Daily News Brief – February 10, 2021

Pick Up Remains Low but Appetite for Travel Is Returning

The latest edition of the Pulse Report, which tracks data for the month of January, shows that despite the ongoing worldwide COVID vaccine roll-outs, the majority of markets are continuing to feel serious effects of uncertainty amongst travelers. This is particularly true in Europe, where various lockdowns in several countries are having a continued impact on levels of booking activity. However, on a more positive note, some parts of APAC such as New Zealand, Australia and Oceania are seeing new bookings start to rise, and similarly in the Americas where pick up is finally increasing as travelers dare to think ahead to travel plans for later in the year.



COVID-19 News

How Is the COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Going in Your State? (NPR)

South Africa Scraps AstraZeneca Vaccine, Will Give J&J Jabs (GAZETTE)


Industry Webinar 

Do You Manage European Travelers? Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Webinar:
The ABC of A1 Registration and the Posted Worker Directives

Thursday, February 11 | 2:00 PM GMT

The A1 registration for business trips in the EU/EFTA as well as the posted worker requirements pose challenges to companies, employees, and travel managers alike.

These are complex and increasingly enforced pieces of legislation. Join this webinar to understand:

  • The background to A1 / the Posted Worker Directives
  • What does it mean for employers?
  • What are the challenges?
  • What are the possible solutions?

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Industry Spotlight 

Register Now for an All-New Complimentary Virtual Event:
Ready. Safe. Travel. Summit

Wednesday, February 17 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

GBTA’s Ready. Safe. Travel. (RST) advocacy campaign premiered in November 2020 as the Association’s effort to unite the global business travel industry and drive momentum toward a full recovery. The Ready.Safe.Travel. Summit’s purpose is to educate and prepare our membership and the industry for the evolution of business travel as a result of the on-going pandemic. As we head into 2021, much has changed and is continuing to impact our industry.

Many factors continue to challenge our industry and create more questions: government response to COVID, vaccine distribution, new variants, global entry policies and quarantine rules, etc. The RST Summit will ensure we address these relevant and timely issues and continue to move forward our industry.

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Please Give Us Your Input – Take this Month’s GBTA Coronavirus Poll

Help GBTA monitor the impact of Coronavirus on the business travel industry. Please take 3-4 minutes to take GBTA’s monthly Coronavirus poll. We have removed some previous questions and added new questions concerning proposed government policies as they relate to testing, border closures and the return to travel. GBTA poll findings are used in government lobbying efforts and information campaigns.

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Newport, RI

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. 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.)

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Trending Industry News

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New Podcast: On Business Travel’s Recovery by 2025…Or Later (BUSINESS TRAVEL NEWS EUROPE)

Aviation Industry News

World First – 100% of Etihad’s Operational Crew Are Now Vaccinated (SIMPLE FLYING)

When Will the Boeing 777X Go into Passenger Service? Updated 2021 Timeframe (SIMPLE FLYING)

CLEAR Raises $100M to Expand Beyond Aviation (PHOCUSWIRE)

Former Jet Airways CEO, Senior Executive planning to Launch Low-Cost Carrier (THE HINDU BUSINESSLINE)

Airlines Shift Strategies to Woo Millennials with Travel Perks (PYMNTS.COM)

Hospitality Industry News

Why It’s a “Buyer’s Market” for Corporate Hotel Rates (PHOCUSWIRE)

More Industry News

Impact of Recent Federal Stimulus on the Travel Industry (HOSPITALITY NET)


GBTA and the Orange County Convention Center are committed to keeping you safe at Convention 2021 this July in Orlando.

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Australia – Authorities to Ease Restrictions in Greater Sydney, Central Coast, and Wollongong from Feb. 12

Canada – Health Officials to Require Travelers Arriving by Land Borders to Show Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test

France – Heavy Snowfall and Strong Winds Forecast Across Northwestern Portions

Spain – Ground Crew at Malaga Airport to Launch Indefinite Strike and Related Protests

United Kingdom – Health Officials to Require All Arriving Travelers to Undergo Two COVID-19 Tests During Quarantine

United States – Health Officials in Colorado Ease Restrictions in Most of the State’s 64 Counties 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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