Daily News Brief – February 1, 2021

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Memo to GBTA Members

Join Me for GBTA Convention 2021 and Stand in Solidarity with the Business Travel Community

After missing out on the in-person Convention experience last year, I’m beyond excited for GBTA’s 2021 Convention, July 17-21 in Orlando, Florida. We’ve got five months to go until the big event and feel confident the industry will be ready. As in years past, the 2021 Convention will feature the most innovative suppliers in the industry, relevant and actionable education sessions, and unlimited networking opportunities. To date, we already have more than 1,000 registered attendees! Registration rates increase March 1, so don’t wait – register today for Convention 2021.

One of the most valuable parts of Convention is the quality content. We’re still seeking industry professionals to deliver content featuring new ideas, solutions, and innovations for current issues and challenges confronting the travel industry. If you want the unique opportunity to get in front of corporate travel managers and suppliers from across industry segments, click here to submit your education session proposal by February 26.



COVID-19 News

Good Morning. The Vaccine News Continues to Be Better Than Many People Realize. (THE NEW YORK TIMES)

U.S. Labor Department Issues COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance (REUTERS)

J&J Vaccine Adds to COVID-19 Armoury, Includes South African Variant (REUTERS)

EU: AstraZeneca to Supply 9 Million More Vaccine Doses (ASSOCIATED PRESS)


Industry Spotlight

Time Is Running Out! Nominate an Industry Leader Today!
WINiT Awards & Virtual Gala 2021

WINiT by GBTA, the only group of its kind in the business travel industry, is now accepting nominations for the WINiT Virtual Awards and Gala. WINiT, a network driving positive change for the career advancement of women in travel-related industries, will honor the women, men, and organizations who have led the way in promoting this important mission at its WINiT Awards & Virtual Gala 2021 on March 8.

Learn More >>

The nomination deadline is this Friday, February 5. There is no cost to nominate.


Industry Webinar 

Explore the Findings of GBTA’s Annual BTI™ Report
Register Now for Tomorrow’s Webinar:
2020 Business Travel Index – Data and Insights

Tomorrow | 11:00 AM ET – 12:30 PM ET

The eagerly-anticipated annual GBTA BTI™ report is being released this month. Join us for a webinar where GBTA, in partnership with Rockport Analytics, will discuss the results of the annual study of global business travel spending patterns and reveal trends and regions where business travel is recovering. Following a turbulent year which has had a huge impact on both the global economy and business travel, this webinar promises to deliver key data points and applicable ways to utilize this information to promote a safe return to travel for your corporate travelers.


•  Jon Gray, Principal, Rockport Analytics
•  Chris Ely, Director of Research, GBTA

Learn More and Register >>


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Regional Town Hall

Save the Date for the Next GBTA Europe Town Hall

Tuesday, February 16 | 2:00 PM GMT

This webinar will provide an overview of GBTA’s BTI ™ Outlook for Western Europe. This critical industry report forecasts the economic outlook for the next 5 years and what is expected for business travel in the region.

Register Now >>


Job Board

Director of Sales
Lewisburg, PA

The Director of Sales will provide overall leadership to the Sales Team, be responsible for strategically soliciting and developing new accounts, maintaining excellent rapport with existing accounts and successfully promoting the hotel to the community. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years of progressive sales experience, preferably in the hospitality field. Relative franchise experience a plus. We are seeking a detail-oriented, professional individual with excellent sales techniques who will meet or exceed budgeted goals and responsibly manage all aspects of the Sales department in accordance with the standards and franchise (if applicable.)

Apply Now >>


Trending Industry News

Top Story

GBTA: Governments Should Reconsider Quarantines for International Travel (BUSINESS TRAVEL NEWS) – FEATURES GBTA

Aviation Industry News

TSA to Implement Executive Order Regarding Face Masks at Airport Security Checkpoints and Throughout the Transportation Network (TSA)

Snowstorm Prompts Airlines to Cancel Most NYC-Area Flights (CNBC)

CDC Requires Face Masks on Airlines, Public Transportation (WKRN)

Delta Expands Biometric Digital ID Testing to Domestic Travelers (SIMPLE FLYING)

Air India Announces Additional Flights (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Emirates to Resume UK Flights (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Hospitality Industry News

Hyatt Announces Further Growth of the Alila Brand in the US (4HOTELIERS)

More Industry News

International SOS Launches Vaccine Indicator for Business (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Facing up to the Demands of Post-Brexit Business Travel (FINANCIAL TIMES)



Call for Proposals

GBTA is now accepting proposals for education sessions GBTA Conference 2021 Wiesbaden in Partnership with VDR, 13-15 October.

More Information >>

Deadline to Apply is February 26.



WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Australia – Tropical Cyclone 18S Tracking Westward Across Northern Western Australia

Canada and United States – System to Bring Heavy Snowfall, Ice, and Strong Winds to Multiple Regions Through at Least Feb. 2

Russia – Authorities Ease Coronavirus Disease-related Measures in Moscow

Singapore – Authorities to Suspend Reciprocal Travel Schemes for Business and Official Reasons with Germany, Malaysia, and South Korea Feb. 1-April 30

United States – Officials in New Mexico Ease Coronavirus Disease-Related Restrictions in Eight Counties

United States – Officials in Washington State to Ease Coronavirus Disease-Related Restrictions in Two Regions

United States – Officials in Indiana Ease and Extend Coronavirus Disease-Related Restrictions Through at Least Feb. 28


COVID-19 Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

View Additional Resources >>


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