The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and German travel buyer association VDR have unveiled a Centre Stage panel focused on accommodation for the upcoming conference in Berlin next month.

Moderated by industry veteran Bernd Schulz, CEO of business travel software company i:FAO, the panel is set to take place on Thursday, 29 November. The session will feature a panel of executives from a range of accommodation providers, who will explore the impact of technology on the way they meet the needs of business travellers today and in the future.

Panellists include:

  • Ripsy Bandourian, senior director of partnerships and for Business at
  • Martin Biermann, CPO of HRS Global Hotel Solutions
  • Lennert de Jong, CCO of Citizenm hotels
  • Eric-jan Krausch, CEO of Acomodeo

Catherine McGavock, GBTA regional vice president – EMEA, commented: “Technological advances have transformed nearly every aspect of our daily lives, from, the ways in which we conduct business to the way our entire industry operates. We look forward to hearing the insights of these executives, as they draw from their experience to discuss the impact of disruption and technology on the accommodations sector.”

Hans-Ingo Biehl, executive director and board member of VDR, added: “New online entrants in the accommodation sector have used technology to drive disruption in business travel, offering business travellers more choice and options than ever before. During this session we learn from some of the leading accommodation innovators and how they are using technology to generate further market growth.”

The GBTA Conference 2018 Berlin in Partnership with VDR takes place at the Estrel Congress Center from 27-29 November and will bring together more than 60 industry speakers and 50 exhibitors from around the globe. The theme of Momentum is designed to address the rapid acceleration of change within the business travel industry.

To register to attend, or to view the agenda, visit

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