Daily News Brief – February 23, 2021

GBTA Academy Announces Global Scholarship Program

New partnership bolsters GBTA Academy and GBTA Education Offerings

GBTA is thrilled to announce that based on a new partnership and significant financial commitment from a global supplier partner who requests anonymity, the Association will be able to strengthen its Academy offerings and relaunch scholarships. The new scholarship program is designed to make education accessible for hundreds of members by offering financial assistance. As a result, GBTA members will have increased access to valuable education opportunities during this challenging time in our industry due to the pandemic.

“We are thrilled to be able to invest more in the GBTA Academy and the delivery of educational programs. The need to help our industry colleagues progress in their career, as well as to attract new talent to the industry has never been more critical,” said Dawn Repoli, GBTA’s Director of Training and Professional Development. “The scholarship program is a valuable opportunity for those seeking to enrich their learning and career advancement, to help build a solid foundation for the next industry leaders and play a part in the industry rebound from this pandemic.”

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COVID-19 News

One Vaccine Dose Gives High Protection from Severe COVID, Evidence Shows (THE GUARDIAN)

The Latest: Mexico Receives Shipment of Sputnik V Vaccine (ASSOCIATED PRESS)


Regional Town Hall

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s GBTA Canada Town Hall

Tomorrow | 3:00 PM ET

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.

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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Professional Development 

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

Virtual Event

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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Deadline to apply is March 1.


Industry Spotlight

Video Recap: Ready. Safe. Travel. Summit

Last week, 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.

“We Are Safe!“

In this second segment of the Summit, a group of esteemed travel suppliers – Chris Crowley, partner at Nina and Pinta; Jeff Berk, CEO of Tripkicks; Nick Careen, senior vice president of airport passenger cargo & security for IATA; and Nan Park, vice president of global business development for CIBT – shared how new travel processes and protocols will be scaled to ensure traveler safety along with new products and services that will restore travel confidence.

Watch the Video >>


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

COVID: Airline Industry Travel Pass Ready ‘Within Weeks’ (BBC)

Major U.S. Airlines Will Voluntarily Collect International Contact Tracing Info (REUTERS)

United Airlines Engine Failure on Boeing 777 Flight from Colorado: What Travelers Need to Know (USA TODAY)

Low-Cost Airlines Will Lead Post-COVID Recovery, Says GlobalData (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Hospitality Industry News

IHG Looks to Mid-Market Brands and Digital Developments to Help Recovery (PHOCUSWIRE)

Marriott Bets on the ‘Bleisure’ Lifestyle (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL)

Hilton Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center Opens for Business (4HOTELIERS)

More Industry News

UK Lockdown Exit Plan Leads to Surge in Bookings (SIMPLE FLYING)


On March 8, 2021, WINiT once again will honor the women, men, and organizations who have led the way in promoting this important mission at the second WINiT Awards and Virtual Gala.

Learn More >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Lebanon – Health Officials Further Ease COVID-19 Restrictions

Turkey – Health Officials Begin to Ease COVID-19 Restrictions in Some Provinces

United Kingdom – Government Outlines Timetable for Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions

United States – Health Officials in West Virginia Ease Business and Gathering Restrictions Due to Decreases in COVID-19 Activity

United States – Health Officials in Washington, DC Keep Existing Business and Travel Restrictions to Curb Spread of COVID-19


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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