Daily News Brief – February 11, 2021

Less Than 1 Week Remains until GBTA’s All-New 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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COVID-19 News

Are Vaccines Already Helping Contain COVID? Early Signs Say Yes, But Mutations Will Be Challenging (BUSINESSWORLD ONLINE)

No Quarantine Needed for Those Who Have Received Both Shots of Coronavirus Vaccine, CDC Says (THE WASHINGTON POST)

COVID: WHO Backs Oxford Vaccine ‘Even If Variants Present’ (BBC)


Call for Proposals

GBTA Conference 2021 – Wiesbaden in Partnership with VDR:
Deadline to Submit a Proposal is February 26

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

Our tradition of delivering the best education on the topics most relevant to business travel, coming off a record-breaking year, is only made possible by your participation.

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Industry Spotlight

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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Professional Development 

Learn the Basics of Business Travel:
Register Today for the Fundamentals of Business Travel Management™

Virtual Event
Deadline to Apply is March 1

Designed as a comprehensive guide to the key areas of managed travel, GBTA’s Fundamentals curriculum includes a full range of topics including safety, policy, trends, performance and more. Participants in this course gain a better understanding of business travel management and make themselves indispensable to the business travel needs of their organization. The core curriculum includes:

  • Overview of Travel Management
  • Travel Policy
  • Creating a Service Model
  • Strategic Sourcing / Vendor Management
  • Travel Technology Basics
  • Data and Analytics / Measuring Success
  • Travel Risk Management

*Participants will need to complete a recorded session and prep work prior to each virtual session.

Course begins March 2 and runs weekly throughout the month.

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Job Board

Hotel Director of Sales
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.)

Apply Now >>


Trending Industry News

Top Story

White House COVID-19 Official to Meet with Airline CEOs Friday: Sources (REUTERS)

Aviation Industry News

UK in Talks to Introduce Vaccine Passports for International Travel (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

American Airlines Expands Services at Miami (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Singapore Airlines Begins Flights with fully Vaccinated Crew (REUTERS)

Following Hiccup China’s Domestic Flights Are Recovering Once More (SIMPLE FLYING)

London City Airport: Few Passengers; Big (But Sustainable) Plans (CENTRE FOR AVIATION)

Hospitality Industry News

Three Companies Combined Account for 67% of the Projects in the Total US Construction Pipeline (4HOTELIERS)

More Industry News

Biden Administration Says Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for Domestic Travel Is an ‘Active Conversation’ (TRAVEL AND LEISURE)


Editor’s Note

In observance of the President’s Day holiday, the GBTA Daily News Brief will halt distribution Monday, February 15. We will resume distribution on Tuesday, February 16. Please visit gbta.org to learn the latest about developments in business travel.


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Austria – Health Officials to Require All Travelers Leaving Tyrol to Present Negative COVID-19 Test

South Pacific/Oceania – Tsunami Threat Lifted in Most Areas after Magnitude-7.7 Earthquake Near Loyalty Islands

United States – Health Officials in Oregon to Ease Restrictions in 12 Counties due to Decreases in COVID-19 Activity

United States – System to Bring Rounds of Heavy Snowfall, Ice, and Strong Winds to Southern and Eastern Regions

United States – Officials in California Ease COVID-19 Restrictions in Three Counties

United States – Health Officials in Indiana Ease Restrictions Implemented to Curb the Spread of COVID-19 in Most Counties



COVID-19 Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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