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Tuesday, 04 April, 2017, 16 : 45 PM [IST]

ACTE to look at India as venue for Global Corporate Travel Conference 2018

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), a global association of corporate travel buyers and suppliers which engages the community through education, advocacy and research, is keen to look at India to host their Global Corporate Travel Conference in 2018. The Board of Directors of ACTE which is meeting in New York this month will consider the proposal of the Asia regional chapter in this regard and take a decision, said Benson Tang, Regional Director – Asia, ACTE, who is in Delhi  currently to participate in the ‘IntelliCon’ India regional conference of ACTE.

“This is a milestone year for ACTE in India as we will be pushing for bigger events in India.”  As of now there is only one proposal before us for our Global Corporate Travel Conference in 2018 and that is from India. However, it is up to the Board members to take a decision on it, he said. “Board members can veto the proposal as well,” he added.

Tang said that they had discussions on the same with the Tourism Minister of India, Dr Mahesh Sharma and have received support for the proposal.

Talking about the ACTE Global Conference and its significance, Tang said that ACTE’s global corporate travel conferences bring together key decision-makers from both the corporate travel buyer and travel supplier side to thereby giving ample exposure to the destination on the global corporate travel map. More than 600 delegates participated in ACTE Global conference in Beijing last year, Tang added.

He said that controlling corporate travel expenses are a big focus not only for private entities, but also for the public sector companies today. Citing the example of China, where the government is a major stakeholder in businesses, Tang said that even public sector companies are sending their travel managers to ACTE events with intent to learn how to control travel costs and corruption. He said that irrespective of the size of the company, controlling travel expenses in a result-oriented way is a major focus today.

Even in big IT firms which are fighting for talent, travel programmes are quite significant in attracting and retaining talent.  In these corporate houses, 85% of the work force is below the age of 30 years. They want freedom and flexibility in their travel programmes.  Therefore, it is incumbent upon travel managers to innovate themselves and offer ‘open-booking policy’ , he added.  “As an Association, we don’t ask people to do that, but let travel managers share their stories to partners to make them aware of the transformation,” Tang said.
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