The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) Global and Corporate Lodging Forum (CLF) by HRS have partnered to develop content for ACTE’s five global summits in 2018, beginning with the ACTE Global Summit in New York City on 29 April.

CLF will coordinate and contribute to select lodging-focused education sessions at all five events. ACTE says the partnership was formed in response to growing demand from its members for more education focused on the “constantly evolving” corporate hospitality space.

Sessions at the summits will focus on a variety of topics, including how to integrate alternative accommodations into a travel programme, the future of the hotel sourcing process, new incremental savings opportunities and the application of game-changing technology such as virtual payments.

Following the event in New York, the new educational content will be available at the Singapore Global Summit from 17-18 July, the Paris Global Summit from 14-16 October, the Montreal Global Summit from 18-20 November and the Sydney Global Summit in December.

The first set of HRS Corporate Lodging Forums will take place in Madrid on 24 April, Shanghai on 9 May, Tokyo on 16 May, Warsaw on 24 May, London on 7 June and Sao Paolo on 16 August.

Jill Jefferis, director of global engagement at ACTE, said: “With accommodations being a key aspect of the business traveller experience, we’re excited to tap HRS’s expertise and CLF’s depth of offering to help summit attendees broaden their knowledge of the emerging issues affecting their corporate travel programmes, as well as bringing ACTE global research into CLF.”

Carole Poillerat, executive director of industry relations and Corporate Lodging Forum for HRS, added: “ACTE and HRS share the same objectives of educating travel buyers on the complex hospitality market, helping them bring competitive advantage to their organisations, and positioning travel executives as strategic partners to the C-suite. Our organisations are naturally aligned to the goal of propelling corporate travel executives into the future, and we’re excited to launch this initiative.”;

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