Daily News Brief – December 23, 2020

Some EU States Reopen to UK Travelers with Pre-Departure Tests

The airports of several EU countries have closed to travelers from the UK following a recent surge in COVID-numbers partially caused by a new, highly transmittable strain of the virus. As the initial panic has begun to settle, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands have tentatively begun to reopen for some passengers from this morning.

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COVID-19 News

Labor Calls for Australia’s COVID Vaccine Rollout to Be Accelerated (THE GUARDIAN)

Pfizer Nears Deal with U.S. Government for More COVID Vaccine Doses, Sources Say (CNBC)


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.

Registration rates increase January 30.

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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. Deadline to apply is January 4, 2021.

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Job Board
Head of Unit – Business Travel


Are you seeking a role where you can use your consolidated business travel services experience and help us drive positive change? Join our team as Head of Business Travel Unit where you will bring new ideas and support staff providing excellent travel management services in a multi-cultural environment.

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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

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Taipei’s Airport Seeks to Join US Pre-Clearance Program (SIMPLE FLYING)

Mumbai Airport Issues New Rules for International Passengers (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

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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 

Belgium – Authorities to Resume Passenger Flights and Trains with the UK

Canada and United States – Storm System to Bring Rounds of Snow and Strong Winds to Multiple Regions through at Least Dec. 25

France – Travel to Resume for Certain Travelers from the UK

Japan – Activists to Hold Demonstrations in Central Tokyo Dec. 23-24

United States – Authorities in North Dakota Ease Some Coronavirus Disease Restrictions


 COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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