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January 2017  

President's Report

Happy New Year! Hope your year is off to a great start.  On behalf of the Tampa BTA Board, Thank you for your continue support and donating your time and efforts to our organization. This year we have many successful events and without it would not have been possible.

We hope you are able to join us in the excellent educational programs we have scheduled throughout the year. Please note that we have made some changes to our meetings schedule which has been added to our events calendar on our website.  It’s never too late to “save the date”.

Speaking of date,    Our Social Kick-Off is this Thursday, January 19th at Topgolf, the premiere in sports and venue entertainment complex.  Registration is open to everyone! Please RSVP Here  

 In continuing with the success of our organization we want YOU to be a part of it.  If you or someone you know would like to get involved by volunteering, please visit our website and click the link: 2017 Open Board Positions, or feel free to contact me directly. 

All the best,

Elizabeth

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Events

GBTA Convention is the world’s largest business travel event. Over 7,000 business travel professionals from around the world will be gathering in Boston this year for state-of-the-art education, exclusive networking opportunities and news on the latest innovations in the industry.

GBTA Convention 2017 marks the 49th edition of The Business Travel Event of the Year® and our theme this year, Convergence, was developed to address the latest trends, issues and guidelines that have emerged as the business travel industry has evolved.

For more information and to register, go to:  http://convention.gbta.org/Register 

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Membership

I am excited to serve and be part of the Tampa Bay Business Travel Association on 2017! 

My goal as Membership Chair is to help expand our organization's presence within the Tampa Bay area.  I will show potential members the value TBBTA will have for them within their roles in business travel as well as how they would be of value to the organization. 

I look forward to getting to know everyone!

Adrian Nesbitt
Director of Sales
Bay Harbor Hotel
Tampa, FL
e-mail:adrian.nesbitt@bayharborhoteltampa.com

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Education

GBTA is making available a limited number of scholarships for GBTA Direct (buyer) Members. The scholarship will cover $700 of the registration fee ($1,495). Scholarship recipients are responsible for payment of the fee balance of $795 prior to attending the Convention. The scholarship is for convention registration fees only, and reimbursement for travel, housing and incidental expenses is not available.

 APPLICATION PROCESS

 1. Applications must be submitted to GBTA by 5:00 pm ET, Friday, June 17, 2016.

2. Applications must be complete to be considered.

3. GBTA staff will notify all applicants directly regarding the scholarship decision by June 30, 2016.

 SELECTION CRITERIA

Scholarship applicant must be an active Direct Member of GBTA or a buyer member of one of its regions (GBTA Canada, GBTA Europe, GBTA Latin America, etc.) and must retain said membership through August 31, 2016. The scholarship will be withdrawn, at any time, if the recipient fails to meet both requirements after the scholarship is awarded.

The decision of GBTA to award or not to award a scholarship to any applicant rests within the sole and unfettered discretion of GBTA, shall be final and binding, and shall not be subject to challenge for any reason.

Factors that may be considered include but are not limited to:

- Scope of individual’s responsibilities within his/her company

- Industry involvement

- Awards and honors

- Certifications, designations and continuing education

- Leadership and participation in GBTA activities

For more information go to : http://convention.gbta.org/About/Convention-Scholarship

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Treasury

We are happy to announce our new Treasurer Clint Vice with US Bank as our 2017 Treasurer.

Clint Vice will be a great asset to this role. 

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