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Welcome to the Central & North Florida Business Travel Association website!  Founded in 1989, the Central and North Florida Business Travel Association (CNFBTA) is an official chapter of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), whose members represent corporate travel and meetings executives, major corporations and travel suppliers throughout the world. CNFBTA along with the global organization provides our members with information on travel and meetings technology, services, legislation, security, benchmarking and costs that affect the business travel and meetings industry. 

To learn more about CNFBTA please explore our website, reach out to our Membership Director or any Board Member or attend one of our next meetings!  We would welcome the opportunity to tell you more about the benefits of being involved with our organization.   

2021 Upcoming Events

March 11 virtual panel: "From Disruption to Redemption"

March 25 - volunteer afternoon at Second Harvest Food Bank, Orlando

Q2 Hybrid Quarterly meeting - date and location pending

GBTA Convention 2021 - Orlando - July 17 to 21

President's Update 

A Note From Our President

Welcome to the New Year!  As we move from the seemingly interminable months of 2020, it’s clear that the impact of Covid-19 dramatically affected the Travel industry, our strategic partnerships and our colleagues and family members. The myriad of stressors on business travel as a whole, the physical and emotional impacts of isolation and the overall effects of living in a world of uncertainty have led many to use the mantra of “this HAS to be better than last year”.  At CNFBTA, we believe it will be and we’re working to build innovative ways for our Chapter to come together in this New Year.  As we step into 2021 we are hopeful about the development and dissemination of vaccines, of a society where mask-wearing is the accepted norm and the ability to return to a life that includes travel, whether leisure or corporate.

We are all yearning to get together, to come face to face and to network. In Q1, CNFBTA plans to host a virtual panel of industry experts focused on the safe return to travel. Following our very successful and highly attended virtual panel this summer, Q1’s panel “From Disruption to Resumption” will tackle subjects such as updated approaches to Duty of Care, “new world” expectations among strategic partners and the current realities of the Travel and Meetings space. Please join us on March 4th from noon to 2PM to hear from Subject Matter Experts in the Air, Hotel, Car and Buyer space.

Next, in our continued commitment to giving back to our communities, CNFBTA will take part in a Volunteer Day at Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando on the afternoon of March 25th. We have an opportunity for 20 CNFBTA members to spend 4 hours giving back to our Central Florida community. Apart from our afternoon of volunteerism, with the monetary donation from CNFBTA, Second Harvest is able to provide 40 meals for every 10 dollars donated, directly impacting and serving local families in Central Florida. For more information on the organization, please see https://www.feedhopenow.org.

In late Q2, and based on the efficacy of vaccination roll outs, our plan is to host a hybrid quarterly meeting, allowing both those who wish to meet face to face and those who are more comfortable attending portions of the event via web technology, to attend.  Please stay tuned for more updates!

Exciting News!  Q3 brings GBTA Convention 2021 to Orlando, where CNFBTA will be host Chapter!

Thousands of Travel professionals, Suppliers and Buyers are expected to converge on Orlando in mid-July.  At CNFBTA we are very excited to be welcoming the Convention back to Orlando, especially after the 2020 event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We’ll be looking for volunteers to assist as hosts and stewards for the Convention; it’s a thrilling (and long-awaited) opportunity to help facilitate and enhance the experience of our Travel industry colleagues as they travel to Orlando in support of the Global Business Travel Association. For more information from GBTA on Convention 2021 please see https://convention.gbta.org/.

Additionally, to keep you updated on what’s happening with Convention 2021, we’ll be starting a “Convention Corner: Orlando 2021” newsletter. We will be providing a monthly update on Convention happenings, event formats, educational opportunities and the latest on what is planned for the Convention floor, Supplier showcases and educational sessions. 

In recap and as we closed 2020, we shared the following reminders that we hope will drive your engagement as we navigate 2021:

  • If you were a member in good standing in 2020, your CNFBTA membership has been automatically renewed for 2021. There is no cost to you or your organization. We want you as participating members in 2021 and hope you will join us!
  • If your organization provided a paid sponsorship for 2020, we have automatically extended that sponsorship through the same period for 2021.

 

On behalf of the 2021 Board of Directors, I look forward to seeing your many faces, whether familiar or as new members, soon.  Here’s to a renewed sense of optimism, a return to safe travel and to the strengthening of our many strategic partnerships as we work collectively to help rebuild the Travel industry.

Kind regards,

Shanna

Shanna Gregg

President, CNFBTA

[email protected]

 

 

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Virtual panel: "From Disruption to Redemption"

March 11, 2021
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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