Welcome to the
Bay Area Business Travel Association!

Our Mission

The Bay Area Business Travel Association’s programs are designed to further the understanding of corporate travel management practices and trends. BABTA provides opportunities for corporate (direct) travel suppliers and purchasers to share perspectives on pertinent industry topics. Membership criteria help maintain an equal balance between the two groups, thereby providing views from all vantage points.
Founded in 1975, the organization has over 200 members from different locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, representing firms in all types of business: manufacturing, insurance, utilities, banking, computer hardware and software, biotechnology, law and construction. BABTA is affliated with the Global Business Travel Association.

Current News and Trends

September Meeting!  "TripFriction and Traveler Disruption" Sir Francis Drake Hotel San Francisco

Thank you for a GREAT night! Special thank you to our hosts, Sir Francis Drake Hotel & our meeting sponsors Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite and Mosaic Global Transportation!  Our members and guests were treated to a lively panel discussion, supported by ...survey results from 60,000 traveler participants. Scott Gillespie, industry icon lead the overview, presented the data and facilitated the panel discussion. Travel blogger and industry insider Chris McGinnis shared expertise as both a roadwarrior himself and media correspondent. Christopher Hom of Dropbox added his own take on how management should ensure traveler productivity with hundreds of thousands of global air miles to his credit.

Scott's overview supported the discussion with compelling facts and illustrations. Please take a look at his presentation here and let us know how YOUR company could do a better job of keeping those very important Road Warriors efficient, safe and happy!

 View the Presentation from the September meeting!  You can also click here to access our archived presentations from previous meetings.



The Results are IN and they are very GOOD! We are happy to report that BABTA received honorable mention at this year’s GBTA Convention in LA. For the very first time in our history, we came very close to hitting our Chapter Challenge Goal. Thank you to all of our members and guests who provided donations to the PAC cause on our behalf. Together we were able to achieve this significant accomplishment!! Special thanks to Sarita Evans, VP Government Affairs for BABTA who lead the effort by promoting the challenge and soliciting interest at our meetings. We also wish to thank JDV Hotels and Virgin America for generously donating their services to help promote a trip to Washington DC as part of the overall effort!


Meet the Candidates!

October 15th is the next BABTA Meeting and the Board of Directors Elections will be held.  Following are the Nominees for the upcoming 2015 Board elections:

VP Venues:  Gyasi Edwards Bio
VP Technology:  Laura Tyson  Bio
VP Business Development:  Lisa Tompkins Bio
VP Membership:  Karen Morrison-Perry Bio
VP Public Relations:  Salem Eways  Bio
VP Government Affairs:  Joeann LaMadrid  Bio


Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)

BABTA is an official chapter of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) whose members represent major corporations and travel suppliers. Along with BABTA, the global 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.