On the theme of 'Sustainable Travel in a Changing World', Act TravelWise held its Annual Conference & AGM on 17 January 2017 in Birmingham, which was very successful and lots of positive feedback was received from the 120 delegates. SYSTRA (formerly JMP) was the main sponsor, along with WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff and Motion. Six sessions throughout the day (as numbered below) covered various aspects of how we as transport/travel practitioners should adapt to a changing world. The conference also helped build momentum for the two Act TravelWise sector-specific forums, one focused on NHS sites and the other on travel issues for businesses.

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The next Act TravelWise Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 17 January 2017 at 5:15 pm at Macdonald Burlington Hotel, 126 New St, Birmingham B2 4JQ Birmingham. All current Act TravelWise members are welcome to attend the AGM along with the Annual Conference held throughout the same day.

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A big thanks to the 30 respondents to our 2016 member survey, which included lots of useful positive and constructive feedback that will go into improving the membership offer and activities in 2017. The survey responses also helped by providing lots of evidence to underpin plans for 2017.

For example, the lack of activity in some regions is being addressed by re-starting regional groups and regional meetings, which is already well underway. It was also very useful to receive feedback on the types of training that members are looking for. This will feed into the 2017 event programme.

The member survey will also provide an insight on changes in satisfaction levels from year to year, as it will be repeated annually and compared to the results from previous years. Thanks again to those who took part. A summary report will be made available on this page in the new year.

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Act TravelWise will shortly be launching a national Business Travel Forum. It will be a forum for business actively engaged in delivering sustainable travel solutions for their staff, visitors and those delivering to and servicing their premises. This will facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skills and best practice.

Act TravelWise is looking for expressions of interest from organisations who would like to be part of shaping the scope and direction of the Forum. The Forum will be open to all private organisations irrespective of sector and size. Those in the public sector and transport consultancies are very welcome to nominate organisations that are likely to be interested in joining the Forum.

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