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2018 Forecast – A Perspective of the New Year

December 14, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
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Hilton Santa Clara
4949 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054
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Registration closes at 5pm on the Monday before the event. We are unable to take a waiting list, however we will accept payment at the door for walk-ups at the event on an availability only basis, we regret we cannot verify additional capacity ahead of time.  

GBTA All Access Members from OTHER CHAPTERS are entitled to the SVBTA Community Member Discount for events.  Please contact for the coupon code to use as a guest registration.

PLEASE NOTE:   Registration fees are non-refundable after the Friday prior to any event.  

2018 Forecast – A Perspective of the New Year

Come join us for a panel discussion of 2018 business travel forecast!

Experts will share their insights on travel price trends for air, accommodations and ground transportation. Don’t miss the chance to  benchmark your travel program against the forecasts.

Learn what trends and innovations buyers and suppliers should be aware of-artificial intelligence including virtual travel agents and chatbots, blockchain and automation, and continuing focus on traveler centricity.



Eric Jongeling currently serves as the Director of the CWT Hotel Solutions Group responsible for leading CWT’s  hotel consulting business in the Americas.  His role includes a focus on driving business growth, incorporating best practices and continuous improvement across the team, and providing ongoing market and industry expertise. 

Eric brings over 16 years of experience in strategic sourcing, program management, strategic planning and process optimization. Throughout his career, he has led numerous teams in the successful development and implementation of travel programs, process efficiency and strategic analytics. Eric also has considerable experience partnering with customers across multiple industries including Financial Services, Technology, Pharmaceuticals and Manufacturing.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and currently resides in the Minneapolis area.

Neil Hammond, partner as GoldSpring Consulting has 15 years experience in the travel industry as a buyer and consultant. Neil started his career with Schlumberger and has worked in the United Kingdom, France and the USA whilst travelling extensively during his career. Neil held various roles in Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Quality Assurance supplying oilfield equipment to the field locations before becoming Global Travel Manager for Schlumberger where he implemented the $360 million travel program in 40 countries.


April Bridgeman is a long-time road warrior with unmatched passion for the traveler experience. She has a clear vision for travel-related products and services that blend into today’s mobile and socially connected lifestyles. April also loves to collaborate with clients to incorporate unique demand-management strategies and newly available intelligence & analytics to drive corporate travel programs across new horizons. As managing director of Advito, she heads BCD Travel’s consultancy unit.  As SVP--Innovation, she brings new ideas and practices into BCD Travel.


GBTA All Access Members are entitled to the SVBTA Community Member Discount for events.  Please contact for the coupon code to get $10 off Guest registration prior to the early registration.

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$50.00 Member Ticket
$40.00 Earlybird rate before December 8

$60.00 Non-Member or Guest Ticket

$25.00 Student Member Ticket


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