Government Relations

As an official chapter of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), Ohio Valley BTA supports the efforts of GBTA in providing a unified voice for the business travel industry.  Through our Legislative Liaison and engaged members, Ohio Valley BTA participates in various activities to further the interests of our industry.  The importance of these efforts are best summarized by GBTA:

"Business travel accounts for a significant portion of the travel industry, one of the most important segments of the American economy, which employs one in every seven workers. Travel plays an integral role in the success of American businesses in every industry. GBTA members contribute heavily to that success, directing more than $170 billion in travel & entertainment expenses each year. Laws and policies that affect GBTA members and their companies' travelers have a real impact on American businesses and the economy."

2016 GBTA Convention

Front Row:
Mary Pelino - OVBTA Chairman of the Board
Staci Olney - OVBTA Chapter Member
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - GBTA Convention Keynote Luncheon Speaker -  Monday July 18
Wini Cloran - OVBTA Chapter President

Back Row
Renee Huff - OVBTA Secretary
Jeff Maurer - OVBTA Treasurer 

Proudly the Ohio Valley BTA Chapter placed 1st in the Business Travel PAC Chapter Challenge for mid-size chapters.  As 1st place winner, 5 members of the chapter were invited to have a picture with the GBTA Keynote luncheon speaker, Julia Louis Dreyfus.

Get Involved Today!

You have an opportunity to speak out on behalf of your profession, employer and industry.  Check out these links to the government relations activities of GBTA and get involved today:

  • Issues -- This section is meant to help you navigate and understand the public policy issues that affect your travel program.
  • The Legislative Action Center -- current news on legislation affecting business travel and interactive opportunities to make your voice heard in Washington.
  • NBTAPAC -- information on how this important political tool works for you and how you can get involved.

For further questions about our government relations efforts, please contact the OVBTA Legislative Liaison, Doug Payne.