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OPINION


WORDS ADRIAN PARKES


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Y FIRST MESSAGE in this edition of BBT is to wish all its readers a happy and prosperous new year. The year gone by was certainly unusual on many fronts, but as we bid 2018 a final farewell, we can reflect on how the end of one year sets the tone for the year ahead. For us at the GTMC, the end of 2018 was especially busy. We held our Domestic Conference in London in December, which addressed a most “Business Unusual” 2018. The event brought to the stage Easyjet’s chief executive Johan Lundgren, as well as specialists across the industry, including Border Force, Tourism Alliance and the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. The discussion ranged from Brexit and party politics to the opportunities our industry


LIVING WITH UNCERTAINTY


Members of the GTMC are ready for


whatever is in store and will use their experience to adapt and overcome


offers future leaders, managers, entrepreneurs and those just starting out in their careers. The overall take was that our members are collectively positive in working together across the industry in a joint effort to see the sector grow and solve many of the common issues impacting on all. At our 2019 Readiness Forum we addressed again the hot topic of NDC, having a good discussion with our technology and airline partners. The debate will continue during the year ahead as we move through a transitional period towards a scalable model in 2020. Our Air Matters and Hotel and Apartments


sector conferences allowed us to engage with industry experts on the topics that impact our members and industry partners,


and helped shape strategic direction for the year ahead. We were welcomed to Parliament in November when our members met with 11 MPs to promote


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the needs of the business travel sector and its importance to trade and economic value. We were greatly encouraged by the reception of our views.


PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURS As the UK’s leading professional body for TMCs, we can’t help but pay special attention to the future talent in our sector. Following the success of its inaugural year in 2018, we used the platform of our annual


AS AN


INDUSTRY, WE HAVE OVERCOME MANY PREVIOUS UNSETTLED PERIODS OF CHANGE


conference to announce the 2019 Entrepreneur in Business Travel Awards. Calling for innovative minds to submit their work, we aim to help them on their path to success and create opportunities that would normally take years.


In another drive to nuture future talent in the industry, we are incredibly proud of our partnership with Bournemouth University. We’re enthusiastic about the opportunities created to engage with our members and industry partners, highlighting career options open to students and continuing to invest in enhancing the intellectual capital within the business travel sector for the years to come. We are also keen to foster the partnership that flourished in 2018 with Travilearn, with whom we have developed the GTMC-certified courses and Diploma in Business Travel to help establish a “gold standard” in corporate travel training. We’ve a busy year ahead. It is clear that with the ongoing political uncertainty, 2019 won’t be without its challenges. As an industry, we have overcome many previous unsettled periods of change. GTMC members are prepared to meet those challenges. With an unrelenting focus on continuing to advise and deliver travel requirements for their clients, as well as nurturing talent to future-proof the sector, we’re in a strong position for taking on 2019.


Adrian Parkes is chief executive of the GTMC, which represents travel management companies (gtmc.org)


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