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NCBTA 2018 Education Day @ Charlotte Douglas International Airport

July 20, 2018
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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Charlotte Douglas International Airport
5601 Wilkinson Blvd. - Eagle Meeting Room
Charlotte, NC 28208
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*4GTP Credits have been awarded for this meeing*

NCBTA's 2018 Education Day will be onsite at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport Offices providing a full day of air related speakers teaching us what happens behind the scenes, what are top airport priorities, what is on the horizon for travelers at one of the nation's busiest airports. 

Additionally, the event will include a limited admission behind the scenes tour of the airport, featuring airport CFO, Mike Hill.
NOTE: The Tour Is Sold Out! 

You must bring a valid (not expired) government issued photo identification with you to tour.


This event is FREE for Directs (Buyers). Please email to register for the day of education. 


In addition to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport tour, we have one more stop...a sneak peak into international service at Charlotte Douglas:

Lufthansa; Europe’s first 5-Star Airline 

Lufthansa is proud to offer a unique opportunity to visit the aircraft that operates our Daily departure to Munich - an Airbus A330. Onboard one of the World’s top airlines, and Europe’s only Premium SkyTrax 5 star rated airline, you will see our Business, Premium Economy and Economy class products. Lufthansa has just been independently rated as Europe’s first and only 5-Star Airline, making it one of the 10 best premium airlines in the world. It’s a success that makes us proud. That’s because this award recognizes the fact that Lufthansa continually works on optimizing its products and enhancing its services on board and on the ground.



Keynote Speaker:

Dave Hilfman
Sr Vice President Worldwide Sales, United

Dave Hilfman is senior vice president of worldwide sales for United.  In this role, Dave is responsible for directing the efforts of a team of over 700 sales professionals who manage sales programs, relationships and revenue with corporations, travel management companies and distributors around the world.

Dave was previously senior vice president of worldwide sales for Continental Airlines from 2004 to 2010.

Dave started his airline career in 1981 with Eastern Airlines as a campus sales representative at the University of South Florida.  He held sales positions of increasing responsibility with Eastern throughout the southeastern United States until joining Continental Airlines in 1986 where he served as regional sales manager in New York City and director of the western sales division based in Los Angeles.  In 1992, Dave moved to the airline's corporate headquarters in Houston, where he held the positions of senior director of the U.S. field sales, vice president of multinational sales and revenue programs and vice president of sales and reservations.

Dave graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in finance.  He's an avid golfer and has one son.

Article in Travel Weekly: Longtime United Sales Executive Hilfman Retiring


Additional Speakers:

Mike Hill, CFO
Charlotte Douglas International Airport



8:00AM - Breakfast & Registration

9:00AM - Welcome and Thank You to Sponsors - United Airlines, Charlotte Douglass International Airport, Wex, Lufthansa, THe Parking Spot, HMS Catering, Home2 by Hilton Charlotte Airport & Auro Hotels

9:15AM - Mike Hill, Charlotte Douglas International Airport Update and Parking Highlights

10:30AM -  Break w/ Snacks

10:45AM -  Darrin Sanchez, Training Specialist with Transportation Security Administration

11:15AM -  Robert Szymkiewicz, Piedmont District Staff Specialist with the Federal Aviation Administration

Noon - Lunch by HMS Host Provided by Charlotte Douglas International Airport

       (Lunchtime Speakers: The Parking Spot & Jennifer Long, Terminal Concessions Manager)

1:00PM - Airline Industry Update - Dave Hilfman, Sr. VP Worldwide Sales, United Airlines

1:45PM - Professional Development Speaker - Theo Schaffer

2:45PM -  Closing Announcements & United Raffle Drawing

3:00PM - Networking & Snacks

3:45PM - 5:30PM - Tour Behind the Scenes of Charlotte Douglas International Airport (followed by Lufthansa Aircraft Tour)


Parking & Arrival Map:

Event Raffle

This year's Education Day raffle will include 2 roundtrip tickets on United Airlines!


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Room Block $114 per night with transportation to and from the meeting

Here is the online booking link: NCBTA. Reservations can also be phoned in to 1-800-445-8667; the block code is NBT and the block is titled NCBTA. The cutoff date is set at July 5th.

Special Note:  This is a non-smoking facility which means smokers will either have to refrain or walk to smoking area at Business Valet.
Parking:   Provided free of charge in the bottom level of the Business Valet Parking Deck in the Employee/Visitor parking area (corner of Wilkinson Blvd & Harlee St).


$75.00 Allied Member Registration (does NOT include tour)
$85.00 after 12:00 am July 17

$100.00 Allied Guest Registration (does NOT include tour)
$110.00 after 12:00 am July 17


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To be Announced