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

June 12th Joint Meeting with SVBTA at The Westin San Francisco Airport 

Did you miss the June Joint meeting with Silicon Valley Business Travel Association? If you did, be sure not to miss taking a peek at the event pictures, because this was a great night for all of The Stars to be Out! About 200 attendees and members enjoyed a nice round of power networking, followed by a very lively over view of the airline industry courtesy of our June Meeting Sponsors Avianca and United Airlines. Our host for the meeting was the Westin SFO, providing a spacious ballroom and an elegant dinner!

The main event of the evening was a lively conversation with Holly Hegeman, Publisher of PlaneBusiness Banter and Dave Hilfman, SVP Sales United Airlines hosted by Ron Wagner, VP Corporate Strategies at SR Travel. The topic for the night was “What will the airline of the future look like? How will distribution systems change?” Not surprisingly, our audience enjoyed the dialog, overviews opinions and they were exceptionally and actively involved in the conversation, which helped to make this one a very memorable program!  There was some focus on the industry structure, latest trends as well as overall financial performance and opportunities. 

The meeting surveys from the evening are in! Networking and strong interest in the program itself still ranks highest in terms of why people attend. The majority of respondents felt that the meeting content met or exceeded expectations and felt extremely valuable to them. Finally, food and schedule ranked in the good to excellent ranges overall. Thank you to everyone involved, here are some pictures for your enjoyment!

 View the Presentation from the August meeting!  Please click here to access our archived presentations from previous meetings.


UPDATE:  Greetings BABTA Members and Friends:

We are pleased to announce that our Washington DC Give-Away drawing was awarded to our long-time member Dave Danby, Global Travel Manager at Bio-Rad Laboratories on May 21st during our monthly chapter meeting in Sausalito at the Casa Madrona Hotel. BABTA would like to congratulate Dave and wish him safe travels! We look forward to hearing about his trip and meetings on Capital Hill in July!  Special THANKS to Virgin America and the Carlyle Hotel Washington DC for making this opportunity possible with their generous donations!

We are excited about our progress as we get Closer to meeting our 2014 GBTA Chapter Challenge Goal and We Still Need YOUR Help.  We have now raised $630 and we can reach our Chapter Goal of raising $1000 if YOU could please participate and or contribute just $5 towards The GBTA Political Action Committee Today! Please click here to make your donation now! Thank you for Your Support! If you have any questions please contact VP Government Affairs for BABTA, Sarita Evans at sarita.evans@windriver.com


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.