American Express GBT Handles Travel For Canada Games

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

The Canada Summer Games kick-off Saturday in Winnipeg. The nation’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes happens every two years, alternating between winter and summer games.

This time around, American Express Global Business Travel is the travel provider for the Games, and it’s a major effort, as Winnipeg prepares to welcome over 5,000 athletes, coaches and officials and more than 20,000 visitors.

American Express GBT says its staff have been working around the clock for over 12 months to ensure everyone – and their equipment – is present and accounted for when the Games begin.

According to American Express GBT, while they may wear work-out gear instead of business attire, athletes and their support staff are business travellers too.

“With deep experience managing travel for Canada’s business travellers, GBT is well suited to tackle the complex challenge of arranging transportation for Canada’s brightest to the most important business meeting of their lives,” the company says.

Some fast facts about Canada Games travel: 

  • Athletes, coaches and officials are flying in from every province and territory 
  • 66 planes will be chartered to transport athletes to and from the event
  • Approximately 378,000 pounds of sporting equipment will be transported
  •  American Express GBT and Canada Games will work with airlines and airport staff to accommodate para-athletes, while making alternative arrangements for athletes who are unable to fly
  • American Express Global Business Travel will set up on-site for the duration of the event providing 24/7 support 
Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years.

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