GBTA makes official the acquisition of ACTE

Associations of business travel, GBTA acquires ACTE.

GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) has just formalized the acquisition of the other major association of the business travel industry, ACTE. (Association of Corporate Travel Executives) The association has reached a critical situation in recent months due to the health crisis.

“We are more than delighted to bring GBTA and ACTE together, creating a single venue for thousands of corporate travel professionals who together will make business travel bigger and better than ever,” said Bhart Sarin, President of GBTA.

“The addition of an amazing brand like ACTE will give GBTA members the best training, networking, research, and advocacy opportunities. We look forward to combining the best attributes of both associations with our new “Ready. Safe. Travel” as we continue to champion the recovery path for business travel,” said Dave Hilfman, GBTA’s Interim Executive Director.

As part of the integration effort, two former ACTE board members will join the GBTA Global board with immediate effect. Alison Taylor, Chief Customer Officer of American Airlines, will assume the remainder of the ALC Vice Presidency. Steve Sitto, Managing Director, Global Travel and Events for Tesla, Inc. will serve the remainder of the term as Direct Member-At-Large term. Both terms will be formalized at the GBTA Convention in July 2021.


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In addition, a committee led by GBTA President Christle Johnson and Greeley Koch, former ACTE Executive Director and current Senior Vice President of DigitTravel Consulting, will work together with GBTA staff and industry volunteers to identify the best value that a combined GBTA and ACTE can bring to its members.

“This very challenging year has presented us with a unique opportunity,” said Sarin. “We look forward to creating the best association in the world for travel professionals to learn, network and grow”. 

The organizational chart has already been adapted through the integration of the two former ACTE board members mentioned above. It remains to be defined how to best exploit the potential and synergies between the two structures. New essential task to be undertaken by the committee headed by Christle Johnson and Greeley Koch, respectively President of GBTA and former ACTE Executive Director.


About the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s leading professional business travel and meetings organization, headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area and operating on six continents. GBTA’s more than 9,000 members manage more than $345 billion in annual business travel and meeting expenses worldwide. GBTA provides world-class training, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn more about how business travel supports sustainable business growth, visit


About the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE)

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) has represented the global corporate travel industry through international promotional efforts, executive-level educational programs and independent industry research. ACTE members are senior travel industry executives from 82 countries and offer educational programs in major business centers around the world.


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