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GBTA and ISM Announce New Procurement Symposium

FOR RELEASE: August 6, 2012

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

GBTA Procurement Symposium 2012 offers tools for managing a strong business travel program.

(Alexandria, VA & Tempe, AZ) August 6 — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) today announced the GBTA Procurement Symposium 2012 will be held October 23-24, 2012, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza.

The GBTA Procurement Symposium 2012 is a unique and cutting-edge event that will bring together the disciplines of procurement and travel management. The event is designed for procurement professionals who are part of the travel management process and travel professionals seeking a better understanding of the procurement side of managed travel.

The symposium features leading industry executives who will share fresh perspectives and approaches to business travel procurement and sourcing. This unique forum offers travel manager and supply managers takeaways, case studies and strategies for aligning procurement with overall business performance and addressing the challenges of building a strong travel program.

The GBTA Procurement Symposium 2012 is developed by an advisory board of leading supply management professionals and features up-to-date insights, tools and strategies to optimize travel spend and align procurement with overall business performance.

This one- and- one-half day program offers a mix of general sessions, concurrent breakout sessions, moderated panels, networking breaks and a lunch keynote economic forecast.

Register by August 17, 2012 and save US$200 off the GBTA/ISM member rate, and to be automatically entered to win an Apple iPad. Registration fee for GBTA/ISM members is US$595 on or before August 17, 2012. (US$695 after August 17 and US$795 after August 21, 2012).

Online registration for the GBTA Procurement Symposium can be found on the GBTA website. Visit to register and to view the full agenda and sponsorship opportunities.

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 21,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research, and advocacy.

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) |
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 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®), Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) qualifications, and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).