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GBTA APAC Conference 2023 Singapore


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Get Ready for the Business Travel Event of the Year

The countdown is on to GBTA APAC Conference 2023 – Singapore! This year’s conference is packed with great education sessions, engaging main stage sessions, panel discussions, and incredible exhibitors. 

Conference Start Time: 10.00 AM on September 19, 2023
Conference Location: Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 25835w


We encourage you to arrange your accommodation for your trip as soon as possible.  The Shangri-La Hotel is offering a special rate for Conference attendees, visit the webpage for more information.

Parking: Car parking is available at the Shangri-La Hotel and we have a limited number of complimentary places, these will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Download the Conference App

Download the free Conference app and access the full agenda, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendee lists and prepare ahead of time!  The app will allow you to create your own agenda of selected sessions, interact with other attendees, view the expo floor map and much more!

Download on the Apple App Store
Download on the Google Play Store

You can also access the full agenda on the Attendee Hub

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Registration and Badge Pickup

The registration desk will be open each day of the Conference for attendees to check in and receive a name badge

The registration desk is open at the following times:

September 19, 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM
September 20, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Attendee Wi-Fi Access Instructions:

1. Open Wireless Network
2. Connect to Wireless Network
3. Choose “Shangri-La Hotel” Network
4. Click on the internet icon and key the website address:
5. A redirection page should appear, wait for it to load to a login page & click agree
6. You should see a welcome page and have internet access

Make Your Voice Heard at Conference

For the first time ever, we’re curating a playlist of songs to play at the Opening Reception at GBTA APAC Conference 2023 – Singapore. Celebrate your voice by submitting one song that resonates with you and represents business travel in 2023 for you! Submit your song here >>

Check Out Get Pica

Get any photos taken by our on-site photographer of you delivered directly to your inbox with Get Pica! 

  1. Download getPica app through the Apple App StoreGoogle Play Store or access through
  2. Create an account
  3. Enter our event code – #APAC2023
  4. Take a selfie so it can recognize your face – no one will see it
  5. See the photos of you

What to do in Singapore

Check out the Destination Toolkit Page for a guide on what to do, where to go and what’s happening in Singapore!

If you decide to come into town a bit earlier, or stay a bit longer, then check-out these activities – curated by locals and expats:

Grand-Prix / F1

Singapore is hosting the Grand-Prix F1 the weekend before GBTA. This amazing event brings together the best race drivers for a night-time race.

Hawker Food

Get your Singaporean food fix at one of the hawker centres across town. Newton Circus and Maxwell are well known ‘markets’ and easy accessible. Try the famous Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, Singapore Laksa, Mee Siam or Rebus, Lontong, or endulge in a Kueh Lapis, just to name a few. Couple this with a nice Sugarcane Juice, or a locally brewed Tiger beer.

Gardens by the Bay

An absolute must see when in Singapore. Wander through the gardens, take an elevator up one of the big tree in Supertree Grove, and visit the Flower and Cloud Forest ’domes’ to explore beautiful flora it has to offer.

Hiking & Running

If you are into hiking or running there are a couple of amazing tracks across the city. Check out Bukit Timah Railroad, McRitchie Reservoir, Bedok Reservoir

Beach Bumming

Take a stroll in East Coast Park, and plant your feet in the sand. Spend a couple of hours at Sentosa to work on your tan.

Key Conference Events

We’ve highlighted below some of the key Conference highlights.  You can find out more about the full Conference programme via the Conference app and in the attendee hub.

Opening Main Stage New Horizons: New Frontiers

11.00am – 12.15pm Tuesday 19 September

Business Travel is back in APAC and so is GBTA. In this scene setting Opening Main Stage we will address the state of business travel in the region, drawing on GBTA research and insights we will look at how it is expected to grow over the next five years and what is different. The region is benefiting from what might seem small insignificant actions – turning into huge rewards. This is the time to take advantage of this compounding and the state of flux we are in. We know that this will pass and is only preceding the establishment of a new direction.


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Networking Cocktail

5.15pm – 6.30pm Tuesday 19 September
After a full day of education, thought leadership and networking, join your fellow attendees to relax, chat and unwind over a cocktail.


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Go! Running Tour of Singapore

6.00am Wednesday 20 September
Go! Running Tours is delighted to invite delegates of GBTA APAC Conference 2023 – Singapore to join our morning running and brisk walking tours in Singapore starting directly from the Shangri-La Hotel on Wednesday 20 September 2023 at 6.00am.


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Buyer Breakfast Session

8.00am – 9.00am Wednesday 20 September
Day two will open with a buyer only breakfast giving buyer attendees the opportunity for peer-to-peer networking and knowledge sharing.


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Opening Main Stage Day Two: The Innovation Hour (and a Quarter)

9.15am – 10.30am Wednesday 20 September
Innovation brings disruption and disruption brings opportunity – this session will look at how changes in distribution channels are impacting our industry and how to harness the power of innovation.


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The Big Idea - Interactive Session

11.15am – 12.15pm Wednesday 20 September
AI is transforming our lives in countless ways both personally and professionally and it’s not all ChatGPT. The Big Idea we will be addressing is what does AI mean for our industry – what are the opportunities for Business Travel in terms of enhanced service; who has most to gain and what will be the impact on the travel programme; travel manager and traveller experience.


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Closing Main Stage: Winning Hearts and Minds

3.00pm – 4.00pm Wednesday 20 September
Travel is a people business – so how do we as an industry recruit, retain and realise the potential of the brightest and best? In this closing main stage, led by Andrew Chan we shall look at what our industry needs to do to attract new talent and what we need to do to drive our own career success.