LABTA | Los Angeles Business Travel Association


Member Types


Direct Membership
Allied Membership
Press Membership
Academic Membership
Honorary Membership
Retired Membership

There shall be six classes of membership: Corporate Members (hereinafter referred to as Direct), Vendors (hereinafter referred to as Allied), Press, Academic, Honorary and Retired Members. It is the responsibility of the Board of Directors to ensure a reasonable balance between Direct and Allied members.


Direct Membership

Shall be limited to those persons who have an active involvement in supplier selection, negotiation, and/or management of the business travel program. Their responsibilities should include the supervision, control or accountability of corporate travel.


Allied Membership

Shall be limited to those vendors who are actively involved in selling to the corporate market. Allied members are defined as the direct suppliers of business travel related services such as airline, ground transportation, lodging, and other specialized services that fall under the control and accountability of corporate travel management


Press Membership

shall be limited to any corporation, organization, or individual that is principally engaged in monitoring and reporting as press media. Press members may not vote, hold elective office, or chair any standing or special committee, but they will be eligible to attend meetings and serve on committees with the concurrence of the President.


Academic Membership

shall be limited to any Professor or full-time post-secondary student enrolled in a program at a college, university, or other post-secondary institution which is recognized by the Association leading to a degree or certificate in travel, transportation, or hospitality management, and any student organization which represents such students, is eligible to apply to be an academic member. Academic members may not vote, hold elective office, or chair any standing or special committee, but they will be eligible to attend meetings and serve as an observer on a committee.


Honorary Membership

may be bestowed by the Board of Directors for any individual who has been recognized as having rendered distinguished service to the industry or the Association. Honorary memberships are automatically accorded to individuals upon their retirement, who have served in designated positions, including original founding members of the Association; Past Presidents who served full terms; and past Board of Director members who have served on the board for at least 5 years. Honorary members may not vote, hold elective office, or chair any standing or special committee, but they will be eligible to serve on committees and attend meetings, shall continue on the Association's mailing list, and remain on the annual roster designated as an "Honorary Member." The privilege of this status shall be suspended if an honorary member re-enters the field in a position with any corporation or organization whose employment would make them eligible for membership or who is employed by another firm or individual to solicit or promote a business product or service at any LABTA hosted event(s), or if they engage in such activity on their own behalf. Annual dues shall be waived for Honorary Members.


Retired Membership

May be approved by the Board of Directors for any Direct member in good standing who has retired from full-time employment and is not currently active in a position with any corporation or organization whose employment would make them eligible for membership. Upon leaving their employment, members can request approval from the board of their Retired Membership application. If a Retired Member returns to work in a position with any corporation or organization whose employment would make them eligible for membership, the status of Retired Member will be lost and the individual would need to reapply as a Direct or Allied member. Retired members may not vote, hold elective office, or chair any standing or special committee, but they will be eligible to serve on committees and attend meetings, shall continue on the Association's mailing list, and remain on the annual roster designated as a "Retired Member." Nominal annual dues shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

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