Industry professionals joined BBT to interview the director of the Business Travel Show, David Chapple, on what we can expect at the 2014 show on February 4-5 at Earls Court in London.
Questions and answers were short and sweet – 140 characters or less, as the interview took place on Twitter.
To see the full Twinterview, and to keep updated with show news and developments, check out the hashtag #BTS14
What’s new for the hosted buyers at the 2014 @BTShowlondon? #BTS14
More education sessions for the experienced buyer – education is a big reason they attend.
More exhibitors with strong represent’n from #hotels #airlines #technology #rail #corporatecards
What plans do you have for the #BT14 hosted buyers’ conference on the Monday?
Big data kicks off the day, followed by six sessions relevant to buyers who buy globally or within EMEA
What’ve been the biggest changes to @BTShowlondon in the last 20 years?
Bigger, without a doubt – however, technology and sustainability now play key part of exhibitor make up
Are there more exhibitors at @BTShowlondon this year?
Yes, around 250 up from 203 last year, so lots of new ones to see #bts14
What excites you most about the content?
A dozen buyer-led case studies, and CEOs from @BCDTravel @CWT_UK @RadiusTravel @Expedia
@BTShowlondon has been polling senior travel buyers – what r u hearing are their chief concerns right now?
Top four are #NDC, Travel Management 2.0, #sustainability, availability of #traveldata
Have buyers’ requirements and expectations for @BTShowlondon changed over the years?
Fundamentally no – issues change but sourcing, learning and networking are the main reasons they attend
What social and networking events are planned during #bts14?
Networking and discovery forums increased from 4 to 8. Welcome reception for hosted buyers, exhibitor & hosted-buyer party at London Transport Museum.
There are also many #BTS14 events on exhibitor stands too. @CWT_UK and @SabreTN have one each day
Do you think there are too many business travel events in the calendar, possibly diluting the impact of @BTShowlondon?
None on the scale of #bts14: up to 250 exhibitors, 70+ conference sessions & 6,500 industry professionals. No other event provides this level of coverage