Biz travel show reveals education strand

The Business Travel Show has launched a brand new educational
programme for 2007. Featuring both Conference Sessions and Debates, the programme
offers more sessions, more topics and better value for money than previously.

“The Business Travel Show conference sessions are always popular with visitors so we
have decided to offer delegates even more choice next year,” explained event
director David Chapple.


“The all-new 2007 Conference Programme has two elements to it: the Conference
Sessions and the Business Travel Show Debates. The programme gives delegates a
choice of two very different experiences and learning opportunities, as well as a
much broader choice of topics and the chance to layer their learning programme.
Multiple sessions on the same issue as well as daily themes mean delegates can
choose to scrape the surface of an issue, or opt to take time to develop a much
deeper understanding.”



The Business Travel Show Conference Sessions offer practical advice for business
travel bookers and buyers, and organisers have introduced a wide range of sessions
specifically designed for SMEs. 


Robert Daykin - senior partner with The Corporate Travel Partnership - is leading a
conference session on How SMEs Can Beat the Big Buyers of Travel: “The biggest
business travel issue facing SMEs today is not having the specialist knowledge of,
and expertise in, the travel and expenses category to know when they are being taken
advantage of by the supply chain. My session will share with delegates ideas on how
to get value out of their current travel spend and practical examples of new ways to
approach this category.”


Additional sessions will feature seasoned business travel experts, including Paul
Tilstone (ITM), Emma Harris (Eurostar), Bob Atkins (Travel Supermarket), discussing
key topics such as loyalty programmes, the Internet and procurement.


CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) is hosting four sessions on
February 14 and 15: Total Cost of Travel: How to Go After the Big Saving Wins,
Controlling Traveller Behaviour, Outsourcing You Travel Programme and Automating the
Travel Procurement and Management Process.


When it comes to managing travel online, one session promises to Demystify Internet
Search for delegates, and business travel author Graeme Payne will explain how to
Use the Internet to Maximise Efficiency and Find the Best Deals.


“The conference sessions - which will run in line with a daily theme - are designed
to help delegates get the most from their travel and meetings spend, as well as
offering tips and guidance for adopting more efficient travel management and
processes,” continued David Chapple. “With the programme being much broader and
deeper this year, we believe there really will be something for everyone.”


The all-new Business Travel Show Debates have been produced by ACTE and will feature
lively exchanges on the hottest topics affecting business travel from leading
industry experts. Throughout the debates, delegates will be invited to interact with
and interrogate the speakers, as well as make suggestions and offer opinions.


Bernard Harrop, founder of Imagine Group Management, will moderate the ‘green’
debates, which debut on February 13: “I think it’s great that the Business Travel
Show has introduced a ‘green day’ to the educational programme,” he said.


“The biggest single challenge facing business travel, other than terrorism, is
greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability. Companies have been slow to recognise
the impact their journeys have on the environment and, as a consequence, their own
business. Failure to recognise these issues, and do nothing, will undoubtedly affect
the way that shareholders and stakeholders value a company’s performance. The time
is right for a serious approach to this subject and I am pleased the Business Travel
Show is focusing so much of their educational time to this topic.”