Hundreds of professionals and dozens of leading organizations in the federal and state government travel sector will gather Feb. 27 to March 1, 2017, for the second annual GovTravels symposium.

Held at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, Va., GovTravels is the only event of its kind where stakeholders in both government and the private sector can meet and collaborate on regulations, technology, challenges and best practices in government travel. This year, GovTravels adds the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO), which oversees commercial travel for the Department of Defense, as an official co-sponsor.

“GovTravels is a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing travel managers across the federal government and the travel industry, and to collaborate on solutions to meet those challenges,” said William Mansell, Director of the Defense Travel Management Office. “This event provides a relevant backdrop to help inform the strategic direction of the Defense Travel Enterprise as we consider new technologies and adopt applicable industry best practices.”

GovTravels 2016, by Cherie Cullen

Philip Benjamin, then-acting Director of the Defense Travel Management Office, speaks at GovTravels 2016.

The 2017 symposium incorporates contributions and feedback from the General Services Administration, DTMO, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and private industry. In total, GovTravels offers access to presentations by significant speakers, discussions with travel decision makers, educational breakouts, and a full-fledged expo space.

Mansell will provide expertise as a panelist at GovTravels. Other distinguished government speakers and panelists include William H. Booth, Director of the Defense Human Resources Activity, Tim Burke, Government-wide Category Executive for Travel, Jonathan Mostowski, Senior Procurement Advisor for the U.S. Digital Service, and Gary Rasicot, Acting Deputy Administrator of the TSA.

“I believe that we have assembled a superb group of authoritative speakers who are ready to roll up their sleeves and have an active dialog with the travel industry,” said Rear Admiral (Ret.) Mark Buzby, NDTA’s president, “and I know that they are anxious to hear what is on industry’s mind. This event is designed to facilitate that kind of exchange.”

Representatives from dozens of companies are already slated to attend. GovTravels Platinum Sponsors include Amtrak, BCD Travel, Concur, CWTSato Travel, Sabre and Travelport.

Individuals can register online at