The ACTE Column: A Global Perspective

To succeed in business travel, collaboration is key

Six years ago, I was asked to launch the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, (ACTE), in Russia. At that time, there was no trade press or neutral platform dedicated to business travel advancement as a whole, and nowhere buyers and suppliers could meet together to discuss industry issues and find solutions.

After extensive research, involving many industry leaders, the first ACTE Moscow education forum took place in April 2009, attracting more than 80 delegates. Since then, interest in the market has grown exponentially. The Association of Business Travel Russia (ABT) was launched three years ago, and this year we were proud to announce the formal alliance of our two associations, to become ABT-ACTE Russia. I also encouraged the launch of Buying Business Travel in Russia. In June 2013 this major milestone became a reality to communicate industry news, knowledge and opportunities, and to promote business travel as a profession.

ACTE has always believed in collaborating with other associations to deliver relevant and quality education. In summer 2013, we extended our footprint with the African Business Travel Association (ABTA), and in Brussels in February 2014, we cemented our European partner relations further, by launching ENACT, the European Network of Associations for Corporate Travel.

ACTE continues to partner with BBT in the UK delivering education events in our popular, successful and unique format. Discussions are engaging and enlightening and the forums are always a sell-out. We launch our inaugural Irish forum in Dublin on July 3. There is no question that professionalism in both mature and emerging markets continues to grow with ACTE engagement. Delegates who engage in ACTE and our partner events understand that it is only when armed with broad knowledge, an open mind and a willingness to collaborate, that realistic and sustainable solutions can be implemented and business can grow.

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