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GTMC Autumn Conference 2014

The GTMC will hold its Autumn Conference 2014 at the Park Plaza Victoria on November 3.

Here is the agenda for the day:

08:00           REGISTRATION OPEN

09:00           Welcome
                    Paul Wait, CEO GTMC
                    Opening Remarks
                    Louisa Bell, Avis Budget Group
09:10           Key Challenges and Opportunites
                    Charles Morelli, Deloitte
09:40           How technology will change the landscape of travel in the future
                    Charles Arthur, Technology Editor of the Guardian
10:10           Big Data: from Hype to Reality - A Sabre view
                    Stephane Aita, Vice President Western Europe
10:40           Innovation Awards
                    Travelport and Paul Wait

10:50           COFFEE BREAK

11:20           Hotel Insights
                    Guy Snelgar, Amadeus
11:50           Changing Environments - VP Brand and Ecommerce
                    Osama Hirzalla, Marriott
12:20           Ebola Outbreak Evolution 
                    Dr Jonathan O'Keeffe, International SOS

12:50           NETWORKING LUNCH

14:20           Do We Need More Competition In The UK Rail Network?
                    Tony Lodge, Centre for Policy Studies and Christian Wolmar, Transport Commentator
14:50           The Voice Of The Business Traveller
                    David Lewis, Audiencenet
15:00           A New Airport for London
                    Daniel Moylan, Advisor to Boris Johnson
15:30           The Easy Heathrow Option?
                    Jock Lowe, Heathrow Hub

15:50           COFFEE BREAK

16:20           The Importance Of Lobbying
                    Sian Foster, Virgin Atlantic; Graeme Elliott, London Heathrow Airport; Mark Lever, Gatwick Airport
                    and Gareth Morgan, Cavendish Communications
16:50           The Road To The 2015 General Election
                    Tim Montgomerie, Political Commentator of The Times
17:20           Closing Address
                    Paul Wait, CEO GTMC

17:30           DRINKS RECEPTION

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We look forward to seeing you soon!

The GTMC team.

Today, we put our weight behind a call for our political leaders to stop dithering on building new runways, which is threatening jobs, growth and everyone’s economic prosperity.

Will you join us?

Amazingly, Britain hasn’t built a new full runway in London and the South East since World War 2. Politicians have always found it easier to put off the hard choices.

In fact, they STILL won’t admit that we need a new runway to secure future growth, despite the Government’s Airports Commission stating clearly that we do.

Germany, France and the Netherlands are all racing ahead of our country. They have better connections to new and emerging markets around the world, making it easier for them to trade.

By the 2020s, we will be running out of space (Heathrow is already full, Gatwick will be full by 2020 and most of London’s airports full soon after), but it will take ten years to deliver a new runway. We must start now.

That’s why we created the Let Britain Fly Pledge. It tells MPs and Ministers to admit: we need new runways.

Last week a range of business leaders said ‘enough is enough’ and signed the Pledge. We have the support of companies including Aberdeen Asset Management, Canary Wharf Group, Harrods, Linklaters, Radisson Edwardian, SEGRO, Selfridges and around 100 other businesses.

But you can’t leave it just to these business leaders to make the case. We need your support too. Please add your name TODAY to the Let Britain Fly Pledge: http://letbritainfly.com/sign-up/

 Please add your name and call on MPs to support this important cause. Together, we can make this happen.

A partner's comment on the GTMC …

"BridgeStreet is delighted to have joined such a professional, visionary and ambitious organization. The opportunities that have been delivered already in our first quarter of partnership have been exceptional. The energy, commitment and communication from the GTMC team has far exceeded our expectations. We look forward to a continued and exciting and prosperous relationship in the coming years."
Jo Layton Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing – EMEA | BridgeStreet

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