Advisory Board Welcomes New Members

Three of the Four New Members

12 Jun 2013

Business Travel Market (BTM) has enhanced its Advisory Board of leading figures from both the supplier and buyer communities as the exhibition continues to build momentum ahead of its 2013 edition.

The new members joining the Advisory Board include Paul Simmons, UK Director, easyJet; Linda Bekoe, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Global Hospitality Services (GHS); Paul Wait, Chief Executive, Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC) and Jo Layton, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing EMEA, BridgeStreet Serviced Apartments. They join the existing board members which include Tony Pilcher, Pilcher Associates; Tom Stone, Sirius Management and Chris Crowley, Head of Global Client Development EMEA, BCD Travel.

The Advisory Board will help the Reed Travel Exhibitions event management team shape a dynamic forum and develop greater educational content, networking and business opportunities, while also maximising return on investment for Hosted Buyers®, visitors, sponsors and exhibitors. The board will also suggest educational content and speakers for the conference sessions including the keynote addresses, as well as assisting in the recruitment of Hosted Buyers®, ensuring the proposition for the event meets the needs of both buyers and suppliers.

“The Advisory Board will be influential in offering independent insight and help us to put on the best possible event for the industry and our customers. Their wealth of knowledge, experience and big brand representation will be a boost to the show and I am delighted to be working with them to develop the show, not just for this year but in the coming years also,” comments Graeme Barnett, Event Director, Business Travel Market.

Business Travel Market will take place 6-7 November 2013 at ExCeL London, alongside World Travel Market.  





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-- About Business Travel Market  --

Business Travel Market is Europe’s premier event for the business travel industry, taking place annually it is now in its fifth year. Bringing together corporate travel buyers with a combined spend power of over 15 billion euros, the show represents the very best of the business travel market.  

The show boasts the most comprehensive and coveted Hosted Buyer® Programme in the industry, attended by qualified senior buyers of business travel. These buyers and the show’s visitors are treated to the very best brands and organisations, supplying goods and services for managed business travel.

Business Travel Market creates the perfect environment for these two audiences to do business together. This environment includes one of the most respected educational programmes in the market, providing tailored, relevant, intelligent and quality professional development for the industry.    


“Business Travel Market was well organised. As hosted buyers, we were kept well-informed in advance of the show. We particularly enjoyed the seminars which were very informative as well. We shall be taking the educational content back to our teams.”
Ekaterina Afanasieva, Accenture (Hosted Buyer)

“There is a great selection of suppliers at Business Travel Market, with the show being a good, manageable size. The conference sessions were excellent.”
Karen Adni, Anixter International (Hosted Buyer)

“Air Berlin enjoyed a good stand location amid the traffic flow, and enjoyed the clear and helpful nature of the automatic confirmation system for appointments with registered visitors.”
Rogier Dejager, Air Berlin (Exhibitor)

“We had a fantastic event and all our pre-registered appointments were of a very high standard. We have generated some great new business relationships and will definitely return next year. Thank you for a professionally arranged event.”
Sally Raith-Riches, Brooklands Hotel (Exhibitor)

“Great show! I received tons of leads and had a full diary of top notch meetings both days.”
James Swift, Skyline Worldwide Accommodations (Exhibitor)

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