If the members of the National Business Travel Association are any indication, more corporate travel managers are looking over the wall into the workings of the meeting management department.

For the second time this year, the Alexandria, Va. — based organization for corporate travel managers has published a white paper illuminating meeting issues for their members. In March, its group and meetings committee produced a white paper on strategic meeting management, and this fall a meeting components subcommittee followed up with a paper addressing air and hotel purchasing. The subcommittee also plans to report on issues surrounding ground transportation, requests for proposals, and nonhotel event venues.

The new document, “Critical Meeting Components,” is essentially an air and hotel primer for novice planners, with the stated goal of giving travel managers a “better understanding of the complexity of each of these components” so that they are “educated on the internal resources necessary to deploy these activities and incorporate them into the current travel program, familiar with how to work with suppliers in each of these areas, and more knowledgeable on how to leverage their total travel spend with suppliers.”

While basic, the report covers air and hotel fundamentals from both the meeting manager and supplier perspectives, and sometimes highlights issues at the intersection of the transient business travel and group travel.

To read NBTA's free Critical Meeting Component report or its strategic meeting management white paper, go to www.nbta.org. Click on About NBTA, then on Committees, Task Forces, and then on Groups and Meetings.