Meeting/Event Information

NCBTA 2018 Gala-Casino Night w/ Education Breakfast

November 15, 2018 6:00 PM to November 16, 2018 12:00 PM
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Marriott Research Triangle Park
4700 Guardian Dr
Durham, NC 27703
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Invite a friend, family member, loved one or co-worker (BOGO) and join NCBTA for an amazingly fun evening of entertainment and networking during our November 15th Take Me to Vegas Gala and Auction followed by a full morning of educational content on November 16th at the Marriott RTP.


This year, we are going to be raising money towards 2019 events and scholarship fund with separate opportunities to assist charity.

Bring $15 worth of items from the Wish List below and receive a bonus raffle ticket at the Gala

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from The Parking Spot, NCBTA will be providing a catered dinner for the patients, families and staff of the Caring House.

Founded in 1992, Caring House provides comfortable, supportive, and affordable housing to Duke Cancer Institute adult outpatients and their caregivers. It is a 12,900 square foot home that has 18 private rooms, each with a private bath, phone, television, and DVD player. 

Caring House Quick Facts:

  • Average length of stay for a guest:  4-6 weeks
  • Cost per night per room for guests:  $40 (Actual cost per night per room at Caring House: $82. All rooms are subsidized by at least 60%.)
  • Room amenities: 18 guest rooms are equipped with cable TV, DVD player, linens, telephone, wireless internet
  • Common areas include: fully-equipped kitchen, great room, library, exercise equipment, dining room, screened porch, healing garden, patio and water garden
  • Activities available for no additional cost to guests: healing arts programs, specialty massage, and music therapy, yoga, and more!
  • Grocery Items
  • Bottled water
  • Chef Boyardee Microwave pasta
  • Chips, cookies, crackers, pretzels (individual packages)
  • Canned tuna fish & chicken
  • Coffee (ground regular and decaf)
  • Fruit cups (individual servings)
  • Gift cards for Wal-Mart, Target, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, etc.
  • Granola bars, nabs, other grab-n-go snacks
  • Jello, pudding cups (individual servings) ?
  • Sugar, coffee creamer, artificial sweetener
  • Cooking Oil
  • Salt and pepper shakers (individual size)
  • Baking Soda (fridge/freezer odor control boxes)
  • Household Goods
  • Ajax, Comet, or Scrubbing Bubbles Cleanser
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Ziplock bags (gallon, quart, sandwich size)
  • Kitchen trash bags (13 gallon drawstring)
  • 60 watt energy efficient light bulbs
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Laundry detergent, liquid bleach
  • Napkins Paper/Plastic disposable plates
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Plastic forks and spoons
  • Napkins ? Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
  • Toilet paper
  • 15 gallon size trash bags (clear)
  • Hotel-size bars of soap



Registration Costs:

Direct & Guest Buyers (Member or Non-Member) -  Free + one (1) guest *Email for registration(include name & email of guest)

Suppliers (Members or Non-Member Gala and Education Breakfast) – $150 for 2 registrations

Suppliers (Member or Non-Member Education Breakfast Only) - $75 single registration


Thursday November 15th
The November 15th evening event will consist of:

  • Happy Hour with Appetizers
  • Elegant Buffet
  • Live Band Entertainment provided by “The Mulligans”
  • 2 Drink Tickets with For-Purchase Bar
  • Casino Table Games
  • Photo Booth
  • Bidding for Good Virtual Auction local hotel stays, etc.
  • Silent Auction Onsite tangible mid-range items (gift certificates, art work, autographs, spa packages, etc.)
  • High-End Vacation & Entertainment Packages DrawingsAA Miles, Asheville Weekend, Airline Tickets, Corvette for the Weekend, etc. ($20/entry – virtual attendees can win as well)



Event Item

5:30 – 6:30pm

Registration Open - Happy Hour with Appetizers

6:30 – 7:15pm

Dinner Buffet

7:00 – 10:00pm

Entertainment with The Mulligans, Casino Table Games, Photo Booth

7:15 – 8:00pm


6:30 – 9:00pm

Silent Auction


Bidding for Good Site Closes

9:30– 9:45pm


9:45 – 10:00pm

Closing Announcements


Friday November 16th
The November 16th Breakfast and Education Sessions will consist of:

  • Hot Breakfast Buffet with Platinum Sponsor Speaker American Airlines
  • Travel & Expense Expert Panel – GBTA GoldSpring Consulting Hot Topics Panel
  • Professional Development Speaker – travel industry focused professional education session with Alon Zaibert
  • Charity Activity – we are asking for a buyer organization to help sponsor and select the best charity activity for this event. Please see more about this below. 



Event Item

9:00 – 9:55am

Breakfast Buffet with American Airlines Platinum Sponsor Speaker

10:00 – 10:45am

Travel & Expense Expert Panel – What Should Be Top Considerations for Your 2019 Travel & Expense Program?


10:45 – 11:45am

Professional Development SpeakerAlon Zaibert

Emotional Relevance in the Corporate Travel World

11:45am – 12:30pm

Charity Activity, Snack & Closing Announcements


Panel Discussion 

How Are Suppliers Best Positioned to Deliver

on GBTA Convention's Hottest Topics?


Dots & Lines Consulting industry expert Mark Williams will moderate this panel focused on the top trends of 2018's GBTA Convention and how suppliers are best positioned to deliver on them now and into 2019.


We will be joined by panelists:

John Tingle - American Airlines

Amy Heiskell - Concord Hospitality Enterprises

Brian Bostic - Enterprise National

Chris Hardimon - Wex Payment Solutions



Professional Development Speaker

Emotional Relevance in the Corporate Travel World

Alon Zaibert - Travel Leaders Corporate

What is Emotional Relevance? How does it impact our lives as people? Why do we need to be aware of it? What’s the implication of Emotional Relevance in the Corporate Travel world?

We will go through an emotional and interactive ride through some real experiences, understand how to reach the part of the brain that operates on the emotional level and recognize the relevant touchpoints with our travelers during this emotional experience called Corporate Travel.


How Can You Help?

Donations - We need help to get donations for hotel or vacation rental stays (local and outside NC), restaurant gift certificates, entertainment tickets or experiences (sports, arts, family, etc.), airline tickets, car rental certificates, art, autographs, or anything else you think would help the cause. Please refer to the attached donor form to submit an item. Or you can click this link and enter your item into the Bidding For Good site.  


Sponsors – There are further sponsor opportunities for both suppliers and buyers to assist in the following areas:


  • Silver Sponsorships - ($1000 each with 3 remaining)
  • The Mulligans Band Sponsorship - ($750)
  • Photo Booth Sponsor - ($750) SOLD
  • Charity Activity Sponsor - ($500 - Pay for December 13th Catered Meal for Caring House)
  • Casino Table Sponsors - ($250/table – 5 remaining)


Please email Allyson Cross at and/or to find out more about these sponsorship inclusions.


Bid on Items Mobile URL:


Go to Bidding For Good (link above) beginning NOVEMBER 8TH to bid online up until 9pm the night of the Gala.
Not all items will be online. There will be many awesome items for the silent auction on available to attendees.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at Gala for airline tickets and hotel packges.

These are some of the awesome items donated:

200,000 Miles on American Airlines
2 round trip tickets on United Airlines
4 one way tickets on Southwest

Ultimate Asheville Getaway: 2 nights at Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown w/2tickets to Biltmore Estate, $50 Gift Card to Montford Rooftop bar, Wine Popcorn & Coffee
1 night at Proximity Hotel in Loft King room with chocolate truffles, bottle of wine, bicycle rentals, romantic room turndown & candles, Greensboro NC

1 night at Fearington House with breakfast for 2, Pittsboro NC
2 nights at AC Hotels NYC Downtown
2 nights at Hyatt Centric Miami South Beach
2 night weekend at Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley w/breakfast for 2, $100 Macy's shopping spree
1 night at Renaissnace Raleigh North Hills w/breakfast for 2 at 41Hundred Restaurant
1 night at Cambria Hotel Washing DC Convention Center
1 night at Tru by Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport
1 night at Omni Hotel - Jacksonville, FL
1 night at Drury Inn
1 night at Hampton Inn Jacksonville FL Downtown
1 night weekend w/breakfast for 2 at Sheraton Charlotte Airport
2 night weekend at Hilton Raleigh North Hills w/breakfast for 2
2 nights with breakfast for 2 at Doubletree Southpark
2 night stay Holiday Inn University Charlotte
1 night stay w/Valet Parking Raleigh Marriott City Center, Raleigh NC
2 - 1 night stay certificates La Quinta Inn & Suites (anywhere in USA)
2 night weekend stay La Meridien (Charlotte, NC) with dinner for 2 in Evoke($100) & $25 for CityLights Roof Top Bar
2 night weekend stay w/breakfast The Westin, Charlotte NC
1 night w/breakfast at The Ballantyne Hotel
1 night stay Hyatt Regency Riverfront, Jacksonville FL

$100 Gift Card to Asbury at The Historic Dunhill Hotel. Charlotte, NC
$300 Gift Card to Rey's Steakhouse in Raleigh/Cary NC
$50 Gift Card to The Stanley, Charlotte NC

Carolina Panthers Mini Helmet signed by wide receiver, D. Moore
Nascar Joe Gibbs Racing Helmet - signed
Clean Juice $150 gift card, shirts & mug with $1 refills for life
Gift Basket from William Sonoma
Gift Basket from Rodan & Fields
Gift Basket from Scentsy
Mary Kay Time Wise Gift Set
Burt's Bees Baby Deluxe Gift Basket
Burt's Bees Makeup Bundle "All You Need"

Fishing Guide Service Gift Certificate - Lake Norman NC
Off Broadway Shoes Gift Certificates 2 worth $250 each
Rackroom Shoes Gift Certificate 2 worth $250 each
5 day rental from National Car Rentals
National's Emerald Club Executive Elite Membership
1 Year Membership in Avis President's Club

Diamonds Direct $250 Gift Card

5 prints each of a North Carolina City by Carrie Richardson Fry, Durham NC
2 prints by Cotton Ketchie

Bose Bluetooth Headphones

2 Courtside tickets to Charlotte Hornets game on Jan 2nd or Jan17 with food, drinks & possible "high fives" from the players
Nascar Hall of Fame passes (4)
Carowinds Season Passes (4)
Durham Bulls Baseball 4 tickets to one game
Charlotte Knight's VIP Pkg(home plate club) 2 tickets with Parking
Corvette Rental for the Weekend - Enterprise

1 year Allied Membership to NCBTA
1 year Direct (Buyer) Membership to NCBTA


Music Entertainment Provided By:

The Mulligans - Cover Band

Music Samples Available Here:


Casino Entertainment Provided By:



Event Sponsors:


Location Sponsor 

Marriott RTP


Room Block Information:

Start date: 11/15/18
End date: 11/16/18
Last day to book: 11/1/18

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

Marriott at Research Triangle Park  for 129.00 USD  per night

Click here to: Book your group rate for NC Business Travel



Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors


Photo Booth Sponsor

Charity Sponsor


Table Sponsors




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$150.00 Supplier Member - NCBTA Gala and Education Breakfast Registration for Two (2) - (BOGO)
$170.00 after 12:00 am November 12

$150.00 Supplier Non Member - NCBTA Gala and Education Breakfast Registration for Two (2) - (BOGO)
$170.00 after 12:00 am November 12

$75.00 Supplier Member - Education Breakfast Registration for One (1)
$85.00 after 12:00 am November 12

$75.00 Supplier Non Member - Education Breakfast Registration for One (1)
$85.00 after 12:00 am November 12

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