USA Visa Entry Update
The BTA were delighted to be joined by representatives from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for an engaging discussion on the latest developments and enhancements to the U.S. visa waiver program. The webinar covered the new ESTA Mobile App and important updates concerning safe and secure travel to the United States.
In Conversation with Atriis Technologies
Clive Wratten chatted to Kai-Gordon Weiland, Chief Sales Officer at Atriis Technologies. They delved into Atriis Technologies from its inception to where it stands today. Hear about Atriis' innovative approach to transforming managed travel for TMCs and corporates and why it's necessary, plus Atriis' goals for the future.
Selling Low Cost Carrier Flights: The Legal Considerations
The BTA were delighted to be joined by Rhys Griffiths of Fox Williams an expert in travel law who is heavily involved in dealings with Low Cost Carriers (LCC). He provided valuable insights and guidance on navigating the complexities of selling LCC flights and the many legal considerations that many of our members could face.
BTA Briefing - 23rd October 2023
In their latest conversation Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke discuss what has been happening over the last 21,600 working minutes whilst the CEO has been away from BTA Towers.
They discuss the travel stories hitting the headlines, from airport fires to more travel disruption and the cancellation of HS2 alongside an update of the key face-to-face activities The BTA have been up to including Breakfasts, Board Meetings & Universities.
23rd October 2023
General Agreements between TMCs and Corporate Customers
The BTA were delighted to host a webinar delving into the crucial realm of "General Agreements" between TMCs and Corporate Customers. The webinar aimed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the significance of these agreements in fostering strong and successful relationships, and to address the key aspects that surround them. We were joined by Matt Gatenby and Katie Raby from BTA partners, Travlaw who provided attendees with invaluable insights into this crucial area.
20th September 2023
BTA Briefing - 20th September 2023
In this week's episode Clive & Andrew are joined by special guest Suzanne Horner the BTA Chair. They reviewed the recent BTA Conference in Antwerp, shared ideas on how we keep up the momentum of industry collaboration and discussed the latest industry news impacting business travel.
20th September 2023
BTA Briefing - 7th September 2023
In this episode Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke discuss the up and coming BTA Conference which takes place next week in Antwerp. Has Andrew packed yet, what will Clive be wearing to The Big Dinner and have they checked their passports? There's also some reflection on the ATC glitch and the impact it had on travellers, but of course recent acquisitions and Monarch Airlines, will they or won't they? Of course there's reference to football as Clive was just about to head off and see his beloved Reading play in Cambridge (don't ask the score).
7th September 2023
AirPlus - The BIG Rethink
Our CEO Clive Wratten joined other industry leaders in AirPlus’ third episode of The Big Rethink Podcast.
Give the episode a listen where you’ll hear Clive talk about our industry’s bounce back, economic instability, sustainability and more.
5th September 2023
BTA Briefing - 24th August 2023
In this episode Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke discuss the great work being done to ensure we continue our relationships within government and how we look forward to the upcoming political conferences where we will be sharing The BTA manifesto. They also spend some time plugging suppliers and partners based on recent interactions and experiences, With our conference in Antwerp around the corner, they share details of our team planning day and other webinars that have been added to our events calendar.
24th August 2023
BTA Briefing - 14th August 2023
In this episode Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke discuss the name of this podcast, although we're not sure a decision was made. There's also a look forward to the BTA conference in Antwerp and the future conferences on Finance, Ground Transport and Accommodation. They also discuss railways and the BTA's recent white paper on Best Practice. And of course, it wouldn't be the BTA Briefing/Review/Update without some reference to the new football season!
14th August 2023
In Conversation with...
Clive Wratten speaks to Snowfall's VP Global Sales Richard Viner about Snowfall's history, growth and their solution for the TMCs.
3rd August 2023
In Converation With...
Andrew Clarke speaks to Expedia TAAP's Senior Sales Manager Adam Reeves about Expedia TAAP as a product, the connection into the TMC community and the commercial benefits to TMCs.
26th July 2023
BTA Briefing - 27th July 2023
In this episode Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke discuss recent events including the Business Travel Show, the Next Gen Board Meeting, the huddles and the BTA conference in Antwerp. There's also some discussion on railways, new partners joining the BTA and the new football season!
27th July 2023
BTA Briefing - 13th July 2023
In this episode Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke discuss recent events including the Business Travel Show, the BTA's Planet Plan Conference, the IATA CO2 webinar and BEAM Conference in Bournemouth. They look ahead to the Amadeus/British Airways NDC webinar, the next Generation BTA Board Meeting and the BTA conference in Antwerp.
13th July 2023
BTA Briefing - 26th June 2023
In this episode Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke discuss recent award and conference as well as reflecting on the BTA Parliamentary Dinner which took place last week. They also look forward to this weeks Business Travel Show and the BTA's Planet Plan Conference which takes place next Wednesday. There's also time to discuss the weather and offer advice to anyone planning to use the London Underground.
26th June 2023
BTA Briefing - 14th June 2023
In this episode Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke discuss the recent M&E Conference and look ahead to forthcoming events including the next APPG, the Parliamentary Dinner, Planet Plan Conference and the Autumn Conference. There's also an update on Clive's numerous meetings with various MPs and Lords in Westminster as well as surprise for Andrew that whilst he was in Istanbul watching the Champions League Final, Clive was meeting up with his wife at a hotel in Heathrow.
14th June 2023
Creating a more inclusive travel industry through Allyship
The BTA were delighted to be joined by Alessandra Alonso from Women in Travel CIC and Christina Lawford of DiamondAir International. They discussed why allyship matters and how men can become allies to women and other diverse groups in the travel and tourism industry and how we can all work together to create a more inclusive future.
31st May 2023
BTA Briefing - 30th May 2023
In this episode Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke discuss the BTA Team Away Days and its benefits. They all look back at the recent webinars which focused on Revenue Management, Sustainability from the Flightdeck, Tax Implications for Overseas Staff and Neurodiversity. They were also joined by the Chair of the BTA Partner Board, Christina Lawford who gave both updates from the board as well as the services being offered by her company DiamondAir International.
30th May 2023
Sustainability - A View From the Flightdeck
We were delighted to hear from Captain Lorna Hutchings, Deputy Chief Pilot at Virgin Atlantic Airways with over 20 years of experience in the aviation industry. In this webinar with Clive Wratten, Lorna gave her thoughts on flying aircraft and the pilots role in sustainability.
BTA Cares - Living with Neurodiversity
Our final session on Neurodiversity took place during Mental Health Awareness week. Mental health can be impacted by neurodiversity, as some neurodivergent individuals may experience mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and mood disorders. Our experts discussed how you gain or offer the right support and help when needed.
17th May 2023
Legal & Tax Implications of Staff Remote Working Abroad.
With the way we traditionally work changing, more employees are requesting or opting to have the opportunity to work remotely from another country on a temporary basis. Whilst increasing employee satisfaction and loyalty, there are also several issues employers need to consider.
9th May 2023
BTA Briefing - 28th April 2023
In this episode Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke discuss the recent BTA Breakfast, Big Futures Event, Leisure & Tourism Course Funding, the recent Revenue Management webinar, rail strikes and the four day week. Of course there's a brief mention about football and the great British weather gets an opinion.
28th April 2023
An insight on revenue management and how it has changed post-pandemic. The discussion covered cover topics such as the relationship between revenue management and sales teams and how data-based decisions are made in conjunction with sales input and customer feedback.
26th April 2023
BTA Cares - Living with Neurodiversity in the Workplace
In the second instalment of our three-part series, we explored the experiences of neurodivergent individuals and provided practical strategies for living and working with neurodiversity.
19th April 2023
BTA Briefing - 14th April 2023
In this episode Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke discuss the recent BTA Breakfast, Next Gen Board Meeting and the APPG meeting at Portcullis House. There's an update on the BTA Autumn Conference and this week's latest webinar focusing on Neurodiversity. They also speak about annual leave, out of offices and full English breakfasts!
14th April 2023
BTA Briefing - 31st March 2023
In this episode Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke discuss the recent Technology Conference, the APPG at Portcullis House, DFT Meetings, Next Gen Board, Grant Thornton Data Academy, Airline Retailing, Manchester City Tax, the new BTA Training Platform, Person of Interest on Alibi and the Weather!
31st March 2023
Sean Doyle, British Airways
The BTA were delighted to have Sean Doyle, British Airways CEO join us to talk about BA’s & the aviation sector’s recovery in 2023.
He also discussed his plans for BA in 2023, sustainability, the importance of corporate travel to BA & aviation, their approach to TMCs in 2023 and plans for airline retailing.
27th March 2023
BTA Briefing - 17th March 2023
In this episode Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke discuss the BTA Spring Conference, the Autumn Conference, Neurodiversity, the BTA/CBI Report, Date Skills and Belgium Beers.
17th March 2023
The JetBlue Effect
Andrew Clarke is joined by JetBlue’s VP Revenue Management & Sales, Jonathan Weiner. The pair discuss JetBlue’s effect and positive disruption.
16th March 2023
BTA Cares - Neurodiversity in the Workplace
How does this impact your business and what are some of the best practices to support your teams?
15th March 2023
BTA Briefing - 03 March 2023
Hear the latest news from the BTA Team.
In this episode Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke discuss the BTA Spring Conference, the CBI Conference, Careers Fairs, the BTA Careers Brochure, Virgin Atlantic and Ken Bruce.
3rd March 2023
BTA Briefing - 17 February 2023
Hear the latest news from the BTA Team.
This week Clive & Andrew discuss the recent BTA air & people conferences and chat with the chair Aron Jameson (ATPI) of the newly formed Generation BTA to find out a little more about the plans for the group.
17th February 2023
BTA Briefing - 03 February 2023
Hear the latest news from the BTA Team.
This week Clive & Andrew Clarke discuss generation BTA, new partners joining, up and coming events and the BTA's work with government.
3rd February 2023
BTA Briefing - 20 January 2023
Hear the latest news from the BTA Team.
This week Clive & Andrew talk about what the BTA have been up to and they look forwards to the up and coming events.
20th January 2023
How confident are you that your business is protected from fraud & cyber crime? Did you know that 52% of all crime is cyber related? Listen to our panel of experts discussing best practices to protect you, your business, your staff & customers.
20th January 2023
Paul Broughton - Travelport
Paul Broughton, Director of Business Development EMEA at Travelport joins Clive Wratten of the BTA to discuss how Travelport is transforming the new era of modern travel retailing for TMC’s.
10th January 2023
Steven Love - Amadeus
Steven Love, Commercial Director UK & Ireland at Amadeus joins Clive Wratten of the BTA to discuss what it means to be appointed to the BTA Industry Partner Board and what to expect from Amadeus as a leading technology provider in 2023 and beyond.
14th December 2022
BTA Team Talk
A look back at 2022 and a look forwards to 2023 with the BTA team.
21st December 2022
BTA Cares - New Year, New People
After a year of staffing challenges, what can we learn from other industry sectors in the way that they are tackling the recruitment challenges, has there been a noticeable change in the calibre of candidates on the market, what new challenges are recruiters facing in 2023 and how can we evolve to continue to attract new talent?
5th December 2022
BTA Debates - The Business Traveller
The BTA is joined by a group of regular business travellers who spoke about why business travel is still important, how they perceive the travel eco system, what frictionless travel means to them and what is important to them in relation to the service providers?
2nd November 2022
BTA Cares - How do we attract new talent from Colleges & Universities?
How do we attract new talent into business travel and where should our messaging be aimed? The BTA is joined by careers advisors from colleges and universities to hear how they think the business travel industry can raise awareness for the next generation.
30th October 2022
BTA Educates - Airport Chaos or Not?
Airports have taken a lot of stick over the summer, but was it all justified? The BTA speaks to a couple of airline airport managers and an airport to discuss what has happened, what's changed and how the future looks for those travelling from our UK airports.
24th October 2022
BTA Cares - People Are People
Has the summer recruitment gone to plan for the industry? Where did we find people to fill the vacancies, was it skills or attitude that got positions filled and what are we still missing to promote our industry as a career option?
Our panel offer their thoughts and advice in the first in a series of three sessions.
10th October 2022
Travel tech: what’s next for TMCs?
In our latest BTA Podcast, our Commercial Director Andrew Clark spoke to Sarah Sheppard (Sr. Director of Global Product Management) and Robbie Thomas (Sr. Director of Strategic Planning and Product Management) at Sabre
23rd September 2022
BTA Planet Plan Council
Earlier this week The BTA held the second Planet Plan Council meeting of 2022 with our members and partners joining the call.
22nd September 2022
BTA Educates - Rail Ticket Reform
With big changes planned for the way the rail industry is managed and delivered within The UK, what does this mean for The TMC? In this session we were joined by Jacqueline Starr Chief Executive at Rail Delivery Group, James Parkhouse CEO at Agiito and Raj Sachdave Managing Partner at Black Box Partnerships who discussed the impacts and opportunities as well as other areas of changes being discussed within the GBR transformation.
15th September 2022
BTA Educates - IATA - To bond or not too bond that is the question?
As we emerge from the toughest two years the TMC sector has ever experienced the financial requirements around IATA have never been more relevant to our sector. The BTA were delighted to be joined by Chris Photi & Jake Cohen, our industry partners and experts from White Hart Associates who gave an update on the current financial expectations and bonding requirements.
13th September 2022
BTA Planet Plan Council
Last week The BTA held our first Planet Plan Council meeting of 2022 with over 40 members and partners joining the call.
1st August 2022
BTA Half Year Review
Clive Wratten and Andrew Clarke provide a review to members and partners of the BTA's activities over the last six months. They discuss the work done behind the scenes with government and three key areas, ESG, Levelling Up and Global Britain which the BTA is currently focusing on.
26th July 2022
Recruitment - Do we have a problem?
We are joined by four experts to discuss what is happening across the industry, the challenges recruiters are facing and how the recruitment landscape has changed.
19th July 2022
NDC - Buyers Perspective
The BTA is hosted this podcast to hear from the corporate travel buyers on what NDC means to them, how they think its evolution is going and is it delivering what they want.
17th July 2022
BTA Cares - Returning to Work
As the industry bounces back and previous employees are being asked to return to work, we ask three guests if it's an easy decision to come back to travel? What impact has that period of absence had on them and has the industry changed, and if so, does the change make travel a more attractive career choice?
12th July 2022
Andrew Clarke speaks to Manchester Airport Group Transformation Director Ian Costigan. They discuss the challenges and opportunities at Manchester Airport pre and post pandemic as well as a focus on the up and coming summer period.
27th June 2022
Company Culture & Wellbeing
As a result of the pandemic, many organisations have been forced to become fully remote, while some embrace a hybrid working model allowing for a mix of home and office-based work. We look at how organisations are adapting to these new working models especially when it comes to the organisational culture and staff wellbeing.
24th June 2022
London City Airport
Andrew Clarke is joined by Anne Doyere, Head of Aviation at London City Airport. They discuss how the airport is currently operating, the benefits of using London City plus their recently published sustainability roadmap.
23rd May 2022