Paul Wait joined the GTMC as chief executive in January 2013 a position he was highly qualified for having previously held high profile TMC and TMC supplier jobs.
He entered the travel industry aged sixteen as a rail clerk with American Express Travel in Liverpool, where he wrote on tickets made out of card and spoke directly with British Rail staff on the phone. He moved up the ranks at American Express with an illustrious twenty-seven year career, rising to the position of VP sales. There then followed a thirteen-year period at Virgin Atlantic Airways – culminating in GM UK, global and multinational sales.
Wait now heads up an organization whose thirty-nine members account for more than 80% of the business travel spend in the UK. During the short time he has been onboard membership has increased by more than 10%, likewise the recruitment of GTMC partners and he has orchestrated a highly successful conference in Barcelona entitled ‘Are We Ready’, which notably headlined only two speakers from the travel industry.
Since arriving at the GTMC Wait’s mantra has been ‘Travel is An Investment not a Cost’; companies must invest in business travel if they wish to see their businesses grow out of the recession.