Maximize Your Experience at GBTA Canada Conference 2019

6 tips you can use to make the most of your time at GBTA Canada Conference 2019

As Canada’s largest business travel conference, GBTA Canada Conference 2019 is a not-to-be-missed event complete with educational sessions from industry experts, exhibitors showcasing the latest in business travel innovation, multiple professional development opportunities, and a chance to network with industry professionals on both the buyer and supplier side.

As a proud sponsor of this event, we’ve put together a few of our best tips for maximizing your time at the conference.   

1. Review the educational sessions and the agenda ahead of time. View

plannerCovering three days, with over 80 exhibitors and more than 800 attendees, the annual GBTA Canada Conference is jam-packed with business travel resources. As multiple sessions take place at the same time, it’s best to know what sessions, exhibitors, and suppliers are most pertinent to you ahead of time. Not only will you be able to manage your time to a tee, but this ensures that you will not end up missing any of your top picks. Some of the educational sessions you can expect to see this year include: 

  • NDC: A Deeper Understanding
  • 30 Procurement Strategies and Tips That Apply to Travel
  • Cannabis and International Travel

…and much more.

Make a plan and organize your meetings with exhibitors and sort the times and dates of your must-see educational sessions.

2. Take advantage of keynote presentations and learning opportunities. 

Immerse yourself among industry experts and keynote speakers to gain valuable insights you can apply to your role. This year’s speaker lineup includes Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu, tv personality Ben Mulroney, and renowned entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson, and many others, in addition to the various educational sessions on the agenda. 

3. Map out which vendors you’d like to meet on the expo floor and arrange follow-up appointments.

Did you know that you can book appointments with exhibitors? Make the most of your time by mapping out your top exhibitors and subsequently book a time slot to meet with them. GBTA offers a conference planner to help you navigate the exhibitor list and easily book appointments.

4. Network with other travel program managers. 

NetworkingTake the time to learn about current challenges and achievements in global business travel; how to improve tactics and implement changes; and network with like-minded travel buyers and suppliers.

The benefits of networking go far beyond a simple meet-and-greet between individuals. Rather, it creates opportunities to form and nurture relationships that lead to increased visibility for yourself and your company; and additionally, will provide you with newfound industry knowledge leading to your professional development.

5. Attend the Big Night Out.

Hosted by GBTA Canada on Tuesday, April 16th, the Big Night Out is a must-do on the conference agenda! This is an evening event where people from the business travel industry network around delicious food and exciting entertainment. It’s a great way to continue building relationships, celebrate the industry, and network in a great atmosphere.

6. Enjoy a little bleisure: explore Toronto


There’s a reason why bleisure remains so popular! If you’re visiting Toronto and find yourself with extra time to spare, spend some time exploring and enjoying the city. Toronto offers a number of things to do, even if you find yourself with only a couple of hours:

  • Check out a popular attraction, such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Hockey Hall of Fame, the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, or The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
  • Explore the historic Distillery District
  • Indulge in culinary experiences. From St. Lawrence Market to a wide variety of diverse restaurants, Toronto is known for a food scene which offers just about anything
  • Explore the shops on Queen Street 

And finally, don’t forget to stop by and say hello to our team! You’ll find Vision Travel at booth #303 on the expo floor. We look forward to seeing you.