Daily News Brief – February 17, 2021

Business Travel Sees Steady Recovery in Europe

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the world’s largest business travel association – held its European Town Hall today to discuss its annual BTI™ Outlook with a focus on Europe.

Europe comprised 27% of global business travel in 2019, attributing $392 billion to the $1.43 trillion global busines travel spending. Business travel in Western Europe accounted for approximately 23.4% of this global figure ($334.7 bn) and Eastern Europe (Emerging Europe) accounted for 4.0% ($57.2 bn). – FEATURES GBTA

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COVID-19 News

Optimism as Cuba Set to Test Its Own COVID Vaccine (BBC)

Japan Kicks off COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout as Global Figures Fall (DAILY SABAH)


Industry Webinar 

Evaluate Your Travel Program in Next Week’s All-New Webinar:
Ford or Ferrari? What Are You Driving in the Race to the Return of Corporate Travel?

Tuesday, February 23 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Spend, culture and industry that are all factors in determining the vehicle best suited for your organization. Especially during these uncertain times, how do you know if your program has what it takes to go the distance and take your travelers and your business to the winner’s circle?

Join us as we explore what travel managers can do to assess, benchmark and improve their travel and expense programs.

Thank you to the GLP Designation Cohort for presenting this webinar.

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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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Demonstrate Your Industry Knowledge:
Earn Your Global Travel Professional® (GTP) Certification

Deadline to Apply is March 24

Brought to you by GBTA Academy, The GTP® Certification is designed to raise industry standards, enhance work performance, and recognize individuals who demonstrate core competencies essential to the business travel management discipline. On average, GTP® Certification holders earn over 7% more than buyers who did not have the certification. (Source: 2019 Travel Buyer Compensation and Benefits Report)

Virtual proctoring now available.

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Job Board
Is Your Company Hiring?

Use the GBTA Career Center to post your business travel job openings and access thousands of qualified industry professionals looking to make their next career move.

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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

2020 Airline Passenger Traffic Lowest Since 1984 (THE HILL)

Etihad Airways and Gulf Air Expand Partnership (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Why This Will Be the Hottest Airplane Seat in 2021 (CNN)

Airlines Push White House to Reject Coronavirus Testing for U.S. Flights (STAR ADVERTISER)

Hospitality Industry News

Marriott’s Julius Robinson on What Travelers Want Now (TRAVEL WEEKLY)

OYO Hotels Expands Footprint Across US; Opens Doors to 10 New Hotels (HOSPITALITY NET)

More Industy News

The Business Case for Data Privacy – CWT (HOTEL NEWS RESOURCE)

Accor Launches All Connect, New Hybrid Meeting Concept Powered by Microsoft Teams (HOSPITALITY NET)


Have You Submitted Your Proposal?

GBTA is accepting proposals for GBTA Conference 2021 – Wiesbaden in Partnership with VDR. Our new 45-minute sessions reflect the needs of our travel professionals Are you interested in leading an education session? Submit a proposal today!

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Australia – Officials in Victoria to End Statewide Lockdown

China – Officials to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions in Hong Kong

Italy – Aviation Workers to Launch Nationwide Air Traffic Control Strike, Ground-handling Strike at Milan Malpensa Airport

Mexico – Severe Weather Causing Power Outages in Northern Regions Through Feb. 18

Panama – Authorities Reduce Nationwide Curfew to 2200-0400 and Ease Other Measures


COVID-19 Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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