Daily News Brief – December 10, 2020

Video Contest Ends Tomorrow: Enter to Win a $1,000 GBTA Scholarship

Do you want to win a $1,000 GBTA scholarship to use towards your Convention 2021 registration, or maybe one of the many educational sessions GBTA offers?

If so, you have until tomorrow, December 11 to enter our “Ready. Safe. Travel.” video contest.

GBTA launched the “Ready. Safe. Travel.” campaign last month to bring attention to the fact that our industry represents millions of jobs and $1.45 trillion dollars globally and to push for a safe return to business travel.

Grab your smartphone and shoot an informal, fun 15-30 second video saying what “Ready. Safe. Travel.” means to you. When you submit your video by this Friday, you’re automatically entered to win one of the $1,000 GBTA scholarships – it’s that simple.

Learn More and Get Started >>

Questions? Email [email protected] (no video submissions will be accepted through this email address).


COVID-19 News

Canada Approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (INQUIRER)


GBTA Collaboratory Highlights
Register Now for Tomorrow’s Collaboratory Webinar:
Tech Safari: A New Virtual Series – Part III

Friday, December 11 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

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. Participants will leave this webinar with new technology solutions to aid in the return to safe travel. Contact information will be provided for each company/solution.

The new technologies/companies featured in this session:

  • Colibri by Agile Intelligence Solutions
  • DVI
  • Volara


Nicole Gruschow, Hotel – North America, Global Supplier Partnerships, American Express GBT


  • Michael Daly, Vice President of Sales, Serko Limited
  • Tanya Pineo, Senior Global Travel Program Manager, Intuit
  • Ed Silver, Co-Founder, Travel Again

** The GBTA Technology Committee is available to GBTA members as a trusted resource.

Register Now >>


Join GBTA’s Dave Hilfman and Amadeus’ Arlene Coyle for the Final GBTA Collaboratory Webinar of 2020

Women in Technology

Monday, December 14 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

According to McKinsey & Company, a reputable global consulting firm, companies with the largest representation of women on executive committees perform significantly better than companies with no women at the top. Did you also know that women make 70% of all travel-buying decisions? Therefore, it only makes sense that travel companies would benefit from a leadership team mirroring their greatest consumer. Connect with us to hear Arlene Coyle, a senior executive in travel technology at Amadeus, discuss her career journey and the importance of women securing influential leadership roles.


  • Dave Hilfman, Interim Executive Director, GBTA
  • Arlene Coyle, Vice President, Commercial Corporations, Amadeus Travel Channels

Register Now >>

December 8-14 Collaboratory Webinars Made Possible by ChromeRiver


 Industry Spotlight
GBTA Needs Your Input – Take the Latest GBTA Coronavirus Poll

GBTA has launched our latest coronavirus poll. This poll includes several new questions that will inform our advocacy efforts worldwide. Everyone is encouraged to participate! Results will be posted on the GBTA website and available to members and non-members.

Take the Poll >>


Job Board
Senior Sales Manager
Hollywood, FL

The Senior Sales Manager is responsible for development, solicitation, maintenance of accounts in assigned market segments to meet or exceed budgeted goals, and for the management of all aspects of the Sales department in accordance with hotel standards. This position supports two Florida hotels in the portfolio.

Apply Now >>


Trending Industry News

Top Story

GBTA Calls for a Coordinated Approach to Restore Safe Travels (GBTA BLOG)

Aviation Industry News

Air Canada Launches Biometric Boarding (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Expect Mandatory Vaccinations for Asia Travel, Says Air Asia CEO (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Airline Offers Are About to Get Smarter and More Personalized (SKIFT)

Hospitality Industry News

Travelport Launches Hotel ‘Stay Safe’ Feature for Travel Agents (GTP)

Ground Transportation Industry News

Mainland Europe to Fund Night Train Expansion (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Welcome to 2021, Car Rental’s Recovery Year (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)

More Industry News

Google Leverages Big Data to Boost Travel Industry (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Safe & Seamless Traveller Journey in the ‘New Normal’ (4HOTELIERS)


GBTA Convention 2021: Submit an Education Session Proposal

GBTA is now accepting proposals for education sessions at GBTA Convention 2021 in Orlando, FL from July 17-21. We are seeking industry professionals to contribute new ideas, solutions, and innovations for current issues and challenges that confront the travel industry.

The deadline to submit an education session proposal is January 8, 2021.

Learn More >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Australia – Tropical Low Three Weakens in Southern Indian Ocean

Australia – Western Australia to Ease Border Controls for Travelers from South Australia

Europe – Heavy Precipitation, Strong Winds, and Possible Flooding Forecast Across Southern and Eastern Europe

France – Authorities Maintain Plan to Ease Domestic COVID-19 Restrictions Incrementally

United States – Officials in Washington State Extend Current Restrictions


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

View Additional Resources >>


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