Daily News Brief – December 18, 2020

Quarantine-Free Travel from the U.S. to Europe Shows the First, Small Signs of Becoming Reality

New preflight testing programs are allowing a small number of Americans to have a European Christmas holiday this year after all. On Tuesday, Delta Air Lines launched a Covid-19 testing program for customers flying from Atlanta to Amsterdam, while a second program is scheduled to start on Saturday for Delta passengers flying to Rome.

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COVID-19 News

Coronavirus Updates: Moderna Vaccine Gets Thumbs-Up (USA TODAY)

COVID Vaccine: India Expects to ‘Begin Vaccination in January’ (BBC)

Pfizer First Drugmaker to Seek COVID-19 Vaccine Approval in Japan (JAPAN TIMES)

COVID-19 Cases Declining in Michigan for Third Straight Week (WLNS)


GBTA Convention 2021 

GBTA Convention 2021 Registration is Now Open
Join Us for The Business Travel Event of the Year®

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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 Industry Spotlight

Call for Volunteers – Seamlessly Integrating ACTE Within GBTA
Lend Your Expertise to Advance Our Industry

In November, GBTA was incredibly fortunate to acquire the key assets of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, or ACTE. This unique opportunity to unite the best of two premier organizations in the business travel industry – an effort we are leading together – represents an unprecedented moment for our Association.

We are looking for volunteers from across the business travel world (Buyer, Supplier, Media, Member, Non-Member) who have expertise in the following areas to ensure that we get the most out of GBTA’s investment in ACTE’s brand and robust intellectual assets:

  • Blended research and education
  • Advocacy
  • Networking
  • Membership
  • Branding

Volunteering is simple. Please email [email protected] with your name, email address and a brief description of your area of interest and expertise. We will contact potential volunteers to discuss the project, its timeline and to answer any questions you may have.

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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

Delta Pushes to Add More COVID-Tested Long-Haul Routes (SKIFT)

Emirates to Restart Flights to Istanbul (4HOTELIERS)

Lufthansa Group, Sabre Sign New Distribution Agreement (PHOCUSWIRE)

Hospitality Industry News

What to Expect from Hotel Tech in 2021 (PHOCUSWIRE)

IHG Expands Upscale Voco™ Brand to Vietnam (4HOTELIERS)

Marriott Will Offer Pre-Event Covid Tests (SKIFT)

Rosewood Partner with Trip.com to Expand Growth in China (4HOTELIERS)

More Industry News

Travel Again Releases Recovery Framework and Recommendations (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Skyscanner Is Answering Your COVID-19 Travel Questions With an Interactive Map (TRAVEL AND LEISURE)


GBTA Convention 2021: Submit an Education Session Proposal

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.

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

GBTA’s recent survey 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.

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

China – Power Shortages Likely to Continue in Hunan, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang into February 2021

Fiji – Category-3 Severe TC Yasa Weakens Further and Tracks Southeastward in Koro Sea

Maldives – Authorities Modify Quarantine Rules for Domestic and International Travelers

United Kingdom – Authorities to Update COVID-19 Entry Restrictions

United States – Officials in Minnesota to Ease Certain Restrictions due to Decreases in COVID-19 Activity


COVID-19 Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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