August 17, 2005

The board of directors for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives has voted to extend the president's term of office to two years from one. "We anticipate this change will allow greater continuity and a stronger focus on our strategic initiatives, without having to change leadership," said ACTE chairman Garth Jopling. The change extends current president Greeley Koch's term through Dec. 31, 2006. Koch also is senior vice president of strategic sales for TQ3 Travel Solutions.

The National Business Travel Association's 37th Annual Convention and Trade Show is under way in San Diego. The convention, which ends tomorrow, has attracted 5,000 registrants and 1,200 buyers -- both records for the event. In conjunction with the convention, NBTA has announced a number of new initiatives:
1) A new designation of Corporate Travel Executive (CTE) will be awarded to those who complete a two-day Fundamentals of Business Travel Management course and pass the CTE exam. The program is for newcomers to the travel management industry; the exam will be available this fall.
2) The organization has partnered with the Australasian Business Travel Association to promote industry growth in the Asia and Pacific regions.
3) In partnership with the Brazilian Business Travel Association, NBTA will hold the first Latin American Corporate Travel and Technology Exchange, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from Feb. 6 - 8, 2006.
4) A new tool for travel managers has been unveiled by the Institute of Business Travel Management, NBTA's education and research foundation. The Managed Travel Index Benchmarking Tool, to measure the effectiveness and ROI of travel programs, will be available beginning Aug. 22 on IBTM's website ( NBTA members can use the tool on a trial basis until Jan. 1, when it will be accessible for an annual subscription price of $595.