This new leadership position has been created as part of NBTA's transition to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), which will be completed in 2011. The announcement was made during IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2010 being held this week in Bangkok, where NBTA is presenting an Overview and Forecast of Asia-Pacific Corporate Travel Trends.

NBTA Executive Director & COO, Michael W. McCormick, said, "Mark is a proven, highly effective business leader with deep experience and relationships across the Asian markets that are essential to the future of GBTA, as well as Australia/New Zealand where the association has an established presence as the market-leading organisation. We are thrilled to have him join the NBTA team."

Rizzuto joins NBTA with 30 years of travel industry experience. His work on behalf of the association will draw from his extensive background across multiple countries, travel sectors and roles, including travel management consulting, distribution, technology, account management, marketing, business development, and sales -- for airlines, global distribution systems, tourism commissions and convention bureaus, and consulting firms. His work has delivered results in Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, and India.

He most recently served as Managing Director of Tactical Management Consulting & RMB Consulting. His previous position was Vice President & Managing Director Asia - Hong Kong for Cendant Travel Distribution Services (now Travelport). Earlier positions included management roles at Lumina Marketing/Lumina Technologies' Internet Travel Group, Sabre Pacific, the Western Australia Tourism Commission, the Perth Convention Bureau, and Australian Airlines (Qantas).

Rizzuto will lead NBTA's operations in Australia/New Zealand, and the development of the association's strategy in key Asian markets.