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Sandy Dhuyvetter named NBTA international correspondent

Sandy Dhuyvetter named NBTA international correspondent ( (July 22, 2008 – San Diego, CA) – TravelTalkMEDIA announced today that Sandy Dhuyvetter, executive producer and host of TravelTalkMEDIA, RADIO and TV, has been named the National Business Travel Association’s international correspondent for the NBTA International Convention & Exposition to be held in Los Angeles at the end of this month.

The NBTA International Convention and Exposition, widely known as the premier event in business travel, will be held at Los Angeles Convention Center July 27-30, 2008.

As the International Correspondent for NBTA TV, Ms. Dhuyvetter is responsible for highlighting the international participants at the convention and building programming that will inspire the international communities to research further NBTA’s offerings.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Sandy and her great team at TravelTalkMEDIA at this year’s convention and beyond. Their expertise and reach will be a big asset in our efforts to further build our brand globally," said Eric Casey, NBTA senior director of Marcom and Membership.

"I am honored to be named the NBTA International Correspondent for this year’s NBTA International Convention & Exposition," Dhuyvetter said. “The support we have been given by the NBTA in the past years as we brought Bill Connors and his team to our world-wide listeners has been phenomenal."

Earlier this month, TravelTalkMEDIA agreed to produce a new NBTA RADIO branded program. Ms. Dhuyvetter and the TravelTalkMEDIA Team will produce a half-hour NBTA RADIO segment beginning July 27 to be broadcast during the regular TravelTalkRADIO programming on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. EST. The TravelTalkMEDIA Team will broadcast live from the NBTA event in Los Angeles during the convention and will also produce additional NBTA programming for future use on NBTA RADIO and TV.

Dhuyvetter said, “The NBTA has been successfully building its brand in Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia region and Mexico, and we feel it’s a perfect time to combine good brands like the NBTA and the expertise and international reach of the TravelTalkMEDIA team. Our hats are off to the NBTA – they are leading the way as they bring rich media to the annual convention this year.

"NBTA RADIO and NBTA TV will give listeners and viewers another opportunity to connect with the business travel experts of the show. We see this trend in radio and TV as we archive programming. Now we are seeing more organizations ‘capturing and archiving’ the rich educational sessions and powerfully-informative speakers at their conventions and conferences," Dhuyvetter added. “This makes the event so much more accessible than just letting all that invaluable content just go out into the ether when the expo is over."

According to Patrick Peartree, TravelTalkMEDIA’s Vice President, the, “NBTA is truly a visionary organization and is wrapping its arms firmly around the strategic use of new media in launching NBTA RADIO and NBTA TV and naming Sandy as its international correspondent is nothing short of brilliant."

Mr. Peartree added, “Sandy has been at the forefront of the move to rich media - aka Web 2.0 - since founding TravelTalkRADIO in August 2001. Her long-standing global reputation as a travel expert, together with her deep understanding of the Internet since it first became available for commercial use in 1993, have given TravelTalkMEDIA, and now NBTA, a distinct advantage. Sandy understands how the convergence of media works. She has successfully brought all the traditional media forms of print, radio and TV to the Web at"

About the future, Peartree said, “With the launch of NBTA Radio, the messages of this fine organization and its members will be readily available 24x7x365 worldwide for education, personnel development and member improvement and motivation. You can also clearly see the marketing and promotional opportunities that NBTA RADIO and TV will afford. This is how the global business travel community will work and share knowledge in the 21st century and this is the beauty of New Media. Accessible on demand and ubiquitous. We are delighted with this announcement and look forward to NBTA RADIO and TV becoming the voice of international business travel."

About the 2008 NBTA International Convention & Exposition:
Widely recognized as the must-attend event for business travel buyers, suppliers, industry leaders and business travel journalists, the 2008 NBTA International Convention & Exposition will be held in Los Angeles from July 27-30. More than 6,500 travel professionals are expected to take advantage of the convention’s programming, designed to empower attendees to maximize value for their companies, including more than 40 seminars on the most important topics in business travel, more than 400 companies exhibiting in the Expo and countless opportunities for networking with peers. For details, visit

About NBTA:
The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) is the world’s premier business travel organization. U.S.-based NBTA and its regional subsidiaries – NBTA Asia Pacific, NBTA Canada and NBTA Mexico – serve more than 4,100 members in 30 nations around the globe. NBTA has 41 U.S. Chapters with more than 5,000 members. NBTA members are corporate and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, who collectively manage and direct more than US$170 billion of global business travel expenditures annually. The association provides industry-leading networking, education & professional development, research, news & information, and advocacy. For more information, visit

About TravelTalkMEDIA:
TravelTalkMEDIA, established in 2001, is one of the world’s largest travel industry new media companies, providing travel-related information, news, and entertainment to the travel and tourism industry worldwide. TravelTalkMEDIA broadcasts through its TravelTalkRADIO and TravelTalkTV subsidiaries. Programming is distributed to one million listeners in 130 countries each month through online and conventional radio distribution via satellite and cable. Radio broadcasting reaches listeners through distribution networks in North America, the UK, China and 22 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. TravelTalkNEWSLETTER is distributed to 25,000 travel industry professionals and consumers each week. TravelTalkRADIO reaches millions of listeners around the globe each month. For sponsors, TravelTalkMEDIA utilizes state-of-the-art technology to distribute sponsor-specific information to 250,000 travel industry professionals, travel agents, travel journalists and travel consumers. In addition, TravelTalkMEDIA utilizes a global media system (newspapers, magazines, wire services, and websites) to distribute information on sponsors to 1,500 U.S. and international media companies. For more information, visit TTM online at

Nick Gosling
Tel: (760) 753-1114
Fax: (760) 753-7311

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