Daily News Brief – December 7, 2020

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Memo to GBTA Members

Today is a big day. Our Annual Business Meeting begins at 11:00 a.m. EST and it’s not too late for you to register and attend: Register Now.

I hope you’ll join us as we conduct a year in review, including our association’s annual report and 2019 financials; announce the results of the current GBTA Board of Directors election; and recognize some of GBTA’s brightest stars when we award the President’s, Allied Member of the Year, Direct Member of the Year and Committee Member of the Year awards and announce our Business Travel Service Awards honorees.

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COVID-19 News

Demand for COVID Vaccines Expected to Get Heated — And Fast (NBC)

France Sees Another Decline in COVID-19 Cases, Deaths (AMERICAN AIRLINES)

Indonesia Receives First COVID-19 Vaccine from China’s Sinovac (INQUIRER)


Industry Spotlight

What Does “Ready. Safe. Travel.” Mean to You?

Tell Us and You Could Win a $1,000 (USD) GBTA Scholarship!

We want you to create an informal, fun 15-30 second video saying what “Ready. Safe. Travel.” means to you. We’re sharing these videos across GBTA’s social channels to spread the word and help our campaign gain momentum. Once we receive your video, you’re entered to win a $1,000 (USD) GBTA scholarship to apply to a GBTA offering of your choice!

Hurry! Deadline to submit a video is this Friday, December 11.

Learn More and Get Started >>


GBTA Needs Your Input – Take the Latest GBTA Coronavirus Poll

GBTA has launched our latest coronavirus poll. This poll includes several new questions that will inform our advocacy efforts worldwide. Everyone is encouraged to participate! Results will be posted on the GBTA website and available to members and non-members.

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GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Don’t Miss Wednesday’s Collaboratory Webinar:
Travel Buyers Unplugged: New Technology Innovations Fueling Travel

Wednesday, December 9 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Travel buyers have been very vocal about the need for innovation and have put pressure on suppliers to step up. So why is it so difficult to get travel buyers to adopt new innovations or even get a conversation started? In this lively session, three travel buyers will share insights on their future needs and answer your questions. Attendees are sure to leave with new perspectives on the return to travel and ways to improve your chances of getting a technology solution adopted.

Have a question you’d like answered during this session? Click on the link below to register and you’ll have an opportunity to submit it.

Michelle “Mick” Lee, Global Head of General and Shared Services, BNY Mellon


  • Christoph Carnier, Senior Director – Head of Procurement Category Travel, Fleet & Events, Group Procurement Segment Services | PO-EF, Merck & President VDR/German Business Travel Association
  • Daryl Keiper, Senior Manager US Travel Program, Genentech
  • Jodi Woods, Global Category Manager, Becton Dickinson

Register Now >>

December 8-14 Collaboratory Webinars Made Possible by ChromeRiver


Job Board

Regional Account Director – Business Travel Sales
Seattle, WA

We are looking for motivated, independent, sales -professional with a successful track record within a global sales organization and demonstrated ability to build mutually beneficial complex customer relationships. The successful candidate will be extremely self-driven, possess excellent communication and customer-relations skills and have solid business acumen. The role is a remote position requiring frequent travel throughout the US.

Apply Now >>


Trending Industry News

Top Story

WTTC: 72-Hour Quarantine-Free Trips Would Save International Business Travel (SCHENGEN VISA INFO)

Aviation Industry News

Which Airline Will Be the First to Help the CDC with COVID Contact Tracing? (RADIO.COM)

Melbourne Receives Its First International Arrivals in Months (SIMPLE FLYING)

Alitalia to Start Quarantine-Free New York to Rome Flights (SIMPLE FLYING)

Emirates to Take Delivery of first A380 with Premium Economy this Month (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Canadian Government Urged to Support Aviation Industry (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Hospitality Industry News

Marriott to Open Washington DC property (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Ground Transportation Industry News

How Dubai’s Ekar Plans to Become Car Rental Giant by 2022 (ARABIAN BUSINESS)

More Industry News

European Travel Commission Urges EU Governments to Follow EASA & ECDC Guidelines and to Lift Quarantines (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)


GBTA Honorary Membership – Valid Until August 1, 2021

GBTA will provide business travel professionals who have been displaced due to the impact of coronavirus and the global pandemic a GBTA Honorary Membership. This membership will be valid until August 1, 2021 or until finding employment.

GBTA is committed to helping the business travel community stay connected during this challenging time.

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Australia – Authorities in Victoria State Easing Coronavirus Disease Restrictions

Australia – Authorities in South Australia State Ease Some Coronavirus Disease Business Restrictions

Austria – Authorities Ease Domestic Coronavirus Disease-related Restrictions

South Korea – Officials Impose Further Business, Transport Controls in Seoul

United Kingdom – Officials Clarify Eased Coronavirus-Related Entry Restrictions for Certain Business Travelers

United States – Officials in New York State Maintain Business and Travel Restrictions


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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