Meeting/Event Information

What’s up with Government Affairs and who cares?

April 05, 2018
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
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Fairmont San Jose
170 S. Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Venue Website

**Please Note the following notes do NOT apply to any Special Events such as the Golf Classic or E-Day:

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.  



What’s up with Government Affairs and who cares? 

All of us, regardless of your position within the travel industry will be affected by what happens when/if federal laws are passed on topics like…

  • An increase in the Passenger Facility Fees that may be  approved this year
  • If  the current ban on travel to and from certain countries is  extended
  • Why traveler/consumer protections such as have refunds for late arriving baggage not been enacted by the new Administration?
  • Changes in the Aviation infrastructure
  • TSA Modernization – more AI
  • Continued ban on cell phone use in airplanes

Please join us for an informative and engaging discussion with Shane Downey, Government relations consultant for the GBTA.  Learn what is in store for business travel this year and determine how to advise both your employer and customers on matters that affect us all on a professional and personal level.

Speaker: Shane Downey

Shane Downey leads the government relations team for the Global Business Travel Association.

In addition to serving as the association’s lobbyist, Shane oversees the countrywide grassroots campaign, and the Business Travel PAC. Shane has worked at GBTA for 10 years. Prior to joining GBTA, Shane was a Senior Associate at a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. In 1996, Shane oversaw the successful reelection of an Ohio Congressman. 

Shane received his B.A in History from The Ohio State University.



$5.00 for the 1st 20 minutes &

$1.50 each additional 20 minutes up to $26


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.


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$60.00 Member Ticket
$50.00 Earlybird rate before March 23

$70.00 Non-Member or Guest Ticket

$25.00 Student Member Ticket


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