The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) announced that it is launching a chapter in Italy. Established in response to demand from the local market, the chapter will provide education, resources and networking opportunities to business travel professionals. According to GBTA BTI Outlook – Annual Global Report and Forecast, Italy spent $33.3 billion on business travel in 2017, making it the ninth largest business travel market globally and fourth in Europe. This spend is anticipated to grow steadily to a level of $44.8 billion by 2021. “As GBTA’s global reach increases, Italy is our next step for expansion,” said Christle Johnson, GBTA president. “As we celebrate 50 years as an organization in 2018, GBTA’s momentum continues as we work to bring travel buyers and suppliers together and connect markets across the world.”