Daily News Brief – December 15, 2020

Women in Travel: Companies Can Benefit From a Leadership Team Mirroring their Greatest Consumer

Industry veteran shares her perspective on diversity in the industry, and what travel and work-life balance in a COVID-19 world may look like

In the final 2020 session of its Collaboratory webinar series, GBTA welcomed Arlene Coyle, Vice President of Commercial Corporations for Amadeus to discuss her career journey and the importance of having women in influential leadership roles.

For this WINiT recommended session, GBTA Interim Executive Director Dave Hilfman served as moderator and discussed with Coyle her 20 years of experience in the managed travel and technology industry and how the individual – led by technology, convenience and lack of time – will play a key role in managed travel of the future.

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COVID-19 News 

American Airlines Flies First Batch of Covid Vaccines from Chicago to Miami (SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS JOURNAL)

US Plans to Ship 6 Million Doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine Straight after the FDA Authorizes it — Double its Initial Shipment of Pfizer’s Shot (BUSINESS INSIDER)

International Travel Can Safely Restart, Without Waiting for Vaccines, Says WTTC and Industry Bodies (HOSPITALITY NET)

Australia-New Zealand Travel Bubble Expected in Early 2021 (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Spicehealth to Launch Dry Swab Direct RT-PCR Covid-19 Test (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)


Professional Development

Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™
Register Now for the Virtual Course Beginning in January

The Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™ 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.

The core curriculum includes:

  • Travel Policy Compliance
  • Travel Risk Management
  • Data Strategy
  • Category Management, Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management

Course dates are January 15, January 22, January 29, and February 5.

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Call for Education Session Proposals 

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. Our tradition of delivering the best education on the topics most relevant to business travel is only made possible by your participation.

We are seeking industry professionals to contribute new ideas, solutions, and innovations for current issues and challenges that confront the travel industry. Now more than ever, content focused on the industry’s recovery will be critical. Our highest-rated presenters have challenged conventional wisdom and have been willing to share real “lessons learned.”

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

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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.

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Trending Industry News 

Aviation Industry News

easyJet Puts Winter 2022 Flights on Sale (BREAKING TRAVEL NEWS)

JAL to Provide Covid-19 Coverage for International Travelers (TRAVEL WEEKLY)

Qatar Airways Resumes Flights from Gatwick (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

The Second Rise Of The Boeing 737 MAX (SIMPLE FLYING)

Turkish Airlines Receives Europe’s Leading Economy Class Award (SIMPLE FLYING)

Hospitality Industry News

Hyatt Regency Cape Town Opens in South Africa (BREAKING TRAVEL NEWS)

Five Things Hoteliers Should Know About Maintaining Business During the Pandemic (LODGING MAGAZINE)

US Hotel Industry Forecast Adjusts in Response to COVID-19 Winter Surge and Anticipation of Vaccines (TRAVELDAILYNEWS)

IHG Hotels & Resorts And Explore Georgia Invite Visitors To Go Beyond The Headlines (HOSPITALITY NET)

Taj Opens New Resort in Darjeeling (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Ground Industry News

How Europe’s Night Trains Came Back from the Dead (CNN)



GBTA Membership

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Brazil: Officials Likely to Maintain Coronavirus Disease-related Restrictions

Greece, Northern Cyprus and Turkey: Storms with Heavy Rainfall, Strong Winds, and Possible Flooding Forecast across Southeastern Europe

India: Planned Water Outages to Affect Parts of Hyderabad, Telangana State, Dec. 16-17

Israel: Mandatory Quarantine Period Shortened from 12 to 10 Days

Myanmar: Authorities Extend Most Restrictions; Ban on Domestic Flights to End

Netherlands: Officials Impose Lockdown through at Least Jan. 19 due to Increase in COVID-19 Cases

United States: Tighter Business and Gathering Restrictions in Force in Pennsylvania

United States: Officials Tighten Restrictions in Oklahoma due to Increase in Coronavirus Disease Activity

United Kingdom: Authorities Move London to Highest Level of COVID-19 Restrictions


COVID-19 Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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