The annual Masters Program conference has been closed to the media, according to a National Business Travel Association spokesperson. "Executives who attend The Masters Program will be able to engage in a more frank and open dialog without concerns of being quoted," the official wrote.
Asked whether the organization would request that attendees do not tweet or blog about the conference, the spokesperson indicated, "?NBTA will cover the event internally, and registered participants will receive further instructions."
Previously a partner in the event, NBTA in August announced it had acquired full ownership
of the Masters Program, and committed to transforming the 18 year-old event held in Washington "into a global thought-leadership forum for C-level and senior executives and a think tank for the travel industry."
The Masters Program press policy in recent years held that reporters were "not permitted" to ask questions during sessions.