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September 27, 2016

Association News: ICCA’s “Asia’s Got Talent,” GBTA India Symposium

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GBTA India's Business Travel Symposium

ICCA Congress just wrapped its “Asia’s Got Talent” competition and GBTA India just hosted its symposium in the top association news of the week. 

ICCA Congress 2016 Awards 5 Young Professionals in Asia Pacific’s Got Talent

Five young professionals in the Asia Pacific region have been awarded exclusive sponsorships to attend the 55th International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress 2016 in Kuching, Sarawak this November as part of the “Asia Pacific’s Got Talent” competition. The scholarships are provided by the Asia Pacific Young Professionals Development Program sponsored by SCB in collaboration with ICCA’s Asia Pacific Chapter.

Candidates submitted an essay on their thoughts on Kuching as the next destination for the ICCA Congress, corporate social responsibility initiatives for the next Congress, or the implementation of new technologies in future congresses. Shortlisted candidates then underwent a teleconference interview. 

Jovina Singh (India), Melanie Adan (Korea), Siobhan Donalson (New Zealand), Stephen Liu (Taiwan) and Olivia Jia (China) were determined the winners. 

GBTA India Hosts Business Travel Symposium

Also this week, GBTA India just hosted its flagship Business Travel Symposium, which drew 300 attendees for a day of education, research and networking, as well as a tradeshow. 

At the event GBTA India Regional Director Gaurav Sundaram presented the GBTA Foundation’s business travel forecast for the region showing India is poised to be a top six business travel market by 2019, with double-digit growth on the horizon. Neal Rogers, APAC-MEA Travel Head, CSC, moderated a panel on best practices for self-booking technology, including experts from Unilever, Serko, Amadeus and Thomas Cook. Program management best practices were highlighted in the next session moderated by Chandresh Natu, APAC Procurement Lead, AON Hewitt, with panelists from Jones Lang LaSalle, Adobe Systems, Accor India and United Airlines Business Services Pvt Ltd.

Additionally, GBTA Global Board Member Bhart Sarin led a Procurement Master Class to share global perspectives on procurement best practices. Bhart also moderated a panel of representatives from Wipro Limited, Hilton Worldwide, AON Hewitt and Ernst & Young for a discussion on best practices in procurement and strategic sourcing. 

Finally, the event closed with a final panel led by Gaurav on payment systems and expense management best practices. That panel included experts from Wipro Travel Services, dnata, CSC and Diners Club International

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