Corporate Travel NBTA-ACTE merger talks apparently on again By Nadine Godwin / August 13, 2009 Share 1 -- Merger talks between the Association of Corporate Travel Executives and the National Business Travel Association are at the point of resuming, judging by a blog entry posted on Thursday by Kevin Maguire, NBTA president.In June, NBTA had been ready to proceed with a merger but ACTE's board turned down the plan flat.But now ACTE has offered a proposal that the organization said would "bring out the best of both and give the industry what it wants." The proposal envisions cobranding for a couple of years and then devising a new name.This time, NBTA is more cautious, however."New developments have raised important questions about ACTE's financial viability and about how the organization does business," Maguire wrote on NBTA's blog. "Most notably, the Professional Convention Management Association pulled out of a previously announced strategic alliance with ACTE, and did so in the midst of PCMA's own due diligence process."NBTA's support of a merger with ACTE has always been contingent upon the completion of due diligence, and this latest development reinforces the need for NBTA to ensure we do not take on major liabilities that would ultimately burden our constituents around the globe," Maguire continued. Plus, Maguire was clearly miffed that ACTE had written a blog entry spelling out the terms of the new ACTE proposal on business travel website The Beat."I'm troubled by the current ACTE leadership's approach to merger 'discussions.' The proposal made last week was sent to reporters before it was sent to NBTA, and we first learned about it from members of the press, not from ACTE. Just as you expect to work with your business partners in good faith, so does NBTA. This 'negotiation-by-press-release' approach does not bode well for a process that should be designed to create new, positive thinking to benefit our industry."Nevertheless, Maguire said NBTA "will give fair consideration to the proposal ... while also keeping in mind the concerns outlined here."ACTE did not return Travel Weekly calls seeking comment.