Daily News Brief – April 5, 2021

GBTA Hails New CDC Guidelines as Huge Step Forward for Business Travel

GBTA Hails New CDC Guidelines as Huge Step Forward for Business Travel

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s largest business travel association and worldwide leader in advocacy for the industry, hails today’s updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that fully vaccinated people can resume travel at low risk to themselves. As part of today’s highly anticipated update, the CDC’s decision also eliminates some testing and quarantine recommendations for travelers who are fully vaccinated.


COVID-19 News 

COVID-19 Cases Drop. Vaccine Distribution Picks Up. How Open Is America? (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL)

Coronavirus Latest News: Boris Johnson to Unveil Plan to Lift England’s Lockdown and Relaunch International Travel (THE TELEGRAPH)

Pfizer COVID Vaccine Is 91% Effective in Updated Data, Protective Against South African Variant (CNBC)

Professional Development 

Take the Next Step in Your Career Development:
Register Today for The Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™

This course builds off of the Fundamentals curriculum to aid business travel professionals in increasing their knowledge of the industry while also expanding on their professional skills. This course is designed for travel buyers overseeing a managed business travel program and suppliers offering travel-related products and services. Please note this is a virtual event.

Deadline to Register is April 23.

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Scholarships Now Available!

The new GBTA Academy Global Scholarship Program is designed to make education accessible for hundreds of members by offering financial assistance. As a result, GBTA members will have increased access to valuable educational opportunities during this challenging time in our industry due to the pandemic.

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Industry Webinar 

Don’t Miss Next Month’s Webinar Highlighting New Research:
Travel Managers Reveal All About Booking Technology

May 4 | 11:00 AM EDT The rise of the internet revolutionized how people shop for travel. Today, managed travel programs almost universally use corporate online booking tools (OBTs). This webinar will present findings from a recent GBTA study about corporate booking technology.

Key topics include:

  • Coronavirus: How has Covid-19 changed business travel booking?
  • Priorities: What are the most important factors when selecting an OBT? What do travel managers view as strengths and pain points with their primary OBT?
  • Innovation: How do travel managers feel about booking-related innovations such as AI-powered personalized options and automated chat?
  • Mobile: Do travel programs offer mobile booking? Are they satisfied with mobile booking tools?

David Grace, President, Deem
Mark Sharoff, Senior Research Analyst, GBTA


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Made possible by

Global Meeting Industry Day
The Return to Face-to-Face Meetings: COVID Safety Best Practice and Trends
Presented by the European and US Meeting/Events Committees

Thursday, April 8, 9:30 AM EST / 3:30pm CET

As markets start to re-open on both sides of the Atlantic, now is the time to discuss the future of meetings. Join members of the European and US Meetings Committees as they share perspectives on how buyers will safely transition from virtual-only to hybrid and face-to-face meetings and events. The discussion will also include a variety of timely updates to include the emerging role of testing, vaccination passports, and the evolving challenges and opportunities of planning and hosting domestic and international events.

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Become a Ready. Safe. Travel. Specialist This May
Register Today for GBTA’s Ready. Safe. Travel. Training Program!

In this 4-week, virtual, industry-wide training program, all levels of business travel professionals unite, educate and engage buyers and suppliers alike. Register today to learn how to transition business travel, meetings, and its practices beyond the pandemic. and become a Ready. Safe. Travel. Specialist.

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Job Board 

Business Travel Jobs Postings

Meeting Sales and Logistics Coordinator
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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Global Security and Travel Management Senior Manager in Italy
Parma, Italy
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Global Travel Category Manager
Fremont, California, United States
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Is Your Company Hiring?

Use the GBTA Career Center to post your business travel job openings and access thousands of qualified industry professionals looking to make their next career move.

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Trending Industry News 

Aviation Industry News

UK Airlines Push for Reopening of International Travel (SIMPLE FLYING)

Delta Cancels Over 100 Flights, 11 at Detroit Metro Airport, Opens Some Middle Seats (DETROIT NEWS)

Italy Has a New Airline: EGO Airways Operates Maiden Flight (SIMPLE FLYING)

Abu Dhabi Updates Inbound Passenger Green List (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Frontier’s CEO Says His Airline Is the Greenest in America (SIMPLE FLYING)

Hospitality Industry News

U.S. Hotel Profitability Hits Pandemic High (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

How Can GBTA Help Solve Your Industry Challenge(s)?

Submit a question or challenge and help shape future programming provided by GBTA.

Your feedback helps to shape future programming provided by GBTA to our members and the business travel industry.

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Upcoming Events 

GBTA Canada Town Hall
April 7 | 2:00 PM EDT
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Career Builder from GBTA in Partnership with Dr. Lucy Rattrie
April 12
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GBTA Europe Town Hall
April 15 | 2:00 PM GMT
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North American Airports: Are You Ready? We’re Ready! Presented by the GBTA Aviation Committee
April 13 | 1-2 PM ET
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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief 

Indonesia – Category-1 Tropical Cyclone Seroja Tracks West-southwestwards over Savu Sea Near Sumba

Mexico – Increased Volcanic Activity at Popocatepetl Volcano Near Puebla

United Kingdom – Further Unionist Protests Likely in Northern Ireland Following Violent Incidents April 2-3

United States – Officials in Pennsylvania to Ease Certain COVID-19 Business and Gathering Restrictions

United States – Evacuations Ordered Near Piney Point in Manatee County, Florida, amid Possible Flooding

COVID-19 Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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