Author: Paul Tilstone

Paul Tilstone is one of two co-founders of consultancy Festive Road. Prior to this he acted in senior roles for travel management companies for 13 years, CEO for the Institute of Travel & Meetings UK for seven years and chief global development officer for the Global Business Travel Association for a further five. In July 2017 he was appointed to GBTA's board, the first elected international director in the association’s history. Paul has received the U.K. Buying Business Travel Diamond Award for services to sustainability and was listed by the magazine in the industry’s 2013 “Hot List” as one of 30 professionals driving change in the industry. He has twice been listed as one of the world’s top 25 business travel industry influencers by Business Travel News for work in advocacy and sustainability. Connect with Paul on LinkedIn.

Op Ed: Paul Tilstone On New TMC Needs In A New Era

Festive Road’s Paul Tilstone interprets recent survey results about corporate clients’ relationships with travel management companies suggesting that even in the face of current market pressures, TMCs need to stay on their toes and grow investment in servicing and content. In 2017, we surveyed the sector on the TMC sourcing process and discovered there was…

Op Ed: Caroline Strachan And Paul Tilstone On What Went Wrong With GBTA And How To Fix It

Caroline Strachan and Paul Tilstone have been as active as anyone in building and supporting professional travel management associations. This guest contribution from the two managing partners of the Festive Road consultancy blends dismay regarding the scandals now rocking the Global Business Travel Association with some ideas on how to avoid the same mistakes. Speaking…

Op Ed: Paul Tilstone On Balancing Business Growth And Environmental Awareness

Festive Road’s Paul Tilstone on Friday was involved in a gathering coordinated by the Climate Action Corporate Travel Urgent Sustainability initiative. This group aims to rethink how travel management should help achieve organizational objectives without losing sight of environmental concerns. This is a familiar topic for Tilstone and many others, but as the name of…

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