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 June 02, 2014
GBTA Announces Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary as Featured Speaker at GBTA Conference Berlin 2014

 The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) today announced that Michael O'Leary, Ryanair CEO, will be a featured speaker at Centre Stage during this year's GBTA Conference 12-14 November in Berlin, being delivered in partnership with German business travel buyer association VDR.

Mr O'Leary will talk to delegates about how Ryanair revolutionized the airline model in Europe, the company's strategy for the corporate travel market and its plans for its new distribution platform including Travelport and Google.

"We promised pioneers and masters of disruption and no-one fits that bill better than Michael O'Leary," said Catherine McGavock, GBTA's Regional Director for EMEA. "I am delighted to welcome him as a featured speaker at conference this year and I have no doubt that this session will inspire, enlighten and inform on the future of aviation distribution."

"European Aviation is set for radical change over the next few years and Ryanair plans to be at the centre during this change." said Ryanair CEO, Michael O'Leary. "For decades Ryanair has been providing European customers with low cost choice and we're not afraid to challenge the market with new thinking. By November Ryanair will be rolling out an unbeatable business travel proposition and the GBTA audience is a great engagement opportunity. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and plans and my deep love for business travel agents in this session."

Mr O'Leary became CEO of Ryanair in 1993 and built it into Europe's biggest passenger airline. Over the next five years Ryanair will grow from carrying 80m to over 110m customers each year.

The event brings together GBTA's annual conference in Europe with German partner association VDR's autumn symposium to create Europe's foremost business travel conference, expected to attract more than 650 delegates from over 20 countries.

Registration is now open, information on this and the conference programme is available on


Global Business Travel Association

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world's premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA's 7,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA and the GBTA Foundation deliver world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts.

Verband Deutsches Reisemanagement e.V. (VDR)

The VDR represents the interests of German industry and deals with the general and competitive conditions surrounding business trips and mobility. It campaigns for efficient, economical, safe, unhindered, worldwide travel possibilities for companies. The VDR with its over 530 member companies represents a total annual turnover in the business travel sector of more than EUR 10 billion.