New HSMAI Europe, Centaur Travel Group Partnership

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Ingunn Hofseth President HSMAI Europe and David Chapple Event Director at Centaur Travel Group. Photographer: Hans Stenseng, HSMAI Europe

Centaur Travel Group and HSMAI Europe have entered into a partnership. The collaboration includes the London and Dusseldorf Business Travel Shows, the Business Travel Club and the European Travel Buyer Awards (ETBA), across Europe.

The Business Travel Shows in London and Dusseldorf will house a major HSMAI Pavilion, allowing its members to meet hundreds of top quality business travel professionals from across Europe. These events are the largest of their kind in Europe and the only chance each year for corporate buyers to find the information, innovation, introductions and inspiration they need to make more confident and informed buying decisions; to increase efficiency, reduce costs, enhance performance and boost their business network.

“We are delighted to work with HSMAI Europe,” says event director David Chapple. “It is an influential international association that will help us to extend our reach, thereby increasing attendance to our shows, entries to the ETBAs and guests on our Hosted Buyer Programme. HSMAI Europe is also our official partner for Business Travel Club Norway, which will launch this autumn.”

“We are truly excited to work with Centaur Travel Group,” Ingunn Hofseth, president of HSMAI Europe, says. “It is a large organisation with great events both in London and Dusseldorf, and I am certain these exhibitions and events will be of great interest to our members.”

Martin Jørgensen. President/CEO of Net Trans, Chairman of the HSMAI Norwegian board, and member of the board at HSMAI Europe.Martin Jørgensen (right), president/CEO of Net Trans – chairman of the HSMAI Norwegian Board, and member of the board at HSMAI Europe complies: “This cooperation also includes the Business Travel Club concept in Norway and other European countries, which will be introduced to the HSMAI members as well as buyers of hotel and travel services. It will be a brand new meeting ground, where members and buyers can extend their network, get new impulses and meet new people.”

About The Centaur Group:

The Centaur Group is one of the UK’s leading business and special interest media groups. Their vision is to be market leader across all media in each of our chosen specialist communities. Centaur has an outstanding portfolio of market-leading brands in a number of highly attractive vertical sectors. They have an extremely talented and experienced team of senior managers and an exceptional culture of entrepreneurialism. Approximately 600 people work in the Centaur Media Group, where Centaur Travel is an essential part of the operations.

About The Business Travel Show

The Business Travel Show is the UK’s largest and longest-established dedicated event for business travel professionals. With in excess of 180 exhibitors and 5,000 buyers responsible for a travel purse of more than £10.3 billion, the Business Travel Show is the flagship event in the European industry calendar. London is the sister show to business travel events in Dusseldorf and Dubai, and runs alongside complementary event Travel Technology Europe. The 18th Business Travel Show takes place 7-8 February 2012 at Earls Court 2 in London. For more information and free registration, please visit www.businesstravelshow.com

About European Travel Buyer Awards

The European Travel Buyer Awards is the only pan-European awards to recognise and reward corporate travel managers who are leading the way in their field, and have devised and managed progressives and innovative travel and meeting programmes that save their company money and their travellers time. The 2011 event will take place on 6 February 2012 on the eve of Business Travel Show (Europe’s largest event for the corporate travel market in London 7-8 February).

About Business Travel Club

The Business Travel Club is a regular social and networking event, open to anyone involved in the business travel industry. The club meets six times a year in the UK and the Netherlands and is launching in Norway this year.

Top photo: The agreement was signed in London on 5 September by Ingunn Hofseth President HSMAI Europe and David Chapple Event Director at Centaur Travel Group. Photographer: Hans Stenseng, HSMAI Europe.