Daily News Brief – December 21, 2020

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Memo to GBTA Members

While this year’s celebrations may look different from those in years past, hopefully everyone will take a moment to reflect on the small bright spots of 2020 and the importance of family and friends. I’m particularly grateful to all of you throughout the business travel industry who have been so kind and supportive of me during my time here at GBTA.

But, before we can fully wind down 2020, there is still some important information to convey.

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COVID-19 News

Two Billion COVID Vaccine Doses Secured, WHO Says End of Pandemic Is in Sight (UNITED NATIONS NEWS)

Second Wave of Vaccine Distribution Set for This Week (CCJ NEWS)

Coronavirus Latest: AstraZeneca to Work with Russian Vaccine Developer (NIKKEI)


 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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GBTA Convention 2021

Unite in Solidarity for Business Travel:
Register Now for GBTA Convention 2021

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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Job Board

Is Your Company Hiring?

Use the GBTA Career Center to post your business travel job openings and access thousands of qualified industry professionals looking to make their next career move.

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Trending Industry News

Top Stories

Awaited Relief as Part of New $900 Billion Aid Package (SKIFT)

GBTA Poll: In-Person Business Meetings and Events to Surge in 2021 (HOSPITALITY NET)

Aviation Industry News

These Airlines Offer Free COVID-19 Insurance When You Travel (EXECUTIVE TRAVELLER)

Qantas Adds More Domestic Destinations in Early 2021 (SIMPLE FLYING)

United to Resume 737 MAX Flights in February (SIMPLE FLYING)

Hong Kong Airlines Resumes Flights to Japan (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Hospitality Industry News

SiteMinder’s Global Industry Panel Finds Hoteliers Embracing Empathy, Solidarity and New Ideas (SITEMINDER)



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Editor’s Note

In observance of the holidays, the GBTA Daily News Brief will halt distribution Thursday, December 24. We will resume distribution on Monday, January 4. Please visit gbta.org to learn the latest about developments in business travel.


WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Europe – Several European Countries Suspend Air, Rail, Maritime Travel with the UK due to New COVID-19 Strain

Japan – Heavy Snowfall, Strong Winds, and High Waves Forecast Across Portions of Honshu and Hokkaido

Philippines and Vietnam – Tropical Depression Krovanh Moving Westward in South China Sea

Turkey – All Flights Temporarily Suspended from the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, and South Africa

United States – Officials in Rhode Island to Ease Certain Coronavirus Disease-Related Restrictions


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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