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GBTA Announces Safety & Security Panel at GBTA Convention 2018

Jul 15, 2018

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the voice of the global business travel industry, today announced a new panel in an exciting line-up of Center Stage content for the 50th edition of GBTA Convention, held August 11-15, 2018 in San Diego: The Challenges of Security in Today’s Volatile World.

Moderated by GBTA Executive Director & COO Michael W. McCormick, the Monday panel will feature top security officials discussing their roles in keeping a country’s borders and infrastructure safe and secure. For the first time together on-stage, the leaders of CBP and TSA will discuss challenges in balancing security and passenger facilitation while integrating innovative new technologies that could revolutionize the traveler experience.  

Panelists include:

  • Kevin McAleenan, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • David Pekoske, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

“Security officials are tasked with the tough responsibility of facilitating travel, while also keeping our borders and travel infrastructure safe,” said Christle Johnson, GBTA president. “We look forward to hearing these individuals’ successes, challenges and insights into a subject that has such a massive impact on our industry.”

Held at the San Diego Convention Center, GBTA Convention 2018 will bring together over 7,000 business travel professionals from more than 50 countries across the globe. It will feature world-class keynote speakers, more than 100 industry-leading education sessions, the largest business travel expo floor, a wide selection of professional development opportunities and much more, providing attendees the opportunity for professional development and to get business done.

Attendee registration is open now. Register today to save up to $150. More info on programs and speakers will be unveiled throughout 2018. For the latest developments and more information, please visit

Media registration is complimentary and available online. GBTA’s fourth annual Media Day on August 12, 2018 will feature back-to-back news announcements throughout the morning from top travel companies around the world, giving media an exclusive pass to the latest travel industry news. GBTA will also host a special cocktail reception for reporters made possible by Kenya Airways, Monday evening at 6:15 pm PDT.



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