Press kit

ABOUT THE GTMC

  • GTMC is a not for profit membership organisation. Established in 1967 it is a company limited by guarantee with no share capital.
  • The GTMC represents a diverse range of TMCs, from the world’s largest to small independent specialists and from major London-based organisations to top regional agencies.
  • A key strength of the GTMC is its relationship with key travel industry suppliers. The support of Partners (airlines, hotel companies, rail, car rental and technology providers) enables working together on issues of mutual interest and deliver practical solutions to cross industry issues.
  • The GTMC is actively lobbying all those that have an impact on the business travel of members’ clients, be they travel suppliers, Government or EU legislators, opinion formers or the media
  • One of the main aims of GTMC’s activities is to promote business travel as an investment and the importance of business travel to the UK economy.
  • Passionate about highlighting how business travel is directly linked to the success of the UK economy, the GTMC campaigns for improved and more competitive infrastructure linking the UK with the rest of the world
  • The GTMC aims to
  • Be a respected membership organisation representing the interests of the business travel community.
  • Promote the activities of our members as delivering the best standard of service, quality and value to the business traveller.

 

BIOGRAPHY AND SPOKESPERSON TOPICS – PAUL WAIT, CEO, THE GTMC
Paul Wait joined the GTMC as chief executive officer on 1 January 2013.

Wait is well-known in the business travel arena having spent the previous thirteen years with Virgin Atlantic Airways as the general manager for UK, global and multinational sales. Prior to working with Virgin Atlantic, Wait had built a 27 year career in the industry working with American Express, rising to the position of vice president, sales.

An experienced public speaker at conferences and events, Wait is passionate about businesses treating travel as an investment rather than a cost. In particular Wait has campaigned to political influencers, policymakers and media to highlight the correlation between an enhanced infrastructure linking the UK with the rest of the world and the economic success of UK Plc.

Under Wait’s leadership, the GTMC represents the views and trends seen by 80 per cent of all managed travel booked the UK.

Areas of expertise include the importance of UK airports expansion, a more competitive rail network, the role of third party distribution in the selling of all forms of travel, and how business travel stimulates export-led economic success.

Wait has also led research projects that aid those managing travel – such as HR and procurement professionals – to understand the differing expectations of workforces of the future. This also includes embracing the first official apprenticeship scheme in the travel management sector in order to attract more young people to a career in business travel.

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About the GTMC:

The GTMC is the UK’s leading professional body for travel management companies. The diverse membership accounts for over 80% of UK expenditure on managed business travel, delivering

value for money and great service to business travellers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

 

Media information:

Stacey Stockwell, Kate O’Brien or Alex Tunney at Siren Communications

T: 020 7759 1150

E: stacey.stockwell@sirencomms.com, kate.obrien@sirencomms.com or alex.tunney@sirencomms.com

 

For more information on the GTMC:

www.gtmc.org, call 0207 268 3540 or email info@gtmc.org.