The new board will provide strategic direction for GBTA Asia as well as representation for the newly-formed member network.
The four appointments include two buyer members and two suppliers. Jenny Ng, Corporate Business Travel Manager for Procurement Asia Pacific for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation; and Debbie Winston, Regional Head of Travel APAC for UBS AG Hong Kong will serve as buyer members. The two advisors from the supplier community are Roger Pfund, General Manager for Corporate Sales and Client Services, Asia Pacific for RADIUS and Paul Boyle, Global Business Travel Consultant for Carlson Wagonlit Travel.
“Having these experienced travel professionals guiding our efforts in Asia is a big step forward in fulfilling our ambitious education and eventsprogram in Asia,” said Welf Ebeling, GBTA Regional Director Asia.
“Our first tasks as a group will be to establish the roadmap for education in the region and to identify a Chairman to head up the new GBTA Asia advisory board in the long term.
"The network will be looking for further board members in the following months to be fairly represented in this ethnically and politically diverse region,” he added.
To mark the three-month countdown to the IMEX Challenge CSR programme, and as a call to action for industry professionals to get involved, staff from IMEX America gathered at The Shade Tree Shelter in Vegas last week.
WORLD - A new report released by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation, the education and research arm of the GBTA, has found multiple differences exist between North American and European based hotel programmes.
ASIA - Following the success of the Healthcare Meetings Forum in London in 2011 and 2013, UK organisers are launching an inaugural Asia forum to take place in Singapore in partnership with Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.
AUSTRALASIA - The 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, honoured colleagues killed when the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine on 17 July, at a memorial at the conference's outset.