Annual Conference 2019 | Magaliesburg, South Africa | 13-15 Nov 2019

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ABOUT CONFERENCE

African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa
Magaliesburg, South Africa
Wed 13 November – Fri 15 November


It’s almost that time of the year again!  When the best minds in corporate travel come together at ABTA’s Annual Conference.

This year, we will be delighted to welcome our delegates to one of the most beautiful venue’s in South Africa – the Mount Grace – in the heart of the African Bushveld, and just 1.5 hours drive from Johannesburg.

As always, you can trust that the ABTA team is working tirelessly to ensure we deliver an engaging agenda where our audience can have fun while they learn, discover and connect.  ABTA’s Annual Conference is designed to add exceptional value for all of our Members and Conference delegates, always focusing on delivering relevant and practical resources.

This year will be no different…. only better! We look forward to seeing you at ABTA Conference 2019!

CONFERENCE SPONSORS:

           

                

             

WHAT DOES IT COST?

ABTA Buyer Members R 2 365.00 / $ 155.00
ABTA TMC / Supplier Members R 3 245.00 / $ 215.00
Non Member Buyers R 3 300.00 / $ 220.00
Non Member TMC / Suppliers R 4 450.00 / $ 290.00
Hosted Buyers, Sponsor Guests, VIP Speakers & Press Complimentary

Conference fees include:
All meals as part of Conference (breakfast, lunch  &  supper), all refreshments, all activities, all conference handouts, give-aways etc.

Just bring yourself, a bit of spending money, and you will be good to go!

Please note:

  • All prices are Ex VAT
  • Rates do not include travel and accommodation costs

THE AGENDA

Wed 13 November 2019

11.00 – 12.30 Welcome Desk Opens
Delegate arrivals
11.15 – 12.15 First timers reception
To get over those uncomfortable ‘first timer’s jitters’, this session will see our new delegates quickly being brought into the ABTA fold!
12.15 – 13.00 Conference Carnival & Networking lunch
Enjoy some interesting Conference carnival treats and experiences, while networking with fellow delegates over lunch.
13.00 – 13.30 Conference Opening & Welcome
We are delighted to once again have an ABTA Conference favourite..
     Warren Tanner-Ellis, 2019 Conference Moderator.
13.30 – 14.15 Navigating Mergers, Acquisitions, Code-shares & More
As a travel buyer, understanding which brand you are actually working with can sometimes be a challenge, especially in light of mergers, acquisitions and the like.  This session will address how travel buyers and the industry as a whole can best navigate and lessen the impact when travel brands undergo major changes.
     Claude Vankeirsbilck, COO – Tourvest Travel Services
     Jeanette Moloto, Account Director, Global Sales Sub-Saharan and West Africa – Marriott International
     Mohsin Jassat, Consultant: Airline Commerce and Content distribution – Nomadical Consulting
14.15 – 15.15 Tea Break & Speed Networking
A great way for each delegate to briefly meet every other delegate at Conference!
15.30 – 16.30 Plenary Session: Table Talks
This session will present delegates with a variety of options to learn about, where they can visit various tables for 20 minutes at a time, discussing a specific topic with an industry expert. Topics include Women in Travel; Travel Policy Trends; TMC Change Management; Elevating your role as a Travel buyer; MICE within Corporate Travel; the importance of Culture when selecting new suppliers and much more!
16.30 – 16.45 Conference Day 1 Closes
16.45 – 19.00 Delegate free time
Delegates check into hotel and unwind
19.00 – 22.00 Movie Night with Marriott
Opening Night Reception

Thur 14 November 2019

08.00 – 08.45 Breakfast in Restaurant
Delegates Breakfast at leisure
08.45 – 09.00 Conference Day 2 Opens
09.00 – 09.30 Corporate Travel Global Trends
In this session, ABTA’s Global education partner the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) will be dialing in to share some key trends, challenges and opportunities facing the Corporate Travel industry internationally.
     Stephanie Smook, Regional Director: EMEA  – Association of Corporate Travel Executives
09.130 – 10.15 Payment trends across the Globe
This session will unpack key trends and new opportunities within the payments landscape, both globally and into Africa.
     Anita Opperman, Director: Specialist Sales, Commercial Payment Solutions, South Africa – Mastercard
     Salim Laher, Commercial Product Manager – Standard Bank
     Sue-Ann Tredoux, Travel Manager – Tsebo Facilities Solutions
10.15 – 11.00 Navigating NDC and IATA One Order
This session will give updates on a trend that is often not well understood and will also seek to provide clarity and practical insights for what industry changes we can expect, driven by NDC, and how to navigate these.
     Jo Lloyd, Partner – Nina & Pinta
11.00 – 11.30 Conference Carnival & Tea Break
Enjoy some interesting Conference carnival treats and experiences, while networking with fellow delegates over tea and coffee.
11.30 – 13.15 Travel Product Showcase (Closed door – Buyers Only)
Another Conference favourite where Travel Buyers get to learn about up to 10 new corporate travel products and services in 15 minute intervals.
11.30 – 13.15 TMC & Supplier RFP Workshop
The RFP in its current form will sadly not go away. This interactive session will take TMC’s and Suppliers through some key new trends in relation to RFP processes, new technologies, new requirements from clients, and some key do’s and don’t’s for submitting RFP’s correctly.
     Mariska South, CEO – 9 Degrees South
     Monique Diez, Owner – MD Dynamics
13.15 – 14.00 Conference Carnival & Networking lunch
Enjoy some interesting Conference carnival treats and experiences, while networking with fellow delegates over lunch.
14.00 – 14.45 Plenary Session: How ‘online’ is changing the face of the industry
In this session, our panel of experts will discuss ‘the internet of things’ and how new distribution models with clients booking directly on supplier websites is affecting the industry, as well as the pro’s, con’s and what to prepare for.
     Christine Steele, Office & Travel Manager – Africa Mobility Solutions
     Henry Van Der Walt, Digital Marketing Manager – Hyatt
     Jennifer Du Preez, Travel Manager – LandBank
     Lloyd Barkhuizen, General Manager: Corporate Sales – Flight Centre Travel Group
     Megan Wilson, Airline Industry Professional
14.45 – 15.45 Plenary Session: Table Talks
This session will present delegates with a variety of options to learn about, where they can visit various tables for 20 minutes at a time, discussing a specific topic with an industry expert. Topics include Women in Travel; Travel Policy Trends; TMC Change Management; Elevating your role as a Travel buyer; MICE within Corporate Travel; the importance of Culture when selecting new suppliers and much more!
15.45 – 16.15 Conference Carnival & Tea Break
Enjoy some interesting Conference carnival treats and experiences, while networking with fellow delegates over tea and coffee.
16.15 – 17.00 The Nuances of Managing Travel in Africa
This session will identify some of the key nuances that differentiate managing travel in Africa from anywhere else in the world, and will seek to give solutions to some of the unique challenges in relation to Africa Travel.
     Louis Van Zyl, CEO – CWT
17.00 Conference Day 2 Closes
17.00 – 18.00 Delegate free time
18.00 – 23.30 Dinner PARTY
One of the highlights on our industry calendar – the opportunity to let your hair down a bit at ABTA’s famous Annual Conference Dinner Party.  This year, we will be hosted by Tourvest Travel Services

Fri 15 November 2019

08.30 – 09.30 Breakfast in Restaurant
Delegates Breakfast at leisure
09.30 – 09.45 Conference Day 3 Opens
09.45 – 10.45 Plenary Session: Our industry would be a better place if…
This round table discussion will see delegates discussing important industry challenges, misconceptions and frustrations, with the aim to resolve and clarify issues.
10.45 – 11.30 Plenary Session: Table Talks
This final Table Talk session will give delegates the opportunity to visit the last educational table talk sessions that they have not yet managed to visit.
11.30 – 12.00 Tea & Coffee Break
12.00 – 12.15 Conference Wrap Up
12.15 – 12.30 Business Card Prize Draw
12.30 Conference closes

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION DETAILS

Mount Grace has provided ABTA with discounted rates for Conference delegates as per below.

Room Type Single B&B Sharing B&B
Standard Room (20) (SOLD OUT) R 1 650.00 R 2 100.00
Superior Room (32) (SOLD OUT) R 1 850.00 R 2 300.00
Luxury Room (43) R 2 050.00 R 2 500.00
Luxury with Plunge Pool (14) R 2 250.00 R 2 700.00
Villa with Plunge Pool (12) R 2 750.00 R 3 200.00

Important items to note:

  • To book your accommodation for Conference, please contact Morne Visser at Mount Grace directly, mentioning you are booking as part of the ABTA Conference.
    Morne Visser: +27 (0)14 577 5620 / Morne.Visser@autographhotels.com
  • This is the only option for booking your room and Mount Grace will reflect no availability on any other platform other than calling Morne directly.

BECOME A CONFERENCE SPONSOR

There are a variety of sponsorship options, ensuring that whether your company is a travel start-up, or an industry giant, you can be seen at Conference 2019!

CLICK HERE to download the 2019 Conference Sponsor & Exhibitor Guide.

For more info, contact monique@abta.co.za or nadine@abta.co.za.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR SEAT

Step 1: At the top of the event page, select your registration category in the yellow drop down box and click ‘Next Step’
Step 2: Click ‘Proceed to Registration/Payment’ in the green block at the top to go to your basket. Check your basket items are correct.
Step 3: Enter a promo code and ‘Apply promo code’ if you have one (check that amount updates)
Step 4: Click ‘Proceed to Checkout’
Step 5: Enter account person’s details (for our future records) on the left, or check that details are still correct if auto-stored.
Step 6: Enter attendee details on the left. Please ensure this is correct as details are used for name badges etc.
Step 7: Select your payment option on the right (if no promo code applied) and click yellow ‘Place order’ block below this
Step 8: If you selected Payfast, you will be re-directed for credit card payment. For other payment options, an invoice will be emailed to you
Step 9: You will receive an email confirming your successful event booking
Any trouble? Email carol-ann@abta.co.za

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