New Corporate Travel Community takes off in Asia

(Seoul, 3 June 2019) We are delighted to announce the launch of a vital new organisation for the corporate travel industry: The Corporate Travel Community (CTC). Headed by Dr Benson Tang, the CTC will convene “CTC Gatherings” (conference and expos) at Asia’s major cities, along with regular training events, workshops and social events, to support and advance the role of the corporate travel manager.

The CTC is an initiative of CAPA – Centre for Aviation, the leading aviation market intelligence and events provider.

“CTC’s mission is simple: to create a large and vibrant travel buyer community, to help travel managers progress in their day-to-day work. We will provide them with the best information, educational materials, data and opportunities to network. We aim to help travel managers to fine tune their travel programmes and take them to a new level in their professional careers,” said Corporate Travel Community Executive Director, Dr Tang.

There will be CTC Gatherings in three Asian cities this year comprising expo, conference and networking elements, rising to five next year in the major corporate travel hotspots of China, India, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

CTC Gatherings in 2019
CTC Hong Kong Gathering Hong Kong September 2019
CTC China Gathering Shanghai October 2019
Corporate Travel Community Asia Gathering
& Awards for Excellence
Singapore 14 November 2019
CTC Gatherings in 2020
CTC India Gathering @ SATTE India Delhi 9 January 2020
CTC Japan Gathering Tokyo late March 2020
CTC Singapore Gathering Singapore mid-May 2020
CTC China Gathering Shanghai late July 2020
CTC Asia Gathering & Awards for Excellence Hong Kong mid-November 2020

* Preliminary program – subject to change. See Table of Events at the end of this release

The Corporate Travel Community aims to fill a gap in the large and fast-growing Asia region.

“Corporate Travel spend in Asia has been estimated at over USD500 billion, and travel buyers across Asia are hungry for information, especially in emerging markets, as technologies and industry standards evolve”, said Peter Harbison, CAPA Chairman Emeritus.

“Following our launch of BlueSwanDaily.com to provide news and analysis for corporate travel and wider travel audiences, we are delighted to launch the CTC initiative to bring corporate travel managers together under an exciting new brand and the leadership of the region’s passionate corporate travel leader, Benson Tang”.

Membership of the Corporate Travel Community will be free and limited to corporate travel managers/buyers via CTC’s new home: corporatetravelcommunity.com

CTC Membership opens a wealth of resources to travel managers, including:

  • Training events and professional certification;
  • Daily industry newsletters and breaking travel news updates, via BlueSwan Daily: BlueSwanDaily.com
  • Data tools, dashboards and analytics for helping run airline and hotel RFP processes;
  • ‘How-to’ guides and other handy resources for day-to-day successful travel management;
  • Free access to the CTC Gatherings (expo/conferences) in Asia’s major cities, to see latest product/technology demonstrations, participate in education sessions and network with industry and thought leaders;
  • Free access to join CTC’s, education workshops, webinars, training seminar and private events across Asia, for learning and networking with peer travel managers;
  • Social gatherings and opportunities to serve on buyer councils;
  • Opportunities to be considered for CTC Annual Buyer Awards, named at the CTC Asia Gathering.

The Corporate Travel Community’s buyer members, which we expect to build beyond 1,000 through the course of this year, will be variously gathering at the following extensive calendar of flagship CTC Asia Gatherings in Japan, India, China, Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as training seminars and educational workshops. Many of these events will be open to participation by corporate travel industry suppliers and are an ideal networking and education platform.

See CTC’s schedule of events, 2019 and 2020, at the end of this release.

About the Corporate Travel Community

The Corporate Travel Community, launched by CAPA – Centre for Aviation in May-2019, is a network of corporate travel managers and buyers across Asia. Its mission is simple: to support travel managers progress in their roles and careers, by providing them with information, data and networking opportunities. Its highly experienced Executive Director, Dr Benson Tang, is passionate about corporate travel and helping travel managers advance their travel programmes.

The Corporate Travel Community will meet regularly for training, social events, seminars and larger “CTC Gatherings” across Asia’s major business centres.

About Blue Swan Daily

Blue Swan Daily is published by CAPA – Centre for Aviation and covers corporate travel industry developments around the world. It is designed to fill a need for informed opinion, news and analysis for anyone interested in corporate travel. Visitors to the site can sign up to receive a daily newsletter linking to the day’s news published at http://blueswandaily.com

To submit white papers or research for consideration for inclusion in Blue Swan Daily, contact the editor, Marco Navarria, at BlueSwan@centreforaviation.com

About CAPA – Centre for Aviation

CAPA – Centre for Aviation (CAPA), part of Aviation Week Network, is the leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence, news, analysis and data services covering worldwide developments. Established in 1990, CAPA’s platforms help the aviation sector and supplier businesses stay informed, remain connected to industry leaders and fuel inspiration to drive change. CAPA’s global C-level and corporate travel summits are held in key aviation markets around the world, attracting executive level speakers, attendees and leading stakeholders of the global commercial aviation industry.

Understanding aviation markets is our great strength and passion, along with providing CAPA Members, clients and partners with an unparalleled level of expertise and insight. For more information and details on CAPA Membership and CAPA Events, please visit centreforaviation.com.

Aviation Week Network, the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace, and defense industries, serving 1.7 million professionals around the world, is part of Informa Markets, a division of Informa PLC.

CTC Members will be present at the following Preliminary calendar of events:

CTC EVENTS SUMMARY 2019*

Event City Date Status (open or closed event)
Official Corporate Travel Community Launch & Gala Dinner Seoul 3 June 2019 Open to Industry
Seoul CTC Members’ Air RFP Training Seminar Seoul 4 June 2019 CTC Member Buyers only
Perth Corporate Travel Community Education Workshops** Perth 5 July 2019 Open to Industry
Hong Kong CTC Members’ Air RFP Training Seminars Hong Kong, Singapore,
Shanghai, Tokyo
July 2019 CTC Member Buyers only
Sydney Corporate Travel Community Education Workshops Sydney 7 August 2019 Open to Industry
CTC Hong Kong Gathering Hong Kong September 2019 Open to CTC Members and
CTC Industry Partners only
CTC China Gathering Shanghai October 2019 Open to CTC Members and
CTC Industry Partners only
New Zealand Corporate Travel Community
Education Workshops
Auckland 16 October 2019 Open to Industry
Corporate Travel Community Asia Gathering &
Awards for Excellence
Singapore 14 November 2019 Open to Industry

*Events subject to confirmation
**Co-located with CAPA Perth Aviation Summit & CAPA Corporate Travel Summit

CTC EVENTS SUMMARY 2020*

Event City Date Status (open or closed event)
CTC India Gathering @ SATTE India Delhi 9 January 2020 Open to Industry
Queensland Corporate Travel Community Education Workshops Brisbane mid-March 2020 Open to Industry
CTC Japan Gathering Tokyo late March 2020 Open to Industry
Jakarta Corporate Travel Community Education Workshops Jakarta mid-April 2020 Open to Industry
CTC Singapore Gathering Singapore mid-May 2020 Open to Industry
Melbourne Corporate Travel Community Education Workshops Melbourne late May 2020 Open to Industry
Seoul Corporate Travel Community Education Workshops Seoul early June 2020 Open to Industry
Perth Corporate Travel Community Education Workshops Perth early July 2020 Open to Industry
CTC China Gathering Shanghai late July 2020 Open to Industry
Sydney Corporate Travel Community Education Workshops Sydney early August 2020 Open to Industry
Mumbai Corporate Travel Community Education Workshops Mumbai mid-September 2020 Open to Industry
New Zealand Corporate Travel Summit Auckland mid October 2020 Open to Industry
CTC Asia Gathering & Awards for Excellence venue TBC mid-November 2020 Open to Industry

*Events subject to confirmation

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