Meeting/Event Information

BWBTA / NVBTA Education Day

October 18, 2017
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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Discovery Communications
1 Discovery Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910



We look forward to seeing you all at our annual Education Day.  

Travel industry is experiencing a lot of changes and you can be here to learn, network and discuss these changes and how it may impact your travel program, your client's travel program and more.

FREE PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS - for registered attendees interested in updating their headshots, please arrive early (8 a.m.) to ensure you have time with our photographer.  There is no cost but we ask that you register.

Topics at this year's Education Day are:


  • Future of Technology & the GDS
    • Speaker:  Kristen Salvi Pratt, Amadeus
    • Understand where we are today and what is coming
    • Are you prepared for NDC?  What is it?  How will it change managed travel?  


  • Hotel Trends! 
    • Speaker:  TBD
    • Are you prepared for this years RFP season?
    • Marriott & Starwood integration
    • Cancellation policies 
    • Airbnb
    • TripBam & Yapta Room IQ 
    • B2C, how is this impacting your program?


  • Duty of Care Exercise: Are you Prepared?
    • Speaker:  Yan Bui, Travel Manager, DAI
    • DAI is an international development company, works on the frontlines of international development. Transforming ideas into action—action into impact.  
    • With projects in 150 countries, DAI is a leader in proactive approach to duty of care.
    • Yan will share her knowledge and then take us through a duty of care exercise.


  • Personal Development
    • Speaker:  Mike Malinchok, Korn Ferry Hay Group
    • More details to follow 


  • Future Travel Trends
    • Speakers:  Ethan Bernstein, Freebird & Marc Casto, Casto Travel
    • Two industry leading CEOs share their thoughts on the future of travel


Networking Reception to follow a day of learning!


We hope to see you there!

~ Yukari Tortorich, BWBTA Chapter President

~ Ron Kosmahl, NVBTA Chapter President


When:      Wednesday, 18 October from 8am to 5:30pm

Location:  Discovery Communications, 1 Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Parking:     Wayne Avenue Garage or Dixon Garage. Discovery Communications os also located across the street from the Silver Spring Metro (Red Line).


$150.00 Member Ticket

$175.00 Guest Ticket
$195.00 after 07:00 pm October 13

$0.00 Professional Headshot - Complimentary for BWBTA & NVBTA Members