Travel Academy Inaugurated at GovTravels 2020.

Author:Varkonyi, Irvin

The inaugural Travel Academy will kick off at GovTravels on Feb 25-26, 2020. A series of 17 educational breakout sessions will be offered that provide attendees with focused learning opportunities in five topic tracks:


The travel industry across all segments is experiencing disruptions to their business which demand adaptation by industry stakeholders. The Travel Disruptors session will offer insight on disruptions in air travel, rail movement, personal car usage, and traveler accommodations. Panelists will include representatives from Avis Car Rental and Wyndham Hotels.

In DTMO Overview of Leisure Services, presented by the American Services Travel Team, learn about booking discounts for leisure travel for military personnel for hotels, cars, flights, packages, cruises, and more.

Other sessions in this track include Duty of Care: Shared Responsibility, which will explore the responsibility or legal obligation of an organization to look after the health, safety and security of their employees while they're traveling for business.


The City Pair Program Management Office will provide an update on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 closeout, the current status of FY2020, and review the FY2021 solicitation items. The General Services Administration (GSA) will present this session.

The Defense Human Resource Activity's (DHRA) Office of General Counsel will conduct the session Ethics Training for Industry and Government. Learn how you can avoid the ethical landmines of the government-industry relationship and ensure you are ready to do what is right when ethical dilemmas arise. Not your stereotypical attorney, Tom Serrano will provide both an informative and entertaining presentation of applying ethical principles from both government and industry perspectives.


Big Five Trends: Travel Trends Driving the Paradigm Shift of Government Travel will examine how the travel industry is rapidly evolving to meet changing consumer expectations. A paradigm shift is taking place across the travel ecosystem to deliver intelligent solutions that elevate the traveler experience from door-to-door. Attendees in this session will learn first-hand what is trending and how the "Travel Industry Revolution" is impacting the government sector from Sabre's Chief Scientist.

The audience for the panel discussion, Technology Trends to Make the Traveler's Journey Easier, will be introduced to the latest emerging trends and technology being...

To continue reading