From August 11 through 15, the Global Business Travel Association will welcome thousands of corporate buyers and travel service providers at San Diego’s Convention Center to be part of the GBTA Convention 2018. The event showcases over 400 exhibitors and draws attendees from more than 50 countries.

GBTA Convention 2018 will feature over 100 business travel industry education sessions to help attendees find the right balance in their travel management roles. Topics include data analytics and trends, distribution, duty of care, meetings, mobility, payment solutions and more.

Golden Anniversary Celebrations
This year, GBTA marks a half-century of service to corporate travel professionals. For 50 years, GBTA has provided a platform to share new practices, policies and solutions. The convention offers innovators a stage where they can introduce new products and technologies to the industry. Over the years, these annual gatherings have grown to become the world’s largest corporate travel event.

Here’s a look at some of the events, highlights and announcements that will be making news during the week.

Convention 2018 at a Glance

Sunday, August 12
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
 First Time Attendee Orientation & Luncheon

7:00 PM GBTA Opening Welcome
Hilton Bayfront Park

Monday, August 13
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Education Sessions

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM Center StageOne-on-one with Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Center StagePanel: Successful Women Leading in Business Travel

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Center StagePanel: The Challenges of Security in Today’s Volatile World

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Convention Arena Luncheon with Billie Jean King, Sports Icon, Social Justice Pioneer and Entrepreneur

2:30 PM - 6:00 PM Expo

Tuesday, August 14
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Education Sessions

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Center StagePanel: Turning the Tables – Buyers Take Center Stage

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Convention Arena Luncheon with Kevin O’Leary, Investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, Chairman of O’Shares ETF Investments Financial Group and Bestselling Author

2:30 PM - 6:00 PM Expo

Wednesday, August 15
8:30 PM - 11:00 AM Expo

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Education Sessions

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Convention Arena Luncheon