GBTA Continues Global Expansion With Launch of GBTA Brazil

04 Jan, 2012, 09:00 ET from Global Business Travel Association

Industry Veteran Wellington Costa Appointed President of GBTA Brazil To Deliver and Expand GBTA's Robust Offering of Benefits to Members

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)—the voice of the global business travel industry—is pleased to announce the launch of GBTA Brazil, which will expand the focus of business travel management through conferences and educational offerings in Brazil.  GBTA Brazil will work closely with GBTA Latin America and focus on growth and development of the organization, supporting GBTA's ongoing commitment to globalization.

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GBTA is proud to announce the appointment of Wellington Costa to the newly created position of President of GBTA Brazil.  Costa currently serves as the regional director of TCG Consulting for Latin America where he is responsible for corporate travel management, procurement, training and education in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. He spent over 30 years as a travel manager working for Sedco Forex Drilling Company (Schlumberger), the U.S. Embassy and Telefonica.  He also worked in the airline industry with Varig Brazilian Airlines and Pan American World Airlines and brings over 35 years of industry experience to his new role.

"GBTA is thrilled to be branching out further into Brazil with the leadership of Wellington Costa. We are certain that he will be instrumental in bringing the wide-range of benefits GBTA has to offer to members across Brazil and will extend the GBTA global footprint," said Luis Yglesias, GBTA's regional director for Latin America.  "We are pleased with the response to our expansion throughout Central and South America including the launch of volunteer organizations in Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Panama and now Brazil. It's an exciting time for the association as we bring together more travel managers globally to share resources and know-how and elevate the profession of travel management."

"Spearheading this important effort is an honor for me. I believe in strength in numbers and uniting buyers around the world who share in the common goal of pushing progress forward. Careers will be enhanced and companies around the world will benefit as we take the profession to the next level," said Wellington Costa.  

About the 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 17,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research, and advocacy. For more information, visit gbta.org.   

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