Daily News Brief – August 14, 2020

The Risk of Catching COVID-19 in a Hotel Room Is Very Low If It's Properly Cleaned, Experts Say

The Risk of Catching COVID-19 in a Hotel Room Is Very Low If It’s Properly Cleaned, Experts Say

Sharing beds, silverware, and showers with strangers during a pandemic is understandably scary. That makes staying overnight in a hotel a no-no for many people these days. But according to two experts, the risk of catching COVID-19 during a hotel stay is low — as long as the rooms have been thoroughly cleaned. Continue Reading >>

COVID-19 Updates 

Utah’s New Coronavirus Cases, Hospitalizations Continue to Decline (THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE)

Coronavirus Tracker: California Surpasses 600,000 Cases; Marks Ninth Day of Decline in Hospitalizations, as of Aug. 13 (OC REGISTER)

Coronavirus Vaccine: UK Signs Deals for 90 Million Virus Vaccine Doses (BBC)

Germany ‘Optimistic’ about Having Coronavirus Vaccine Soon (DW.COM)

More Helpful Articles/Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

More Resources


Industry Spotlight 

GBTA Collaboratory 2020

The GBTA Collaboratory launched this week with insightful discussions from different viewpoints regarding the path to the business travel industry’s recovery.

The GBTA Collaboratory webinar series will continue over the next 10 weeks and will provide global perspectives, best practices, expert insight, and actionable takeaways to address the issues facing the business travel industry. Attendees of the series will experience strategic, informative, and solution-focused dialogue between panelists made up of business leaders, GBTA committees and volunteers, sponsors, and industry experts.

Mark Your Calendars!

  • August 24 – 28: Procurement / Sourcing: Buyer & Supplier Relationship
  • August 31- September 4: Stakeholder Management: Travel Policy
  • September 14 – 18: Virtual Payment and Touchless Travel Experience

Learn More >>


Save the Date for the Next GBTA Canada Town Hall!
Wednesday, August 19

2:00 PM EST

Join us for our next GBTA Canada Town Hall Call, intended to share information, tools and resources to support our community through these difficult times.

Learn More and RSVP Today >>

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Aviation Industry News

Qatar Airways to Resume Flights from Gatwick (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

IATA Urges Coordinated Lifting of Europe’s Border Restrictions (TRAVEL WEEKLY)

Dubai Airport Is Now Using Dogs to Sniff Out COVID-19 (SIMPLE FLYING)

Munich Airport’s Network Is Growing Again – Currently 140 Non-Stop Destinations (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

More Industry News

Global Business Travel Will Not Be Killed Off by Coronavirus – New Research (YAHOO!)

New Google Search Features Make It Easier to Find COVID-19 Travel Updates (FORBES)

Domestic Business Travel Continues to Trend Toward Recovery (HOSPITALITY NET)


GBTA member companies worldwide report an emerging willingness to permit employees to engage in domestic business travel, according to the latest poll conducted between August 5-9, 2020. Continue Reading >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Canada and United States – Severe Weather and Possible Flooding Forecast Across Multiple Regions Through at Least Early Aug. 16

Europe – Daily Rounds of Storms Containing Heavy Rain and Strong Winds to Persist Across Multiple Countries Through at Least Aug. 17

Indonesia – Authorities Continue to Adjust Restrictions, Including Large-scale Social Distancing Measures in Some Areas

United Kingdom – Authorities Place Quarantine Measures on Additional Countries

United States – Officials in Ohio Update Travel Restrictions List

United States – Police to Maintain Heightened Security Measures in Downtown Chicago, Ill.


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