Unprecedented GBTA Election Failure Highlights Participation Challenges

Many members feel they left last week's Global Business Travel Association convention in Orlando with unfinished business. GBTA said it did not receive enough votes in its annual election to seat new officers or decide on new bylaws. The announcement shocked some of the organization's supporters. One called it an embarrassment. Another claimed incompetence. Many expressed disappointment. What's going on?

The GBTA convention itself remains big, the organization has grown a lot and its leadership is controversial as ever. But the members didn't vote.

"I'm sad and disappointed," said Kevin Iwamoto, Lanyon Solutions vice president . . .

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Author: Jay Campbell

Jay Campbell in 2004 created travel business newsletter The Beat, in 2006 co-founded Travel Procurement magazine and in 2010 integrated them with Business Travel News. He served as editorial director until 2013. Jay made his travel industry media debut in 1993 at the Air Travel Journal of Boston while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at Boston University.