The Global Business Travel Association has completed the acquisition of key assets of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives.

The GBTA said the move “continued its pledge to unify the industry and help lead business travel out of the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Two former ACTE board members, American Airlines chief customer officer Alison Taylor and Tesla senior manager for global travel and events Steve Sitto, will join the GBTA global board of directors as part of the integration.

Bhart Sarin, president of GBTA, said: “We are beyond thrilled to bring GBTA and ACTE together, creating one home for the thousands of business travel professionals who will collectively bring back business travel bigger and better than ever.”

Dave Hilfman, interim executive director of GBTA, added: “The addition of an amazing brand like ACTE will give GBTA members the absolute best opportunities for education, networking, research and advocacy.

“We look forward to combining the best attributes of both associations with our Ready. Safe. Travel campaign as we continue to advocate for business travel’s path to recovery.”