Education Opportunities

Education is the foundation for the existence of GBTA - Upstate New York, which was founded in 1990 by a group of travel industry leaders that wanted to raise the knowledge and professionalism of those individuals whose careers were in managing or selling travel related services. Each of our monthly meetings are designed to provide current, leading edge information to our membership, and to create a comfortable social environment where networking and peer recognition can be accomplished informally.

GBTA Webinars

GBTA Webinars are web-based distance learning and educational programs that allow GBTA Members and Chapter Members to participate in live interactive forums on business travel industry issues and simultaneously view presentations. Each GBTA Webinar program runs up to 60 minutes in length. A host moderator fields questions or comments from the participants and directs them to the presenter, allowing for group interaction and feedback.

We know how difficult it is to attend every meeting and want to ensure you are able to participate in learning opportunities that help you to stay abreast of the latest technologies, newly-passed regulations and updated processes. As a member of GBTA - Upstate New York, members now have access to GBTA sponsored Webinars with outstanding content!   When registering for a GBTA Webinar, use the promotional code listed on the left side of the page (members will need to login to see code) and a credit will appear for the cost of the event.  Although you will see a zero balance, you must still submit your registration before being sent the Webinar login details.

Benefits of Attendance

What makes a GBTA Webinar such a unique, professional development opportunity? 

    • Cost-effective - Travel is not required - Learn from any computer that can access the Internet 
    • Real-time answers - Industry experts are available to answer your questions
    • Live and interactive - Take advantage of online tools, such as polling and chat
    • Presentations - Receive handouts of the presentation with each registration 



Scholarship Opportunities

GBTA - Upstate New York supports the pursuit of professional certification through the Global Business Travel Association’s programs and educational offerings. Due to our affiliation with GBTA, GBTA Foundation and the CPC (Chapter President’s Council) we are able to offer educational scholarships for a variety of programs in addition to our local scholarships.

GBTA Foundation 

An affiliate of GBTA, the GBTA Foundation, offers several educational scholarship opportunities to a variety of programs, including those listed above and independent studies.

Chapter Presidents Council

CPC scholarship grants are awarded to qualified individuals to pursue involvement in the education programs or membership within the Global Business Travel Association. For more information, see