017.

Is a Mandated Policy Really Nirvana?

The reality is that educating travel, meetings and events managers and procurement folks to follow new, more efficient processes and adopt new technology takes careful planning and consistent, dedicated communication. Yet travel and meeting managers all too often fall under the spell of the myth of the “M” word. That is, if they’ve been able to win a mandate from a CEO or other senior executive (for, let’s say, a new travel or meetings policy), they think all will magically fall into place, and everyone will follow that mandate.

Our Team’s Tips for GBTA Convention 2017

Here at GoldSpring, we are busy making final preparations for GBTA Convention 2017 in Boston. Session presentations are being finalized, schedules coordinated, appointments booked, and social plans made. With this year marking the 20th (or more!) GBTA Convention for several of our team members, we thought we’d share our advice and wisdom gained over the years with our readers.

Join the GoldSpring team at GBTA Convention 2017

We’d like to invite you to visit with us at the GBTA Convention in Boston and discover more about our independent consultancy and the services we provide to support all aspects of managed travel programs, including software solutions to analyze and benchmark programs.

Surviving Business Travel: Airports & Hotels Focus on Wellness

With so much attention on the traveler experience, I am not surprised to see suppliers stepping up to the plate when it comes to wellness. Business travelers have always been challenged with maintaining a healthy lifestyle while on the road. From poor food choices in airports and on planes to minibars in the hotel rooms, diets can easily get sabotaged.

RFP, RFI, RFQ – Why Suppliers Are Opting Out of the Bid Process (Part 2)

By Kevin Iwamoto, Senior Consultant Note: Part 1 of this blog was devoted to defining the terms request for proposal, request for information and request for quote. I recently spoke with an executive friend from a large travel management company who shared with me that his firm has become very selective about the number of RFPs […]