More Than 1,000 Business Travel Buyers Registered for GBTA Convention 2014, Earliest in Convention History Overall Attendance Also on Record Breaking Pace, Nearing 4,000 Registered Attendees

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)—the voice of the global business travel industry—announced that more than 1,000 business travel buyers have registered for GBTA Convention 2014, marking the earliest in the event's history that this milestone has been reached. Overall registration is also on record breaking pace with nearly 4,000 attendees currently registered.

"Travel buyers are the heartbeat of a company's travel program—they make sure travel continues while also making sure company dollars are wisely invested," said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO. "The GBTA Convention keeps innovating and improving each year, making it the premiere place to bring together these agents of growth, connecting travel managers and suppliers and continuing to energize the business travel industry."

With more to come, GBTA has already announced a stellar line-up of fascinating speakers for this year's event. Convention Arena will feature Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey who has been a leader in transforming the traditional television model with his Netflix debut of House of Cards as well as award winning actor and comedian Jason Alexander. The Center Stage line-up of industry speakers includes John Pistole, U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator; Jeff Smisek, president and CEO of United Airlines; Richard Anderson, Delta CEO; Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines Group and American Airlines; and Steve Singh, Concur CEO and Chairman.

The 2014 Convention theme, Business in Motion, aptly describes how the event will unfold as nearly 7,000 attendees from all facets of the business travel industry come together for five days of continuous motion at the business travel event of the year. GBTA will broadcast LIVE from the LA Convention Center, bringing you world-class keynote speakers, more than 80 industry-leading education sessions, the largest business travel expo floor, a wide selection of professional development opportunities and much more providing attendees the opportunity to build their careers and get business done. 

Attendee registration is open now. New programs and speakers will be unveiled throughout 2014. For the latest developments and more information, please visit gbta.org/convention.   

Media registration is complimentary and available online.  

About GBTA Convention
The GBTA Convention, with nearly 7,000 attendees, is the largest, most comprehensive annual gathering of business travel and meetings managers, meeting planners, procurement professionals and suppliers anywhere in the world. The Business Travel Event of the Year ®  features: more than 80 industry-leading education sessions organized into 20+ specialized tracks geared to specific levels of experience and a variety of disciplines; a 400+ company Exposition showcasing market choices not available at other industry gatherings; sessions featuring world-renowned speakers and industry leaders; a wide selection of professional development opportunities; and, much more. For more information on the GBTA Convention, visit gbta.org/convention.

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 6,600-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of 21,000 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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