Daily News Brief – February 19, 2021

GBTA Poll: Vaccine a Game-Changer for a Return to Travel

Nearly half of respondents say border closures and restrictions have impacted their company travel recovery efforts in 2021


GBTA finds most GBTA members and stakeholders (79%) would be “very comfortable” or “comfortable” traveling for business after receiving the Covid-19 vaccination, and almost half support mandatory testing prior to travel to ensure the safety of customers and clients when meeting face-to-face.

The latest findings come from the 16th installment of the coronavirus poll, conducted by GBTA since the onset of the pandemic to measure its impact on business travel.

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GBTA Brings Together Industry Experts and More Than 1,000 Registrants to Prepare for a Safe Return to Business Travel

Summit provided critical and actionable information to help move the industry forward

GBTA hosted the Ready. Safe. Travel. Summit to educate and prepare the Association’s membership and the industry for the evolution of business travel as a result of the on-going pandemic.

GBTA launched the Ready. Safe. Travel. campaign last fall with the objective of bringing awareness to the importance of the business travel industry to the global economy, advocating for a timely and safe return to business travel, and to provide Association members with the education and tools to do so.

The virtual Summit was a continuation of the overall campaign and aimed to provide the roadmap for a safe return to business travel. The Summit, with more than 1,000 registrants, featured several impressive experts across three segments.

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COVID-19 News

14.5M Canadians to Be Immunized by June, Updated Vaccination Timeline Shows (CTV)

COVID-19 Update: ‘True Decline’ in COVID Transmission, But Bad Weather Hampers Vaccine (SHAWNEE MISSION POST)

COVID Cases Have Fallen by Two Thirds This Month, Imperial React Study Finds (THE TIMES)


Industry Webinar

Evaluate Your Travel Program in Next Tuesday’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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Regional Town Hall
There is Still Time to Register for Next Week’s GBTA Canada Town Hall

2021 began with so much uncertainty and an abundance of changes that further impact the global travel industry. In Canada, rising COVID-19 levels, additional lockdowns and newly imposed government restrictions will continue to breed uncertainty around travel and meetings.Wednesday, February 24 | 3:00 PM ET

During our first town hall for the year, we will share how GBTA Canada is adapting to support our industry for 2021. We will also hear from Mike McNaney, President and CEO of the National Airline Council of Canada, a leading voice in the Canadian aviation sector, who will share the latest insights around the current airline situation, the status of government response, and the importance of restoring air travel.

Following that, GBTA will feature our latest research on the Canadian specific data for the GBTA Business Travel Index (BTI). Economist Jon Gray from GBTA’s research partner Rockport Analytics will highlight details of how Covid-19 impacted business travel in 2020 and what the Canadian industry has in store for 2021 and the forecast to recovery.

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GBTA Convention 2021 

Register Now for GBTA Convention 2021

Join your peers at The Business Travel Event of the Year® for exclusive education and networking around the latest industry trends, technologies, challenges, and solutions facing the business travel industry. GBTA Convention 2021 will take place July 17-21 in Orlando, Florida.

Registration rates increase March 1.

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GBTA and the Orange County Convention Center are taking extra measures to ensure your safety at GBTA Convention 2021.

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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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Time is Running Out – Submit a Proposal Today!

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 – Western Australia to Lift Ban on Travel from Victoria

China – Officials Lift Movement Restrictions in Pudong District, Shanghai

China – Officials Lift Movement Restrictions in Pudong District, Shanghai

Germany – Authorities Extend Travel Ban from Designated COVID-19 Variant Areas until March 3

Philippines – Tropical Storm Dujuan Continues to Track Westward

United States – Officials in Michigan Extend Current Business Restrictions Through at Least March 29


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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