GBTA reschedules annual convention

The annual Global Business Travel Association convention, which is scheduled to be held at the Denver Convention Center this year, has been pushed back. Photo credit: Denver Convention Center (Denver Convention Center)

The Global Business Travel Association is moving the dates of the GBTA Convention 2020 to Nov. 7-11 due to the coronavirus pandemic and various state and local restrictions. The annual convention brings together more than 7,000 business travel professionals from more than 50 countries across the globe. This year’s GBTA Convention was scheduled to take place in Denver on July 25-29. 

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“This is the first time in GBTA’s 52-year history of convention that we have had to reschedule our signature event,” said Scott Solombrino, the GBTA’s COO/executive director. “This unprecedented move comes in unprecedented times. We are all working to ensure the safety of business travelers and their families. We are hopeful that the pandemic will subside on a global level and that we will be able to help travel managers and sponsors determine how best to revive the industry when we meet in November.”

Solombrino said the event was rescheduled after several weeks of discussing options with officials at the Denver Convention Center.

“We all agreed that there was no way to hold a safe, healthy, and successful conference in July, so we agreed to push the dates out as far as possible in 2020. We will continue to work with the state of Colorado, city of Denver, the convention center and health officials to ensure we can have our convention in November,” he said. “Our hope is that the pandemic will pass within the next few months and we will be able to resume our normal activities. But if that is not the case, we may need to push convention back further.”