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by Michael J. Shapiro | June 13, 2012

 The GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association, is expanding Project ICARUS, the travel sustainability program it acquired last year from the U.K.'s Institute of Travel and Meetings. To broaden the reach of the program, the foundation has formed a global advisory board, made up of buyers, suppliers, academics and sustainability experts from around the world -- including company representatives from PwC, Cranfield University, Sabre Holdings, Wireless Advocates LLC and the Australian Federal Police. Recognition and awards programs will reward the sustainability efforts of leading organizations. In other news, last week the association announced the creation of GBTA Africa. The affiliate will have the support of the Institute of Travel & Meetings Southern Africa, which will help develop the organization throughout the region. GBTA will create a joint conference with ITMSA this September, and will introduce education and training programs from the GBTA Academy. "With a strong, local, buyer-led partner, and Africa predicted to boom in 2020, the creation of GBTA Africa makes perfect sense," noted Michael W. McCormick, GBTA COO and executive director.