Post event analysis of the recent ACTE Conference in Paris (14-16 October 2015) indicate this programme will become the industry model for the future. Seven hundred registrants from thirty-six countries, twenty-four educational seminars, five general sessions, three industry CEO’s, two announcements regarding an international industry education alliance, and pertinent statistics are the formula for reaching a senior-level audience — according to registrant commentary.
“An attendance of 700 buyers and suppliers supported the signature benefits of an ACTE global conference,” said Greeley Koch, the association’s executive director. “These are access to major speakers, educational sessions like boardroom briefings, and topics as fresh as today’s industry headlines. In fact, we made a few headlines as three of our speakers were industry CEOs.”
AFTM President Michel Dieleman said, “ACTE and AFTM spent a year developing the agenda for this conference. As a result, we were able to cover key issues facing our membership in France and the European Union, such as the DCC, while focusing on major industry trends, like traveller centricity. Working jointly, we concentrated on the challenges of the present and the promise of the future.”
Some ACTE Global Conference highlights:
• ACTE and Amex GBT jointly released the “Evolution Of Travel Policy Report.” A key finding revealed the balance between savings and service is expected to change significantly as Corporate Travel Managers look to traveller behaviour, rather than supplier cost reductions, to drive savings. Eighty-four percent of respondents say savings will be achieved through demand management and compliance in the next 1 – 2 years. ACTE will focus on developing and providing communications tools to help accomplish this.
• ACTE and CAPA-Centre For Aviation announced a joint endeavor for next year, combining the ACTE Global Corporate Travel Conference with the CAPA World Aviation Summit, to be held in Amsterdam, on 26-28 October 2016. Combining these events brings together two international groups with parallel interests, while shrinking the calendar of events for buyers and suppliers.
• ACTE and CAPA-Centre For Aviation also announced nine jointly hosted educational forums and travel summits to be held in the Australasian market for 2016.
• The DCC was the primary topic of an “Industry Issues” general session. Following ACTE’s highly successful webinar series in which members questions were answered, in person, by ranking members of Lufthansa German airlines, this “Industry Issues” session indicated that while the DCC is still unpopular, buyers are looking forward to alternatives that are in the making.
• The industry Chief Executive Officers participated in this global event. Alexandre de Juniac, CEO of Air France-KLM; Sébastien Bazin, CEO of Accor; and Tobias Ragge, CEO of HRS brought the highest level of perspective to the issues facing the corporate travel industry.
“ACTE tries to improve content or process for our membership every time we meet,” said Greeley Koch. “Whether it’s presenting traveller centricity, going to full video webinars, experimenting with virtual conferences, introducing Zero Registration Fees for buyer members, carrying our member’s view directly to supplier leadership, or bringing three CEOS to our conference — ACTE is innovative. We also take the risk of being first. Our goal of wanting to work with everyone makes a lot of people willing to work with us.”