NJBTA Newletter Oct 7 2016 Print

September Meeting

 September meeting at the NJ Sharing Network

   Thanks to all for a great panel discussion on “The Convergence of Corporate Travel and Meetings" and the NJ Sharing Network 

Panel Discussion Moderated by, Beth West Editor in Chief, Business Travel News
Dan Tarpey, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Meetings & Incentives Worldwide
Michelle Shannon, Sr. Manager Meetings Management, Novo Nordisk
Melissa Nahama SMMC, HMCC, Director of Business Development, BCDMeetings & Events

   Attendees walked away with some easy  collective wins but also some longer-term strategies in how Travel and Meetings teams can work together.

  The panel had a lively discussion around the change in direction over SMMP ROI and how “Savings” is not the top priority anymore.  The focus is more on how logistic efficiencies can help them reinvest in their meetings for better attendee engagement and experience.

Special thanks to our Moderator Elizabeth West, Editor in Chief, Business Travel News.  Be sure to check out the BTN’s Strategic Meetings Summit at New York Hilton * October 25, 2016.  Learn more by clicking on this link:


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Travel news




BTN's 2016 Corporate Travel 100
The CT 100 is based on 2015 air tickets purchased for domestic or international business travel at all U.S. points of sale

Why Hotels Need A 24-Hour Refund Rule
Christopher Elliott  Author, How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler (and Save Time, Money, and Hassle)

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun.

Member Exclusive Offers—A Bold Move by the Lodging Industry. What’s Next
By David Townshend, executive vice president, Partnership Travel Consulting 

BTN's 2016 SMM Survey    
While many companies are just getting on board with strategic meetings management, experienced practitioners are maturing the practice beyond sourcing and savings..

Evacuation of Business Travelers in Trouble Is a Top Priority for Employers
Hannah Sampson, Skift

Global Entry is expanding to 9 more airports
Bart Jansen , USA TODAY


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President's Report

Diane Perretti President

NJBTA began in the late 60's as the New Jersey Travel Managers Association and has evolved to become a long-standing chapter of the National Business Travel Association.

We represent business travel-related procurement, management and suppliers in New Jersey.

Interested in becoming a member?

Take a tour of the website and learn a little about our organization.  If you are employed in the business travel industry and would like to attend a meeting, contact our Membership Committee Chairperson and they can arrange a complimentary registration.

Already a member?

This is an excellent resource for meeting dates and program contents, special events, learning about sponsorship opportunities, and finding about available job openings.  You can also register for meetings and update your contact information here.

NJBTA offers the chance to network and benchmark with representatives from all perspectives of the business travel spectrum.  We also have top level speakers and panels providing leading edge information through our programs at each meeting.  In cooperation with GBTA, we work diligently with U.S. Government representatives to keep them aware of the positive impact business travel has on our economy and corporate culture.  We share information and news articles posted and updated from our Government Relations contacts.

You will find links to industry-related areas, informational tools and forums for travel-related topics and issues.  There is a link to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) website connecting you to even more educational programs available as well as many other informational resources such as benchmarking data, and industry trends.

I encourage you to attend each of our informative meetings and educational events and look forward to seeing you there.  I welcome you to contact me with any questions or input you have.

Yours truly,

Diane Perretti

President, New Jersey Business Travel Association

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