Inaugural Corporate Travel Forum to be staged in London

HRS – Global Hotel Solutions, Buying Business Travel and the Institute of Travel & Meetings (ITM) will host the UK’s inaugural Corporate Travel Forum on 9 June in London.

The event is open exclusively to Corporate Travel Buyers and Procurement Professionals.

Serial entrepreneur Ellis Watson will be joining delegates as the keynote speaker.

Ellis was managing director of Celador and helped create ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’.  He is now CEO of DC Thomson, the Scottish media group. He previously headed Simon Cowell’s joint venture with Sony, and turned around the legendary Greyhound Bus business.

Focusing solely on the hotel category, industry experts will unravel the complexities of hotel programme management from sourcing through to expense claim and analytics. The total cost of stay is often limited to the price of a hotel, but the Forum will explore other avenues of cost in the hotel booking cycle.

The Forum will also see thought leaders discuss latest thinking and share best practice to help fellow travel buyers tackle their specific challenges head on. With a packed agenda on the day, speakers confirmed so far will include:

Carel Aucamp, Global Category Manager – Trade Marketing POSM, Fleet and Travel – British American Tobacco

Paul Wait, CEO – GTMC

Rod Richardson, Travel Manager – Wellcome Trust

Tobias Ragge, CEO – HRS – Global Hotel Solutions

Samantha Van Leeuwen, Head of Hotels and Venues – PwC

Geoff Allwright, Travel Manager UK, General Procurement – Airbus Group

Lukasz Dabrowski, Senior Vice President Hotel Solutions, – HRS – Global Hotel Solutions

Niklas Andréen, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Hospitality Commerce – Travelport

Champa Magesh, Managing Director – Amadeus UK and Ireland

Claudia Unger, Corporate Travel Knowledgist and Author

Jean Squires, Director of Business Development – Lanyon Solutions

Shaun Hinds, Managing Director EMEA and APAC – Bridgestreet

Michiel Verhaagen, CCO & Executive Board Member, Airplus

Christian Heymach, Global Lead Sourcing Solutions – HRS– Global Hotel Solutions

Amon Cohen, specialist business travel writer

To register for a place at the event, which will take place from 9.30am to 5.30pm on 9 June, visit

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