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Published on : Monday, May 23, 2016
Florida’s Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades will host the GTMC Overseas Conference from 16th -19th May this year. This is the first time the conference has ever been held in Florida. Up to 160 leading decision makers from the business travel sector are expected to travel to Marco Island for the conference, held at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club and Spa. Other destination partners include Marco Beach Ocean Resort and Inn on Fifth. British Airways and American Airlines are main co-sponsors of the event, with additional co-hosting sponsorship from Brand USA and VISIT FLORIDA.
GTMC is the only representative body for Travel Management Companies and the business travel community in the UK. The diverse membership accounts for over 80% of UK expenditure on managed business travel, equating to an estimated $10 billion in revenue. The business travel sector is a fast growing area of the travel industry with the Office of National Statistics reporting a 10.3% growth for the sector in the third quarter of 2015.
Through its strategic partnership with GTMC, Florida’s Paradise Coast aims to become a first choice destination for business travel – not only encouraging meetings and incentives to Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades but also targeting those travelling for business throughout the USA and encouraging them to extend their stay, adding a leisure break to the Paradise Coast onto their trip. As the host destination for the overseas conference this year, the destination presents the delegates with a unique opportunity to experience a conference in a beachfront location, whilst being at the gateway to the wilderness of Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve.
Oonagh McCullagh, Florida’s Paradise Coast, Director UK/Ireland/France commented, “We’re absolutely delighted that GTMC has chosen to hold its conference in Florida’s Paradise Coast. We recognize that the business travel community is an extremely important part of the UK market reach and we’re looking forward to welcoming so many prestigious industry partners to experience the diversity of our region.”
Chief Executive Officer of GTMC, Paul Wait, understands the potential of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades region for the business travel market from the UK, “We’re very much looking forward to hosting our overseas conference in Florida for the first time and particularly in the Paradise Coast. We see huge opportunity here for business travel with excellent connectivity, world class hotels and resorts with superb facilities, over 90 golf courses in the region and so much to see and do.”