Norad Travel Group, the leading independent travel management company and travel specialist, has further enhanced its reputation as one of the UK’s most energetic and ambitious travel businesses with the news that Chairman Mick Gibbs has been appointed to the Executive Board of the Guild of Travel Management Companies [GTMC] for a three year term.
The GTMC is the UK’s representative body for Travel Management Companies (TMC’s), whose members collectively look after more than 80% of all managed travel booked in this country. The GTMC works to raise awareness of the vital role of business travel within the broader economy, lobbying governments, EU legislators, travel suppliers and the media to ensure that members’ perspectives and requirements are represented at the highest level. Key industry partners include major airlines, airports, accommodation providers, rail, car rental and technology companies.
Increasingly recognised as an authentic and influential industry presence, Mick Gibbs wants to help the Guild to energise the scope and long-term health of business travel, and has also taken on the chair of the important GTMC Technology Sub-Committee, in addition to his new board duties.
Paul Wait, CEO of the GTMC, explained why Norad Travel Group’s contribution is most welcome. ‘For the GTMC to flourish and confidently address the issues the industry faces, now and in future, it is important to have an Executive Board that is not just passionate about the industry but has a complementary range of skills and experience that the business travel industry in totality cannot ignore. Mick brings a down-to-earth approach to business with a transformational strategic outlook, and more importantly a growth mind-set that is crucial today.’
Commenting on his appointment Mick Gibbs, Chairman & CEO of Norad Travel Group added, ‘I’m delighted to be taking on this significant responsibility on behalf of the wider travel management community in the UK, particularly in today’s fluid international trading environment. The GTMC is the voice of business travel, and I believe that my own positive and progressive voice will help raise further the volume and substance of our message to UK Business plc, government and the travel industry alike going forward.’
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About Norad Travel Group:
Norad Travel Group is a specialist travel management and leisure travel organization based in Liss, Hants. Formed in 1981 Norad celebrated 35 years of success in 2016, and are influential members of the Guild of Travel Management Companies [GTMC] and the Advantage consortium of independent travel agents. Chairman Mick Gibbs serves on the GTMC board and chairs its technology committee. He also chairs the Focus Group of travel management specialists within Advantage.