Daily News Brief – February 18, 2021

Suzanne Neufang Named Executive Director of GBTA

New leader brings years of optimal experience to helm the unified GBTA and ACTE, and lead business travel out of the pandemic and into the future

GBTA proudly announces the hiring of Suzanne Neufang as its next Executive Director, leading the combined GBTA and the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE).

Neufang was hired after a comprehensive and exhaustive review of over 130 candidates from around the world. The months-long process was led by an independent search committee of industry leaders and staff. The search was coordinated by leading association consulting firm MCI-USA, which served as a third-party hub to screen applicants and facilitate the extensive interview process.

“The independent search committee has provided GBTA with an exceptional leader for the future of our Association and industry. Suzanne is unquestionably the visionary to lead business travel to a complete recovery in the years ahead,” said Bhart Sarin, President of GBTA, “It will be a distinct privilege to support her as we complete our integration of GBTA and ACTE and build on the momentum of the Ready. Safe. Travel. campaign toward our annual convention in July.”

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COVID-19 News

Third Wave of COVID-19 Continues to Ease (THINK ADVISOR)

The Latest: Hong Kong Ease Pandemic Rules as Cases Decline (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Day 1 of SA’s J&J Vaccine Rollout A Huge Success – Health Department (EWN)


Call for Proposals

GBTA Convention 2021 – Call for Proposals Deadline is February 26
Submit Your Proposal Today!

GBTA remains absolutely committed to delivering quality and relevant content in various delivery formats. We would actively encourage you to submit content topics that will be timely and most useful to travel professionals in these challenging times.

Please note: GBTA will provide the technology to ensure speaker and attendee engagement, whether this be in-person or virtually. Please include experts that may need to present virtually in your submissions. If you have questions regarding the CFP process, please email [email protected].

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GBTA Conference 2021 – Wiesbaden in Partnership with VDR
Time is Running Out – Submit a Proposal Today!

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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Professional Development 

Introducing GBTA’s Ready. Safe. Travel. Training
Become a Ready. Safe. Travel. Specialist this May

In this 4-week, virtual, industry-wide workshop, all levels of business travel professionals unite, educate and engage buyers and suppliers alike, with curated content that delivers essential information to help transition business travel and meetings and its practices beyond the pandemic.

Program begins May 1.

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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

Air France Trials AOKpass Digital Health App (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Canadian Government Needs to Plan for the Progressive Resumption of Air Connectivity (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Hospitality Industy News

NYC Back on Top and Leads the US Construction Pipeline (4HOTELIERS)

Hoteliers: Now is the Time to Take Cues from the Airlines (SOURCE)

Hilton Posts Big Losses for 2020 Yet Forging Ahead with New Properties (PHOCUSWIRE)

Who Will Lead Marriott Next? (SKIFT)

Ground Transportation Industry News

Move Mee Marks Rapid Expansion in First Year (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)

More Industry News

GainingEdge Unveils New Research Unit for the Meetings Industry (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)



Survey: Tell Us About Your Meetings Program

What will the future of meetings look like in a post-COVID world? GBTA is conducting an important research study on this topic as part of its on-going commitment to meet the professional needs of travel managers and meetings planners. We would like to invite you to participate in this online survey about your meetings program. The findings of this important survey will be available to GBTA members.

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

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

India – Authorities to Modify Testing Rules for International Arrivals from Feb. 22

New Zealand – Authorities to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions Nationwide

United States – Heavy Rainfall, Strong Winds, Hail, and Possible Flooding Forecast Across Southeastern US Through at Least Early Feb. 19

United States – Authorities in Arkansas Ease Additional COVID-19 Restrictions due to Decrease in Cases and Hospitalizations


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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