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acte partners with bcd travel in costa rica for central america education event.

As part of its ongoing mission to bring more educational events and form strategic relationships in key global regions, the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) will hold its first joint Executive Forum in Costa Rica, 9 April 2008, in partnership with BCD Travel in Costa Rica. The event will feature panels, presentations and roundtable discussions on proven travel management techniques, technological developments, and advanced travel management theory.

"ACTE has partnered with BCD Travel in Costa Rica to hold the first Central America education event in this country, marking another milestone in our 20 year history. With this event, we continue to reinforce our commitment to corporate growth and international economic expansion through education," Susan Gurley, ACTE Executive Director, said. "ACTE recognizes that the Latin American region contains abundant growth opportunities for the corporate travel industry, which we fully support and in which we will continue to play a vital and leading role," she added.

Barbara Blue, Division President for BCD Travel Latin America, emphasized that, "Central America has become a region of great importance for the corporate travel industry. The increase in business travel to and from the region, as well as a growing demand for centralized management, is already well under way."

Continued Blue, "As a leader in program management and regional negotiations in Central America, BCD Travel has joined ACTE in this Executive Forum to consider new opportunities and solutions in this exciting new frontier. We welcome the opportunity to contribute to the underlying viability of Central America's corporate travel industry."

In addition to the educational and roundtable discussions that have become an industry standard for ACTE events held around the world, the Costa Rica event will also host a smaller version of the association's successful "Solutions Showcase." This showcase will include specialized presentations of new travel technology and services of particular interest to travel managers throughout the region. Provisions are being made to make this one of ACTE's "greenest" events, with memory flash drives replacing handouts to minimize paper usage.

The ACTE Central America Education Event is one of a series of events that will mark ACTE's growing presence throughout the Latin American region. In 2008, the association will host additional educational events in Mexico City, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires.

ACTE's educational events offer the global business travel industry an environment for insightful, motivated people to come together and work closely to build a solid community of minds. The sessions in this event will share trends, opportunities, and challenges the industry can expect to see emerging in the region.

For registration and a complete program agenda for the ACTE Central America Education Event, please go to http://www.acte.org/events/details.php?id=182.

ABOUT ACTE:The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) represents the global business travel industry through its international advocacy efforts, executive level educational programs, and independent industry research. ACTE's membership consists of senior travel industry executives from 82 countries representing the [euro]200 billion business travel industry. With the support of sponsors from every major segment of the business travel industry, ACTE develops and delivers educational programs in key business centers throughout the world. ACTE has offices in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and the United States. For more information on ACTE, please go to www.acte.org.

ABOUT BCD TRAVEL:As a leading provider of global corporate travel management, BCD Travel simplifies and streamlines the business of travel. With over US$12 billion in total sales and 12,000 employees operating in more than 90 countries, we create customized solutions for corporations wherever they do business. Our travel programs address the needs of travelers on a personal level, of managers on a program level and of procurement and finance on a corporate level. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.com.

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