GBTA in Chicago 2019

GBTA Chicago

Join FCM in Chicago from August 3 – 7 for The Business Travel Event of the Year® featuring 400+ exhibiting companies, 175+ education & professional development sessions and nearly 7000 attendees representing over 50 countries. 

GBTA has asked the travel community how they would define today’s corporate travel buyer?
Is it someone who manages the travel experience for their organization’s employees? Do they micromanage every aspect of transportation and accommodations for their travelers? Are they also involved in the planning and execution of corporate meetings and events? And how has this role changed over the past year? Decade? Century?

All that is certain is that the role of the travel buyer is evolving. Tomorrow’s travel professionals are being defined by emerging technologies which have transformed the modern managed travel experience. Every day, new roles and responsibilities are created for travel buyers—to include procurement, human resources, security/risk mitigation and meetings management. New security risks have altered the very identity of the travel professional, who must now factor current geopolitical issues into consideration.

Welcome to GBTA Convention 2019—where the next generation of travel professionals meet world-class education and networking with industry-leading suppliers. 

As the industry evolves, so must we adapt! FCM is always thinking ahead into the future and adapting for our customers through our service and our technology. Come meet us at booth 4412 and find out how we have evolved, how we adapt and how we connect your travel program. 

Date: August 3-7, 2019
Location: Chicago, Illinois

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Unwind with FCM and Lyft at our cocktail hour taking place at the FCM booth. An opportunity to wind down the day with your peers and the FCM and Lyft team's over some drinks and nibbles. You'll still have the opportunity for technology demos and to talk business with a glass in hand!

Date: Monday, August 5th
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Booth 4412


Come party on Lake Michigan with FCM!

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Dance the night away on board one of Chicago’s finest yachts and celebrate a great week of networking, education and adapting to the business travel industry.

Date: Tuesday August 6th

Time: 9:00 PM

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Our Webinar Education Sessions

Three is the magic number. 3 best practices for global risk management

Thursday, July 25th
Time: 2:30 PM EST

Presenters: Janet Baptist, Regional Account Management Leader, FCM
Jade Jacobs, Strategic Operations Manager, Commercial @ Mars Transversal Team
Theresa Thomas, Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships Worldaware

When it comes to implementing a global risk management strategy, where do you start?
With so much to cover, our 3 experts have simplified where to begin and provide insight from 3 very different and unique perspectives. Karly Theroff, Jade Jacobs and Theresa Thomas come together as the TMC, the buyer and the risk management company to home in on their 3 best practices and top tips to provide an invaluable session on duty of care.

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Changing workforce and emerging technologies - Corporate Travel in 2030

Tuesday, July 30th
Time: 10:00 AM EDT
Presenter: Carlo Bezoari

What will corporate travel look like in 2023?
What opportunities do travel managers need to leverage so their programs can stay ahead of the curve? How will these opportunities provide for an enhanced traveler experience? What technologies are emerging to support the future? All this and more will be covered in this fast paced and highly informative session which allows you to discover your programs greatest opportunities and prepare for the future.

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Build a SolarBuddy to light up the lives of those suffering from energy poverty

Visit FCM Travel Solutions at GBTA to build a SolarBuddy light and join FCM in the fight against energy poverty.

Approximately 18% of the world's population has no access to electricity which equates to 1.4 billion people living in the dark. This severely impacts education, health, the economy and the environment. SolarBuddy's mission is to help break this cycle and improve the educational opportunities of six million children living in darkness by providing them with solar lights to study after dusk. FCM is proud to be a partner and supporter of SolarBuddy and we’re giving you the chance to be part of this great cause by building a SolarBuddy light at the GBTA.

The lights only take 10 minutes to build and you get to write a note to go with your light.

What is a SolarBuddy?