CWT has rejoined the GBTA a year after leaving the association.
The TMC withdrew its membership in June 2020 while an investigation was taking place into alleged misconduct by the GBTA’s CEO Scott Solombrino, who later left to pursue other opportunities.
The third-party investigation concluded that no misconduct or legal wrongdoing had taken place but the association said both parties had decided it was time for Solombrino to go.
After his departure, the GBTA enlisted the help of a consulting group, MCI USA, to provide a “360-degree organisational and operations audit” designed to reset the association and ensure its success in the wake of the pandemic.
In a statement, CWT said it has rejoined to work with the GBTA to “further augment its customer and supplier needs as the industry recalibrates for safe and sustainable post-pandemic business travel”.
“Now, more than ever, our industry must stand together to serve corporate travellers the world over as the post-pandemic return to travel gains momentum and I am excited about the potential of our new partnership with GBTA,” said Michelle McKinney Frymire, who was appointed CWT’s CEO in May.
“We look forward to playing an active role at GBTA events and meetings, and in various joint industry research initiatives.”
Suzanne Neufang, CEO GBTA, said: “We are delighted that CWT has taken the decision to rejoin GBTA at this crucial time for our industry, as we return to business travel. Collaboration and thought leadership is such an important element of the association, and it’s vital to have representatives from a global TMC such as CWT.”