Professional Development

Fundamentals of Business Travel Management™

July 15-16, 2017 | 8:00am – 4:00pm
(Two day program; must attend both days)

Room 253A (Level 2)

The Fundamentals of Business Travel Management™ is designed as a guide to the key facets of managed travel, the Fundamentals curriculum includes the full range of basics – safety, policy, trends, performance and more. Through this in-person course, participants will gain a career boost and a better understanding of business travel management.
Fees: $450 for GBTA member, $500 for non-member
GTP Recertification Credits: 14
To learn more, contact the Manager of Professional Development, Kelly Moffett.

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Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™

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July 15-16, 2017 | 8:00am – 4:00pm
(Two day program; must attend both days)

Room 253B (Level 2)

The Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™ is the advanced education offering that focuses on the key competences required of business travel professionals. It is intended for travel buyers overseeing a managed business travel program and suppliers offering travel-related products and services. 
This two-day workshop is designed to cover four main topics including strategic planning, buyer and supplier relationships, travel program administration, and data analysis. The new course will be taught by subject matter experts who will facilitate high-level discussion on industry best practices in the strategic planning, sourcing, contracting, travel policy development and compliance, risk management, strategic meeting management, and data analysis. 
Fees: $450 for GBTA member, $500 for non-member

GTP Recertification Credits: 14        

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Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Program – Critical Thinking, Intuition and Innovation

July 15-16, 2017 | 8:00am - 4:00pm
(Two day program; must attend both days)
Co-sponsored by:

Room 253C (Level 2)

RadiusTravel       Southwest

Every leader must make complex decisions, analyze risk and nurture innovation in their organizations. In this course on Critical Thinking, Intuition and Innovation, you'll learn methods to map out risks, rewards and varying outcomes so you can logically assess the consequences of your choices and make more confident, profitable decisions, while creating better products, processes and services for your customers.

Fees: $1,150 for GBTA member, $1,650 for non-member
To learn more, contact the Manager of Professional Development, Kelly Moffett.

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Global Leadership Professional ® (GLP) Designation Program

July 15-16, 2017 | 8:00am – 4:00pm
(Two day program; must attend both days)

Room 253C (Level 2)

The GLP Designation Program is intended for those who have completed the GLP coursework, received their Certificate of Professional Development, and then apply that knowledge to help further the industry through a related group project. The results of each group's project will be shared with the business travel community during an education session at the GBTA Convention. Those interested in participating in the 2017 - 2018 GLP Designation Program group must have the requirements necessary to receive your Certificate of Professional Development by July 2017.
Fee: $5,000 (must be a GBTA member to participate)
To learn more, contact the Manager of Professional Development, Kelly Moffett

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Global Travel Professional® (GTP) Certification Exam

July 16, 2017 | 9:00am - 12:00pm
Room 252AB (Level 2)

The GTP Certification Exam is designed to raise industry standards, enhance work performance, and recognize individuals who demonstrate core competencies essential to the business travel management discipline. The GTP Certification Exam brings three key benefits to those who earn their Certification Exam by:

Facilitating professional growth and development 
Communicating a commitment to one’s career to peers, supervisors, and the industry at large
Increasing the likelihood of individual recognition and career advancement

For more information, contact Matt Konetschni.

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GBTA Foundation Events

GBTA Foundation 11th Annual Golf Classic

Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 7:00am – 2:00PM

The GBTA Foundation has selected Pinehills Golf Club as the site of the 11th Annual Golf Classic to “tee off” the start of the GBTA Convention in Boston. Located just a short drive from downtown, Pinehills Golf Club was named one of the “Top 10 Best Places to Play” by Golf Magazine. The annual GBTA Foundation Golf Classic brings together over 140 leaders in the business travel industry for a morning of networking and championship level golf. Enjoy a beautiful day on the Jones course, hit the greens, and network with your industry colleagues prior to a busy week in Boston!

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Discover Boston: Fenway Park

Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 9:00am - 11:30am

"America's Most Beloved Ballpark" is uniquely nestled in the city of Boston. Fenway Park is a place where dreams are made, traditions are celebrated and baseball is forever. See the home of Red Sox Legends, Williams, Yaz, Fisk and Rice. Visit Pesky's Pole and sit atop the world famous Green Monster which stands 37 feet 2 inches high overlooking leftfield. Our experienced tour guides will provide a thrilling, one hour, walking tour of Fenway Park and the visit will be followed by a 30-mins presentation of the operations behind some of Fenway’s yearly events outside of baseball.

Fees: $50 for GBTA member, $100 for non-member

Pre-registration required. Transportation included to and from the Boston Convention and Exibition Center.

To learn more, contact the Assistant Manager of Training, Rosemarie Bundoc.

GBTA Foundation Partner Reception (Invite Only)

Sunday, July 16 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: InterContinental Boston

Sponsored by: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants 


The GBTA Foundation Partner Reception is an exclusive, invitation-only event to honor the partners and their collective contributions to¬ward our global research initiatives, world-class education offerings, and scholarship programs.

Enter to win a luxury vacation for only $10

GBTA Foundation 18th Annual Prize Drawing

The GBTA Foundation will hold its 18th Annual Prize Drawing during the GBTA Convention in Boston. Throughout the GBTA Convention, the Foundation will draw the winners of luxury vacation prizes, which include: round-trip airfare for two, week-long stay for two, $150 gift card, free airport parking, and more.

Tickets can be purchased on-site or in advance at You do NOT need to be present to win. Proceeds from the drawing will be used to help the Foundation continue to provide research and education to the business travel industry.

Visit the GBTA Foundation Annual Prize Drawing Booth located in the Main Entrance Lobby to purchase your tickets!

GBTA Cares Service Project

Time: Saturday, July 15, 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Fee: There is a $50 fee to participate in the GBTA Convention 2017 Service Project.

Proceeds from fees collected will be donated to benefit Cradles to Crayons.

GBTA Cares, an effort to aggregate resources from the travel community to support CSR initiatives globally, has selected the Boston affiliate of Cradles to Crayons for the 2017 Service Project. Cradles to Crayons (C2C) provides children living in homeless and low income situations the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. C2C provides children from birth to pre-teen with the clothing, books, safety equipment, and other basics they need to thrive.

On behalf of GBTA Cares, we welcome you to the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory where together volunteers will sort, and package new and like-new donations into customized "C2C KidPacks" which will be distributed to disadvantaged children across the state through a collaborative network of local social service agencies.

Come roll up your sleeves with GBTA Cares and Cradles to Crayons and experience a tangible, hands-on volunteer opportunity!

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