Daily News Brief – December 17, 2020

GBTA Poll: In-Person Business Meetings and Events To Surge In 2021

Sales meetings with customers and prospects to be the priority for the year ahead

GBTA has released the results of its latest COVID-19 Member Poll. The survey – the 14th such poll by GBTA since the onset of the pandemic to measure the impact on business travel – finds that a majority of respondents are optimistic that the travel industry will begin to rebound in mid to late 2021 and that the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine is top of mind for many business travel professionals.

“What we’re seeing in this latest poll is a number of reasons for the business travel industry to be optimistic about 2021, especially toward the middle of the year,” said Dave Hilfman, the interim Executive Director of GBTA. “As the vaccine rollout gains momentum and if we see a corresponding drop in positive COVID-19 test results, this survey suggests something of a return to personal connections and in-person meetings and events in the business space.”

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COVID-19 News

FDA Advisory Committee to Consider Second COVID-19 Vaccine, This One from Moderna, During All-Day Meeting (USA TODAY)

COVID Live Updates: Latest News on Covid Vaccine Rollouts Across the U.S. (CNBC)

Dr. Fauci Says U.S. Could Return to Normal by Mid-Fall If Most People Get COVID Vaccine (CNBC)


GBTA Convention 2021
GBTA Convention 2021 Registration is Now Open

A thriving business travel industry is critical for a strong economy. GBTA recently launched the “Ready.Safe.Travel.” campaign to push for unity and a safe return to business travel through advocacy, education, and awareness. To do our part in this effort, GBTA is bringing our industry together July 17-21 for GBTA Convention 2021 in Orlando, Florida to unite in solidarity for business travel.

Attendees can expect to engage with the most innovative suppliers in the industry, relevant and actionable education and unlimited networking opportunities.

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Call for Proposals

Share Your Knowledge at 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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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 

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Hospitality Industry News

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Hotel Bookings Spike on Positive Vaccine News (BLOOMBERG)



GBTA Global Research: Most Viewed

GBTA’s research and tools allow business travel professionals to stay up-to-date on trends and topics that shape the industry and leverage that knowledge to help them be more effective in their roles.

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Canada and United States – Heavy Snowfall, Strong Winds, and Ice Continue Across Multiple Regions

Fiji and Wallis and Futuna – Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasa Maintains Strength in South Pacific Ocean

Japan – Metro Trains Suspended Along Midosuji Line in Osaka

United States – Officials in Oregon to Tighten and Ease Restrictions in Multiple Counties due to Changes in Coronavirus Disease Activity7

United States – Officials in Iowa to Ease Certain Statewide Coronavirus Disease-Related Restrictions


COVID-19 Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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