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BT SHOW 2016 PREVIEW BY BBT EDITORIAL TEAM


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HOSTED BUYER PROGRAMME In 2015, the show hosted buyers from organisations including Amazon, Arcelormittal, Bacardi, BBC, Barclays, Bloomberg, Capgemini, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Dyson, Google, Kimberly Clark, the Ministry of Defence of Finland, Primark, Ricoh Europe, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, UBS and Zurich Insurance. 98 per cent rated their overall experience as good or excellent, and 83 per cent rated the conference sessions the same.


Hosted buyers commit to at least five appointments per day with exhibitors of their choice, and benefits include complimentary travel and accommodation, and access to the hosted buyer-only pre-show conference sessions on February 23 (see p87 for more details).


EDUCATION The show’s conference programme offers masterclasses, seminars and panel sessions to suit all levels of experience – see p87.


LAUNCH PAD The new Launch Pad area showcases young businesses with innovative business travel products and services. Find out about start-ups such as DUFL, Be Travelwise and Magic Event.


The BT show survey asked...


What will be the biggest issue facing you as a buyer in 2016?


01. Cutting costs while maintaining quality 02. Increasing compliance 03 GDS content 04. Risk management vs cost savings 05. Increasing hotel rates 06. Airline pricing 07. Supplier negotiations 08. Securing value for money 09. Online adoption/booking 10. Mobile apps


INTERNATIONAL HOTEL VILLAGE The International Hotel Village returns for its third year and has grown, featuring leading global and local hotel providers including Choice Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels Group, NH Hotel Group and Wyndham. New exhibitors include Belmond, Leonardo Hotels, The Nadler and Warwick Hotels.


AIRLINE PAVILION


The Airline Pavilion hosts a line-up of global carriers, where buyers can source new suppliers and refine their air programmes.


RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL MANAGEMENT ZONE This area showcases duty-of-care-related products and services, together with presentations, case studies and other resources.


GTMC PAVILION The Guild of Travel Management Companies Pavilion brings many of its members to the Business Travel Show, including TMCs, airlines, car rental suppliers, and expense management suppliers.


ASAP PAVILION OF SERVICED APARTMENT PROVIDERS The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers Pavilion is featured alongside the International Serviced Apartment Pavilion, showcasing a wide range of accommodation solutions.


BUSINESS TRAVEL TECHNOLOGY ZONE TMCs, agents and corporate travel buyers can source their corporate travel technology needs in the Business Travel Technology Zone, which houses a full spectrum of technology suppliers demonstrating new products, services and solutions.


Visit us for a glass of fine wine!


BBT’S SISTER PUBLICATION, BUSINESS TRAVELLER, runs Cellars in the Sky – the annual contest to find the world’s best airline wines and champagnes served in first and business class. More than 30 leading carriers enter these prestigious awards, which are blind-judged by leading wine experts. We will be serving the winning entries on the Panacea Publishing stand – home of BBT and Business Traveller – at various times throughout the two show days. So make sure you drop by!


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