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 June 04, 2014
ACTE And UTS, Sydney Launch Graduate Into Business Travel Career

 Samatha Encarnacion is the most recent graduate from The University of Technology - Sydney's Business School to enter the corporate travel industry through an alliance with the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. After completing her final exams in international studies and tourism management, Ms. Encarnacion has launched her post graduate career with The Lido Group, a reknown corporate and government accommodation aggregator and provider of managed accommodation programs and integrated payment solutions.

"The business travel industry will certainly make use of what I've learned in international studies, and tourism management shares several parallels with business travel management," said Ms. Encarnacion. "And I do love to travel." She introduced herself to ACTE as an intern at the ACTE Australasia Corporate Travel & Meetings/Events Conference, 5-6 December 2013. As a direct result of the alliance program formed between UTS and ACTE in 2012.

ACTE has a number of introductory educational programs on the books and others in development. The association will conduct more than 60 executive level forums and presentations around the world in 2014, and has announced the industry's first major virtual conference slated for next September.

"I congratulate Ms. Encarnacion on her determination and diligence in gaining the necessary experience to land this job," said ACTE Regional Director, Andrew Kelly. ACTE and UTS developed this program in recognition of a growing need for new talent in the business travel management profession. "Our association has pioneered advanced travel management programs, sparked the development of new technology, and advocated corporate social responsibility in business travel since 1988," added Mr. Kelly. "Now we are instrumental in bringing on the next generation of corporate travel managers."

Internship Director & Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management at the UTS Business School, Tony Griffin added "This is a great outcome for Ms. Encarnacion. It certainly highlights the key role that ACTE plays in helping UTS Tourism students find pathways into the industry."

Benjamin Weinmann, Director of Global Sales & Strategic Partnerships for The Lido Group & President HSMAI Pacific, said, "Ms. Encarnacion put herself out there and that was the reason we employed her. It's all about attitude!"