Founded in 1994, the mission of Business Travel Coalition is to interpret industry and government policies and practices and provide a platform so that the managed travel community can influence issues of strategic importance to their organizations.
With support from CIGNA Corporation and 16 other major corporations, Kevin Mitchell formed the Business Travel Contractors Corporation (BTCC) in 1994 as a corporate buying group to advance fundamental reforms to the airline industry distribution system. The broad industry shift to net airfares and travel agency fee-based pricing during the 1990s are initiatives that BTCC advanced. (See 10-year anniversary article here.) (See 15-year anniversary article here.)
In 1996 BTCC was rebranded as Business Travel Coalition (BTC), an advocacy organization to bring transparency to industry and government policies and practices so that the managed travel community could influence issues of strategic importance to their organizations. BTC represents the interests of the managed travel community in Washington and Brussels and within the travel industry.
As chairman, Kevin Mitchell writes and speaks on airline competition, travel distribution, passenger issues and aviation system security. Mitchell frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress and other governmental bodies in the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, BTC publishes its daily news compendium Travelogue in 80 countries and provides the industry with a variety of business services.
Mitchell was recognized by Business Travel News as one of the 25 most influential travel industry executives for 1994, 1996, 1997 and 2008 and was designated Man of the Year in 1998 by the Commercial Travelers Association and Person of The Year for 1998 and 1999 by Travel Agent Magazine. Mitchell is sought after for commentary on travel industry developments by all manner of news outlets.
Mitchell is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. Mitchell worked for CIGNA Corp. for 12 years where as Vice President, Human Resources and Services his responsibilities included:
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