Daily News Brief – February 8, 2021

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Memo to GBTA Members

Last night I took part in a U.S. tradition with my son Marshall: watching the Super Bowl. While my favorite team wasn’t playing, it felt good to enjoy an annual event that was fun and celebratory. Plus, I love the commercials. I’m hoping for more of these experiences this year, as we start to see a light at the end of the tunnel in this pandemic.

In GBTA news, last week we held one of our most popular webinars of the year: The Business Travel Index (BTI) Outlook. Nearly 1,200 attendees joined, including many journalists from around the world, to hear an analysis of 2020 challenges for the business travel industry as well as a recovery forecast for 2021 and beyond.



COVID-19 News

COVID Vaccine Rollout Gives US Hope amid Variant Concerns (BBC)

Vaccine Rollout Expected to Speed Up, Help Achieve Herd Immunity in the Coming Months (INTERNATIONAL POLICY DIGEST)


Industry Spotlight 

Register Now for an All-New Complimentary 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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Regional Town Halls

Don’t Miss Next Week’s GBTA Europe Town Hall

Tuesday, February 16 | 2:00 PM GMT

This webinar will provide an overview of GBTA’s BTI ™ Outlook for Western Europe. This critical industry report forecasts the economic outlook for the next 5 years and what is expected for business travel in the region.

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The GBTA BTI™ Outlook Was Made Possible By Enterprise



Save the Date for the Next GBTA Canada Town Hall!

Wednesday, February 24 | 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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The GBTA BTI™ Outlook Was Made Possible By Enterprise



Job Board 

Hotel Director of Sales
Durham, ND

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. Relative franchise experience a plus. 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 of Shaner Hotels and franchise (if applicable.) Minimum of five years of relative experience, preferably in both sales and catering. Relative franchise experience a plus. Solid background in sales and marketing. Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred. Excellent people management and problem resolution skills. Superior guest satisfaction skills. Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.

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Trending Industry News 

Aviation Industry News

Cathay Pacific Exempts First and Business Class Passengers from Mask Requirement (SIMPLE FLYING)

Qantas Looks at South Africa Again for Post-Crisis Route (SIMPLE FLYING)

Edinburgh Airport Adds Rapid COVID-19 Test Service (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Hospitality Industry News

Radisson Reinforces Its Position Across the Middle East (4HOTELIERS)

Booking.com Makes Changes to Hotel Cancellation and Deposit Policies (THE CATERER)

Call to Action for the European Hospitality Industry to Capitalise on Its Business Recovery During and Post Pandemic (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

More Industry News

Yatra Sees Improving India Domestic Market, International Remains Slow (PHOCUSWIRE)

How Payments Technology Will Fuel Travel Rebound (PHOCUSWIRE)



Call for Education Session Proposals: GBTA Conference 2021 – Wiesbaden in Partnership with VDR

Deadline is February 26.

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

France – Heavy Rainfall and Possible Flooding Forecast Nationwide

Indonesia – Journalists May Protest Nationwide Through Feb. 9 to Mark National Press Day

United States – Officials in New Jersey Have Eased Certain COVID-19-Related Business Restrictions

United States – Officials in Connecticut Have Modified Certain COVID-19 Restrictions

United States – Officials in Iowa Plan to Suspend COVID-Related Restrictions



COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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