THE ASSOCIATION of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) is hosting a series of executive forums to allow corporate travel professionals to network and exchange ideas, as part of its wider plans to establish a stronger presence in Asia.
Two executive forums were held this month in India's New Delhi and Bangalore, and plans are being made for Shanghai and Hong Kong to host the event in September and November respectively.
ACTE will also take its Asia Education Conference to Singapore on August 16 and 16.
Running concurrently is the Around the World in 80 Hours (ATW80) programme - a 12-week hands-on global immersion training and development course focused exclusively on global business travel management. Encompassing classroom instruction, networking events, cultural activities and site visits, the programme is open to university students as well as travel industry professionals. All participants are awarded the ACTE Global Travel Executive Certification upon completion of the programme. The first round began in March and ended in May. The second session is scheduled to take place from September to November and participants will visit Beijing, Sydney, Frankfurt, New Delhi, Sao Paulo and Dubai.
Plans are underway to extend its footprint across Asia. Its regional director for Asia, Benson Tang, said: “We will continue to investigate the possibility of setting up offices in areas like China and India. In addition, membership on the regional council will continue to expand into different geographic locations. We foresee individuals from China and India becoming regional council members.”