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COVID-19 Testing is Critical to Restart Travel Safely:

GBTA Urges the EU to Boost Testing Capabilities
Brussels, Belgium (29 July 2020) – As the travel industry braces for a second Covid-19 wave, GBTA, the Global Business Travel Association, calls for widening testing capabilities and requirements across the EU as a better alternative to blanket travel restrictions.   “Sudden and unilateral shifts in government response, such as…

Global Business Travel Association Statement Regarding Scott Solombrino

Alexandria, VA — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) announced today that the third-party investigation into professional work conduct allegations against Scott Solombrino, GBTA’s CEO, has concluded no misconduct or legal wrongdoing on his part. In a statement, GBTA’s Board of Directors reported that they received an anonymous letter asserting troubling…

Returning to Operations in a COVID-19 World

The Following Post Is Written by Wendy Stachowiak, VP of Global Travel Partnerships at International SOS and Vice Chair of the GBTA Risk Committee.
As the United States begins to open up during the COVID-19 pandemic, going back to “normal” will require a lot of thought and strategic planning. The new “normal” may be quite different than what we knew in times before COVID-19. It is important for organizations to have a plan to…

Companies Better Beware When it Comes to GDPR

The European Union last week imposed fines on two major travel companies under its privacy and data protection law, which went into effect a year ago. Marriott International, the largest hotel company in the world, and British Airways were both ordered to pay millions of dollars in fines under the…

Week in Review

Concerns are emerging that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is not protecting traveler data after conducting searches of electronic devices, Skift notes. Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy is acquiring luxury hotel group Belmond in a $3.2 billion USD deal, CNBC reports. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2019. Also on the acquisition front, Phocuswire notes Google…

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