Daily News Brief – December 11, 2020

Travel Buyers Unplugged: New Technology Innovations Fueling Travel

Travel buyers have been very vocal about the need for innovation and have put pressure on suppliers to step up. So why is it so difficult to get travel buyers to adopt new innovations? As part of Collaboratory 2020, moderator Michelle “Mick” Lee, Global Head of General and Shared Services for BNY Mellon and Vice-Chair of GBTA’s WINiT Strategic Advisory Board, moderated this webinar with travel buyers sharing insights: Christoph Carnier, Senior Director and Head of Procurement Category Travel, Fleet & Events, Group Procurement Segment Services for Merck; Daryl Keiper, Senior Manager of the U.S. Travel Program for Genentech; and Jodi Woods, Global Category Manager for Becton Dickinson

Made possible by Chrome River by Emburse, this webinar answered, “How suppliers can improve their chances of getting ‘in the door’” and “How to get buyers to take chances and embrace new technologies,” by exploring what makes a buyer and a supplier successful.

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COVID-19 News

Airline Workers Push to Be Among First Groups to Get COVID-19 Vaccine (USA TODAY)

When Might You Expect Your 1st COVID-19 Shot? (NPR)


GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Don’t Miss 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 

Video Contest Ends Today: 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, there is still time to enter our “Ready. Safe. Travel.” video contest!

Grab your smartphone and shoot an informal, fun 15-30 second video telling us what “Ready. Safe. Travel.” means to you. When you submit your video by the end of today, December 11, 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).



Professional Development 

Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Program: Leading a Corporate Culture of Innovation

Register Today for Next Week’s Virtual Course!

This virtual course is designed for business leaders wanting to gain a solid understanding of Building Effective Organizations, Leading Effective Organizations, Reciprocity – Hidden Keys for Building Collaboration & Trust and much more. This three-day course equips leaders from all backgrounds with the skills necessary to accurately assess effectiveness and design for innovation in Leadership.

This GLP® course will fulfill the “Leadership” competency requirement for those pursuing the GLP Designation or their Certificate of Professional Development.

Course dates are December 15, 17, and 18.

Register Now >>

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Job Board
Travel Card Administrator

Minnetonka, MN

This position will be responsible for travel card accounts for employees who are on Leave of Absence, travel card account reconciliations, addressing past due balances as well as standard travel card Program Administrator duties, with the possibility of added responsibilities around the travel card program

Apply Now >>


Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

Southwest Gets an Upgrade as Outlook for Airlines Brightens (BARRONS)

Airlines Hope EU Bloc Countries Will Exempt UK from Travel Ban (THE GUARDIAN)

What Travelers Should Know about COVID-19 Testing Before Boarding a Plane (CBS)

Boeing Is Partnering with Frontier Airlines to Optimize Operation (SIMPLE FLYING)

United Airlines Invests in Carbon-Capture Project to be 100% Green by 2050 (HOSPITALITY NET)

Hospitality Industry News

Interview with Stephanie Linnartz, Marriott International (HOSPITALITY NET)

More Industry News

GBTA Calls for EU to Assist Business Travel’s Re-Start (IMPACT PUB) – FEATURES GBTA

Business Travel After Brexit and the New 5 Day Travel Quarantine Period (LEXOLOGY)

WTTC Proposes Best Practices for Biometric Digital Identities to Speed Recovery (PHOCUSWIRE)


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 >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Australia – Authorities in Tasmania to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions

Australia – COVID-19 Restrictions Eased in New South Wales

Canada and United States – Winter Storm System to Bring Rounds of Snow to Portions of the US and Canada

Mongolia – Authorities Ease COVID-19 Restrictions in Ulaanbaatar and Arkhangai and Selenge

United Kingdom – Activists to Protest in Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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