Daily News Brief – August 5, 2020

Lobbying for Business Travelers in D.C. Takes on New Challenges These Days

Lobbying for Business Travelers in D.C. Takes on New Challenges These Days

There’s no silver bullet for fixing the fallout from the pandemic, a leading corporate travel lobbyist has warned. Having ensured the “four pillars of travel” — namely airlines, agencies, hotels and ground transportation firms — were represented during the creation of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, Shane Downey is focusing on virus testing and corporate travel liability. It’s a challenge, not least because the heart of the U.S. government remains off-limits. Lobbying isn’t what it used to be. – FEATURES GBTA Continue Reading >>


COVID-19 Updates 

COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker, August 5: WHO Asks Russia to Follow Regulations; Britain Says Won’t Use Russian Vaccine (INDIAN EXPRESS)

How to Safely Reopen Offices: Physical and Behavioral Changes Are Key (FORBES)

Where Are We in Finding a Treatment for COVID-19? (ALJAZEERA)

Glimmer of Hope for Coronavirus Cure as Eli Lilly Antibody Drug Trials Advance (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST)

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

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Industry Spotlight

GBTA Collaboratory 2020 Featured Session:
The Economics of Business Travel Recovery Webinar

All eyes are on when and how the business travel industry will recover. Are there any green shoots emerging that indicate recovery? If so, what do they look like and how will they grow? How has the industry recovered from past shock scenarios such as 9/11 and the economic meltdown of 2008?

Join this webinar to learn about the economics of travel recovery and what its path could likely entail.

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Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s GBTA Academy Webinar
Tech Safari: New Virtual Series

Presented by GBTA Technology Committee, the Tech Safari Series showcases new technologies launching cutting-edge solutions that solve COVID-19 immediate issues and needs. Three companies, identified and vetted by the GBTA Technology Committee, will reveal their new product and/or solution. Panel members will question the technology’s usability in corporate travel, explore the product’s availability, and identify the audience(s) that will benefit from its use. Join us tomorrow, August 6 at 11:00am EST.

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Trending Industry News

Hospitality Industry News

Sabre Renews Strategic, Long-Term Distribution Agreement with Air New Zealand (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Spicejet Announces Option to Book Two Seats or Full Row (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Expedia Group Expands Optimized Distribution for Lodging Partners (HOSPITALITY NET)

Hyatt CEO Says China Offers Proof Hotels Don’t Need a Vaccine to Recover from Coronavirus (YAHOO!)

citizenM Partners with German Project Developer to Find New Locations in Germany’s Top Cities (4HOTELIERS)

Wyndham Looks to Drive Corporate Travel with Newly Expanded Wyndham Direct Program (PR NEWSWIRE)

Meliá Prepares Hotels for the Safe Return to Travel for Meetings and Events (4HOTELIERS)

More Industry News

Business Travel CEOs Urge U.S. Government to Take Action on COVID Testing, Tracing and Data Sharing (PHOCUSWIRE)

Do the Right Thing: Create Event Bubbles by Requiring Negative Tests (EVENT MANAGER BLOG)


GBTA Academy Webinar: Global Evacuations and Repatriations During a Crisis

Friday, August 7 | 11:30am EST

The current COVID-19 pandemic crisis highlights the need for organizations to keep their workforce healthy and safe. In addition, it has exposed the complexities of coordinating the movement of people during a period of severe restrictions. With international border closures and logistical challenges, how do you ensure that you are able to bring your people to safety? Join us to learn from medical and logistics experts from around the globe as they share experiences and real examples from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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GBTA Canada Virtual Happy Hour

Join us for our first-ever GBTA Canada Virtual Happy Hour tomorrow, August 6! The call will be held at two times to accommodate the Eastern and Western Canada time zones. Catch up with your peers for some good conversation and fun!

Eastern Canada: 5:00pm EST / 6:00pm AST

Western Canada: 5:00pm MST / 4:00pm PST

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Canada and United States – Tropical Storm Isaias Weakening as It Tracks Northward toward Quebec

China and Korean Peninsula – Tropical Depression Hagupit Continues to Bring Heavy Rainfall Across Eastern Regions

Denmark – Authorities Update International Entry Restrictions

Lebanon – Officials Declare Two-week State of Emergency Following Powerful Explosion at Port of Beirut

Singapore – Officials to Open Applications for Work, Business Travel

United States – Officials in New York State Release Updates to Mandatory Traveler Quarantine List


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