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Corporate Travel Community comes together in Shanghai for first Roundtable Discussion in 2020

June 25, 2020 Business News No Comments Email Email

The Corporate Travel Community (CTC) was thrilled to welcome delegates to the CTC Roundtable Discussion – China last week (Wednesday 17 June) – the first live CTC event since global lockdowns were enforced.

With the support of Accor, the half-day event took place at the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, China. The Roundtable event comprised of two insightful panel discussions that uncovered the perspective of both travel vendors and travel managers on adapting to a post-COVID-19 world

What was likely one of the first live events to take place since the global pandemic outbreak, the occasion aimed to help re-establish and facilitate vital connections for the local corporate travel community. The event also provided a platform for education and open dialogue on the ‘new normal’ of travel programmes within the region.

CTC Executive Director, Benson Tang was delighted to attend the event and stated: “The last few months have been a trying time for all. While CTC have established digital initiatives to support our beloved community, there is no alternative to events and so we hope this will pave the way for the progressive re-establishment of more live events. Our community have welcomed our return which should be recognised as a true testament to the importance of reconnecting the travel industry in a safe, welcoming environment to help drive inspiration and recovery through access to content and high-level discussions.”

He added: “I am extremely proud to be part of CTC for facilitating the event. We also thank Accor for their support and all delegates that attended for their valuable participation.”

Accor Greater China, Vice President of Sales and Distribution, Ken Wong joined the CTC Roundtable – China, stating: “Accor has been taking a leadership role in driving innovative ways to deliver positive outcomes during our ongoing business recovery period, through partnerships with key industry leaders. While consumer behaviour and decision making for travel has shifted dramatically, we’ve remained agile.”

“With overwhelming feedback across various domestic leisure promotions and as the market begins to recover, we see this as the right time to encourage corporate business travel. There is great potential in partnering with the Corporate Travel Community to look after the wellbeing of business travellers amongst our brands ranging from ultra-luxury, luxury, premium and lifestyle to mid-scale and quality economy.”

“It is critical to ensure our guests feel at ease in order to reignite their travel desire. We are pleased to share that through ALL – Accor Live Limitless, Accor has just launched ALL SAFE cleanliness programme to further elevate operational protocols and processes with regards to cleanliness, hygiene and food safety.” Ken added.

The corporate travel landscape is seeing irreversible shifts across all travel verticals due to the current global state, and so managed travel is having to rapidly evolve to keep up with the changes. In 2020 successful travel programmes and providers will need to adapt to change, rather than seeking to simply manage, control or avoid it. The CTC Roundtable Discussion – China provided a timely opportunity to help corporate travel managers stay ahead of changes in the industry.

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