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…

Week in Review

On March 1, 2019 in Aviation, Travel Trends by Marianne Varkiani
Flights between Southeast Asia and Europe were disrupted this week due to the closure of Pakistan’s air space, Business Traveller reports. According to Khaleej Times, Pakistan has reopened its airspace with some restrictions. Customer details were stolen from an Amadeus distributor in India, Phocuswire notes. A company employee of Resbird Technologies illegally took identifying information from a number of passenger…

Podcast: Sneak Preview – Education Content to Expect at GBTA Convention 2019

On March 1, 2019 in GBTA Podcast by Colleen Gallagher
Today’s episode of The Business of Travel provides you with an early preview of key themes you can expect from education content at GBTA Convention 2019. Amanda Cecil, GBTA’s Senior Vice President of Professional Development and Research, covers what is on tap for education from start to finish at Convention this summer in Chicago. She…

WINiT Coming to GBTA Conference 2019 – Toronto

Canadian Olympic Gold Medal Winning Women’s Hockey Coach Danièle Sauvageau to Deliver Keynote at WINiT at GBTA Conference 2019 – Toronto
Alexandria, VA (February 28, 2019) –WINiT, a business unit of GBTA focused on driving positive change for the career mobility of women in the travel-related industries, today announced Danièle Sauvageau as the featured keynote speaker at WINiT at GBTA Conference 2019 – Toronto, taking place April 15, 2019 at the…

WINiT by GBTA to Debut Educational Content at GBTA Conference 2019 – Mexico City

Author and Consultant Terri Sjodin to Serve as Keynote Speaker
Alexandria, VA (February 27, 2019) –WINiT, a business unit of GBTA focused on driving positive change for the career mobility of women in the travel-related industries, will host a two-part education session at GBTA Conference 2019 – Mexico City which takes place March 19 – 21. Five-time author and Principal and Founder of…

Week in Review

On February 22, 2019 in Advocacy, Aviation, Travel Trends by Marianne Varkiani
Carlson Wagonlit Travel officially changed its name to CWT, revealing a new logo and brand identity in the process, HotelMarketing’com notes. In the same vein, AccorHotels rebranded as Accor. According to Skift, Accor will be spending $255 million on a new loyalty program called ALL, which stands for “Accor Live Limitless”. On the acquisition front, HotelMarketing’com reports Best…

Podcast: GDPR: Where Are We Now?

On February 22, 2019 in GBTA Podcast by Colleen Gallagher
On today’s episode of The Business of Travel, we take a look at GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation that went into effect in the EU on May 25, 2018. The legislation has a goal of strengthening the collection, transfer and protection of data of EU citizens. First up, GBTA Senior…

Majority of Organizations Fail to Conduct Formal Risk Assessment for Every Meeting

New Research Reveals Room for Improvement in Meetings & Events Risk Management
Alexandria, VA (February 20, 2019) – A majority of travel buyers (62 percent) say risk management of meetings and events is a growing priority for their organization, according to new research out today from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) in partnership with WorldAware. Current efforts are lacking, however, as companies…
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