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2015 Summer Event at Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, WI

August 17, 2015
11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
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The Osthoff Resort
101 Osthoff Avenue
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020
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Osthoff Resort-Golf or Boat Cruise & Dinner. Direct Session Tour @ 12:30. Future Meetings: Sept. 9 Private Data & Prying Eyes (Hilton Garden, Milw) Nov 11 Behind Scenes of car rental, hotel room, airplane. (Madison). Jan 13, 201

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WBTA Government Relations

WBTA is positioned to complete the GBTA annual Chapter Challenge for another year. Below are two items that we'd like members to take action on:

1) 30% of members send emails to Congress supporting GBTA positions: Please go to http://capwiz.com/nbta/home/ and send your elected officials a note today. It takes 10 minutes, and it’s important that business travel interests are known by Congress. AT the GBTA website, there are 2 topics that you can weigh in on:

* Support Efforts to End Rental Car Taxes

* Oppose Efforts to Tax Air Travelers - This new bill preparing to enter Congress and GBTA needs your support. The gist of this issue is that airports and others want to increase the $4.50 Passenger Facility Charge you pay per stop to $8.00. They claim they need it for airport improvement yet, since 2008, more than $70 billion in capital improvement projects have been completed, are underway or have been approved by U.S. airlines and their airport partners at the nation’s largest 30 airports.

At our May 2015 meeting, we’ll have a Government Relations table set up, where you can learn more about these issues. You’ll also be able to send your email to Congress, if you’ve not been able to complete this action step.

2) Contribute $1000 to GBTA’s political action committee: At Education Day 2015 we raised $850 for the PAC, so we only need $150 more. At our May meeting, we‘re offering a fantastic Milwaukee Brewers ticket package to help us raise money and meet our goal. Be sure to bring a ten or twenty dollar bill to contribute, and have a chance to win this prize.


WBTA Members Talk About Value of Membership

Carole Barnum - Barnum Travel
Pat Tracey - Appleton Airport
Bob Gotthart - Kohler Company 


Nine WBTA Presidents in One Room

WBTA has had thirteen presidents (including the current one) in its 24 year history. Nine of the thireteen (one not pictured) were in attendace at WBTA's annual fundraiser in 2014. The fact that so many past presidents are still involved with WBTA is a wonderful feat and is just one more reason our Wisconsin chapter continues to be so successful.


 

The Wisconsin Business Travel Association (WBTA), an official chapter of the Global Business Travel Association, welcomes you.   WBTA is an affiliate of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), whose members represent major corporations and travel suppliers throughout the United States. Along with WBTA, the national organization provides members with information on the latest technical and service advantages within the industry, as well as current legislative issues involving travel costs and safety matters affecting business travel.

Founded in 1990, the Wisconsin Business Travel Association (WBTA) provides an important forum for the exchange of information, education and ideas among its members, who include representatives from local corporations and leading travel industry suppliers. Our emphasis is to work together to better understand new and emerging travel management practices.

WBTA is committed to enhancing the travel profession by sponsoring educational and informational programs for its members, and by providing top-rated speakers to address travel-related issues, concerns and current "hot topic" items. 

Our chapter is an excellent venue for the sharing of travel-related information and professional expertise, and is an organization focused on perfecting the science of business travel management.

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