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GBTA and ISM to Host Third Annual Travel & Meetings Summit in New Orleans

FOR RELEASE: March 7, 2011

Media Contacts:
Jean McHale |
Public Relations Manager
Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM)
(U.S. only) 480-752-6276, extension 3143
(International) +1 480-752-6276, extension 3143
Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Logo Meghan Henning |
Director of Communications
Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)
(U.S. only) 703/236-1133

Featuring New Pre-Summit One-Day Workshop

(Alexandria, VA and Tempe, AZ) March 7, 2011 — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Institute for Supply Management ™ (ISM) together with exclusive media partner, today announced the third annual GBTA and ISM Travel and Meetings Summit is to be held April 19-20, 2011 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans.

The Summit is designed to meet the needs of senior purchasing and supply management professionals with oversight responsibilities for their companies' meeting and business travel spend. The two-day program will feature the latest research on trends in indirect services procurement, how to align procurement with corporate performance as well as case studies from leading corporations who have optimized these categories.

"As more trips are taken and as rates are expected to increase this year, the importance of this event is obvious. Helping participants find new efficiencies in their travel and meeting spend will help them drive better results for their clients or companies," said Mike McCormick, Executive Director and COO, GBTA. "We are pleased to partner with ISM again to host this important event and provide those in the industry far-reaching access to the knowledge and training that will continue to positively impact companies into the future — the progression of our industry is pushed forward by powerful events such as this summit."

"The recovering economy and the increasing price of fuel are going to drive up the costs related to business travel," said ISM CEO Paul Novak, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., MCIPS. "More and more, supply management professionals are being tasked with the responsibility for this spend. Whether this task is a new area of responsibility or an existing one, a conference devoted to this spend can only serve to make you more successful in its management."

Also new for 2011 is a Pre-Summit workshop on Strategic Meetings Management: Building the Business Case. This one-day intensive workshop is designed to help participants clearly articulate the benefits of implementing a Strategic Meetings Management Program (SMMP) in their corporate environment. The Pre-Summit workshop is open to both buyer/managers and suppliers of SMM programs.

The Pre-Summit workshop is complimentary to all full Summit attendees or available at cost of US$199 for individuals not registered to attend the GBTA and ISM Summit.

Online registration and a full agenda for the Travel and Meetings Summit can be found on the GTBA Website. Click here to follow link.

About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world's premier business travel and meetings organization. Collectively, GBTA's 5,000-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of 17,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research, and advocacy. For more information, visit

About Institute for Supply Management™ |
Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals with an interest in supply management who live and work in more than 75 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).