National Business Travel Association (NBTA) is hosting a series of classes on the Fundamentals of Business Travel Management at THETRADESHOW (Travel Retailing and Destination Expo) in Orlando on Sunday Sept. 10, 2006. The coursework will put participants on the road to completing the Fundamentals of Business Travel Management series and earning the CTE (Corporate Travel Executive) designation.

“Partnering with NBTA allows THETRADESHOW to reach a broader audience of travel professionals who seek to expand their knowledge of business travel and the management process,” said William A. Maloney, CTC, ASTA executive vice-president and COO. “Those who take advantage of the Fundamentals of Business Travel course offered by NBTA will benefit a great deal from the experience and expertise of the facilitators, who have years of proven results in effective travel management.”
The Fundamentals of Business Travel is NBTA’s starter course, focusing on the basics of business travel management. This workshop is designed as a guide to the primary components of managed travel. Attendees will learn how each component intersects with the required competencies and skill sets needed in business travel management. The course will also teach participants how to maximize cost containment, improve efficiency and create a managed travel culture within their respective agencies.

Facilitators will discuss travel safety and security, travel spending trends and benchmark metrics. An overview of business travel technology will be included, along with a comprehensive discussion on travel policy, savings opportunities and calculating the ROI of a managed travel program. Fundamentals of Business Travel is designed for administrative assistants, coordinators, travel managers new to travel management, and regional/district sales managers for travel suppliers new to travel management.

“NBTA is pleased to offer The Fundamentals of Business Travel Management to attendees of THETRADESHOW,” said Bill Connors, CTC, NBTA executive director and COO. “As travel agents increasingly find success through specialization, corporate travel management offers an opportunity for travel agents to create or expand thriving businesses. NBTA’s Fundamentals course will give participants a base of knowledge for entering the corporate travel management field.”