The Buyer's Guide To Events: 5 Reasons to Attend

With the growing influence of business travel, there is an increasing number of industry events for buyers and travel managers alike.

It is imperative for FCM to be there as one of the world's leading travel management companies to showcase new solutions and technologies. But you may ask why should you attend as a buyer? Here are our top 5 reasons why you shouldn't miss the latest business travel industry events such as ACTE and GBTA. 

1. It's a great place to vendor-source

Attending large industry events gives you an opportunity to seek out the best solutions to your travel management needs or problems all in one place. You’ll be able to find advice around all the challenges in your program and get feedback from multiple sources and industry experts. Whether you are new to your role or a travel management veteran, the scope of the industry is continually evolving. Attending events allows you to stay current with best practices whilst creating a platform for benchmarking your own travel program.

2. Get an unrivalled learning experience

Large-scale events offer a huge platform for learning and education. From industry best practices to hot off-the-press news, such events give a chance to connect with senior leadership and subject matter experts in our industry. FCM experts from across Asia attend key events like GBTA and ACTE, so we ensure we have our industry best available to offer counsel and guidance on your travel program. Additionally, these events feature dedicated educational sessions giving you advice on how to tackle current challenges in risk management, payment and traveller friction.

3. Network with industry peers and thought-leaders

How often do you get the opportunity to sit in the same room as your clients, peers, prospects, competitors and industry experts? These conferences are unique in that they bring together the whole spectrum of the business travel industry in one place - giving you exceptional opportunities to network during coffee and tea breaks, benchmark your business, and keep your finger on the pulse. A varied program means that there is plenty of opportunity to interact with speakers and other delegates, stimulating debate and enlightening conversations that will give you useful insights to take back to your own business.

4. Stay ahead of the technology curve

When it comes to technology, the pace of evolution in our industry is relentless – how can you keep up? Industry events often have keynotes on new or upcoming technological advancements that help you to be in the know and anticipate what it means to your business. At a recent event, we had the opportunity to flesh out the challenges and opportunities of New Distribution Capability (NDC) with our valued partners – a key topic that engaged and greatly benefited both panellists and participants.

5. Get involved and have fun!

Last but not least, what better way to have fun than giving back to a community in need? At a recent event, we gave attendees an opportunity to make a difference by building a SolarBuddy light to join in the fight against energy poverty in Africa. The activity took only 10 minutes but it made a lasting impact to a community in need. It was also an excellent opportunity to build relationships in a more informal setting. Visit the FCM booth at our next event to find out what we have in store. 


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