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More than 5,500 Corporate Travel Professionals to the Business Travel Event of the Year

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) – the world's premier business travel organization – welcomed more than 5,500 corporate travel professionals to its 42nd annual International Convention & Exposition in Houston. For three days, business travel buyers and suppliers from 40 countries gathered at the George R. Brown Convention Center to discuss the latest in industry trends and innovations in a recovering economy and shifting corporate culture.

NBTA President & CEO Craig Banikowski, CCTE, C.P.M., CPM, said, “With an economic recovery underway in most global markets, executives are eager to get on the road to beat the competition. Now is the time for travel buyers and suppliers to come together to learn about the new rules in a new economy and forge lasting relationships to conduct better business and drive cost savings.”

The NBTA Convention also serves as an example of the importance of corporate events to local communities and businesses. The more than 5,500 attendees represents 50 percent of hotel occupancy in Houston, and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates that the NBTA Convention will have an direct impact of nearly $6 million to the local economy.

“In addition to sharing insights and best practices about current and emerging industry trends, we’re proud that NBTA Convention attendees are also helping to boost a community in which they do business,” added Banikowski. “Not only will the Convention have an immediate economic impact, but the thousands of corporate travel and meetings professionals in town are sure to book future events, which will continue to contribute millions to Houston for years to come.”

NBTA this year undertook a service project to give back to the local community. More than 130 event attendees and NBTA staff yesterday helped to refurbish facilities for the Star of Hope, a community dedicated to meeting the needs of Houston’s homeless men, women and children. With the thousands of toiletry and service items donated by corporate travel and hospitality groups and individual donations from Convention attendees, in addition to the hours of onsite assistance, NBTA has to date contributed more than $30,000 in labor and goods. NBTA and Convention exhibitors will continue to accept donations for the Star of Hope for the remainder of the event.

For a schedule of Convention education and panel sessions, Exposition hours, and a list of the many famed speakers slated to address attendees, please visit www.nbtaconvention.org.

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About the 2010 NBTA International Convention & Exposition

Widely recognized as the must-attend event for business travel buyers, suppliers, industry leaders and business travel journalists, the 2010 NBTA International Convention & Exposition is taking place in Houston August 8-11, 2010. More than 5,600 travel professionals will take advantage of the Convention’s programming, designed to empower attendees to maximize value for their companies, including more than 65 seminars on the most important topics in business travel, more than 400 companies exhibiting in the Expo and countless opportunities for networking with peers. For details, visit www.nbtaconvention.org.

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About NBTA

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and corporate meetings organization. NBTA and its regional affiliates – NBTA Australia/New Zealand, the Brazilian Business Travel Association (ABGEV), NBTA Canada, NBTA Europe, NBTA Mexico, and NBTA USA – serve a network of more than 17,000 business travel professionals around the globe with industry-leading events, networking, education & professional development, research, news & information, and advocacy. NBTA members, numbering more than 5,000 in 30 nations, are corporate and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers. They collectively manage and direct more than US$340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually on behalf of more than 13 million business travelers within their organizations. For more information, visit www.nbta.org.