National Travel Forum tackles government/industry travel issues.More than 200 government and military travel managers and travel industry professionals met in Atlanta recently for the 2008 National Travel Forum, which was hosted this year for the first time by the National Business Travel Association's Government Travel Group (GTF GTF
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Educational sessions on the Federal Travel Regulation and the Joint Travel Regulation (JTR JTR Joint Travel Regulation
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JTR Santorini/Thira Is, Greece - Santorini ) were most popular. The JTR is a comprehensive and sometimes very complex regulation, but it is the industry "Bible," and, as such, travel managers on both sides of the partnership need to understand its provisions and apply them correctly. Recognition of its importance, said GTG officials, always makes the JTR and FTR discussions some of the most valuable of the Forum.
The increased importance of Relocation drew considerable interest. Several new comers to the industry participated and exhibited this year, and the consensus of GTF delegates was that the field will continue to grow as military and government organizations put more emphasis on consolidating functions to facilitate "one stop shopping," thus easing the burdens of transfers and relocations on employees.
The Car Rental seminar was well attended due to the recent transfer of the Federal Rental Car Program from the Strategic Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC SDDC Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (formerly Military Traffic Management Command)
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DTMO Defence Tax Management Office (Australia) ). Nearly every member company of NDTA's Car Rental Sub-committee was represented. The DTMO advanced the idea of more widespread educational outreach to customers in the form of individual agency conferences to help military and government travelers understand their options and responsibilities. Session attendees were overwhelmingly in favor of such a program.
The current Airline industry environment was another serious topic of discussion. Facing an uncertain future, travel managers must be prepared for change. Special surcharges and fees were discussed as well as ways to minimize the impact for government travelers. Although many fees are beyond the traveler's control--airport fees and fuel surcharges, for example--travel managers must continue to educate and update their customets as often as possible.
Two exhibit periods were held during the four day event. "We had good traffic and lots of interest by delegates," said George Greiling, Senior Travel Analyst at the DTMO. Paul Somogyi, Director of Sales, Government and Affinity for the Marriott Corporation, added, "The Forum gave us a good opportunity to tell customers about Marriott's new direction and emphasis in the government market. We are more focused now on the importance of this segment," he said.
** GOVERNMENT TRAVEL FORUM
The Government Travel Forum was historically organized by the General Services Administration The General Services Administration (GSA) was established by section 101 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C.A. § 751). The GSA sets policy for and manages government property and records. (GSA (1) (Global mobile Suppliers Association, Sawbridgeworth, U.K., www.gsacom.com) A membership organization of suppliers of GSM products and services. Its goal is to promote GSM as the worldwide mobile communications standard. See GSM Association and GSM. ). At the conclusion of NTF 2006, GSA entrusted future event management to the National Business Travel Association's Government Travel Group (NBTA NBTA National Business Travel Association
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NBTA National Bus Traffic Association GTG). The GTG was created by NBTA to serve the growing needs of government travel professionals within GSA, DOD (1) (Dial On Demand) A feature that allows a device to automatically dial a telephone number. For example, an ISDN router with dial on demand will automatically dial up the ISP when it senses IP traffic destined for the Internet. , and the states and to provide government travel managers with access to the member benefits that have long set NBTA apart as the leading association for corporate travel professionals. Curretnly the National Travel Forum is held every two years.
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