Virtual GovTravels 2021 Symposium to Focus on the Changing World of Government Travel in an Era of COVID-19

Feb 2, 2021 | From HQ

The National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) together with the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) are co-sponsoring GovTravels 2021, a virtual symposium to discuss the changing world of government passenger travel in an era of COVID-19. The virtual event takes place February 23-25, 2021.

WHAT: The annual GovTravels symposium brings together experts from across the federal government and the travel industry to examine a wide range of topics focused on passenger travel issues and the Department of Defense’s (DOD) multi-billion-dollar commercial travel enterprise. GovTravels focuses on government-wide travel programs and travel policy, providing professional development and networking opportunities for all participants. The theme of this year’s GovTravels is “Respond, Adapt, Innovate – The Changing World of Government Travel.” Sessions will address the impact of the global pandemic on government travel, how government and industry responded, and projected lasting impacts.   

WHO:  Members of the National Defense Transportation Association, leaders and decision-makers from across the federal government, including the DOD and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), members of the passenger travel industry, and academia gather to discuss creative and innovative ways to strengthen travel readiness, solve challenges, and improve the U.S. Government’s ability to provide the travel services required to operate.

THE AGENDA: This year’s GovTravels agenda builds on previous events to focus on how to best take advantage of evolving technologies and industry capabilities to innovate in a way that dramatically improves travel services provided to the Government Traveler, improving readiness and global mission support. The 2021 symposium enlists notable government and industry subject matter experts as keynote speakers, session moderators, and panelists who will challenge our thinking and lead our discussions.

Keynote Speakers: 

  • Robert Salesses, Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense & Global Security, will present a keynote address on Tuesday, February 23, 9:40 a.m. EST. The session will focus on Covid-19 lessons learned for passenger travel, followed by a panel discussion on the same topic with passenger travel experts from the Defense Travel Management Office, General Services Administration, U.S. Transportation Command, and U.S. Army.
  • Scott Kirby, President & CEO, United Airlines, will provide a keynote address on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST.   In his address, “Passenger Air Travel: Adapting to Meet the Changing Environment,” Mr. Kirby will talk about impacts to air travel, discuss the CleanPlus program, and explain how testing, vaccines, and technology will address customer needs.
  • Kurt J. Ekert, President & CEO, CWT, will speak on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EST.   In his address, “Passenger Travel: Adapting to meet the changing environment,” Mr. Ekert will discuss how innovations will provide safety and support the government traveler. This discussion examines the impacts of the pandemic on the industry and on the government traveler – identifying and applying new innovations and procedures to safely provide customer travel needs.

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