Daily News Brief – February 9, 2021

The COVID Travel Rebound Is Coming - Is Your Business Prepared?

It’s understandable that many companies, particularly those that depend on consumers traveling, are just trying to survive the winter. They’re working on extending their cash flow as much as possible to stay afloat – and while that is of course necessary, there’s an important moment in time coming up that just cannot be missed: the COVID rebound.



COVID-19 News

Fauci Says We Risk Creating More Powerful COVID-19 Variants If We Delay 2nd Shots of the Vaccine (BUSINESS INSIDER)

Israel’s Vaccination Results Point a Way Out of Virus Pandemic (THE NEW YORK TIMES)


GBTA Convention 2021

The Orange County Convention Center is Leading the Way in Safe Meetings:
Learn How This Year’s Venue for GBTA Convention is Holding Safe, Responsible, In-Person Events

Orlando continues to raise the bar for safe, in-person events, including more than 50 that have taken place at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) since July 2020. Our streak continued in the first week of 2021, when Surf Expo kicked off its annual meeting on schedule — and the convention’s organizers wouldn’t have it any other way. As Surf Expo Show Director Roy Turner explained, “A face-to-face event is important for our industry.”

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Call for Education Session Proposals

GBTA Convention 2021:
Submit an Education Session Proposal Today

GBTA is now accepting proposals for education sessions at GBTA Convention 2021, taking place in Orlando, FL from July 17-21. Our tradition of delivering the best education on the topics most relevant to business travel is only made possible by your participation.

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].

Deadline to Submit a Proposal is Friday, February 26.

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GBTA Conference 2021 Wiesbaden in Partnership with VDR:
Submit an Education Session Proposal Today

GBTA is now accepting proposals for education sessions at GBTA Conference 2021 Wiesbaden in Partnership with VDR, 13-15 October 2021.

New This Year—Session lengths are now 45 minutes to reflect the needs and considerations of our attendees. Submit a proposal today! Be part of the high-quality education programme that supports our conference theme of Ready.Safe.Travel. We want to hear about new approaches to managing travel; new technologies and best practices that will better equip our sector for year ahead.

Deadline to Submit a Proposal is Friday, February 26.

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 Industry Spotlight
Please Give Us Your Input – Take this Month’s GBTA Coronavirus Poll

Help GBTA monitor the impact of Coronavirus on the business travel industry. Please take 3-4 minutes to take GBTA’s monthly Coronavirus poll. We have removed some previous questions and added new questions concerning proposed government policies as they relate to testing, border closures and the return to travel. GBTA poll findings are used in government lobbying efforts and information campaigns.

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Job Board
Hotel Director of Sales

Newport, RI

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. 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 and franchise (if applicable.)

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Trending Industry News 

Aviation Industry News

Delta Extends Middle Seat Policy (FOX BUSINESS)

U.S. House Democrats Set to Back $14 Billion for Airline Workers, New Airport Aid (REUTERS)

The 9 Coolest Features of JetBlue’s Exclusive New Mint Business Class Suites That Will Soon Take Travelers to Europe (BUSINESS INSIDER)

Singapore’s Premium Heavy A350 Returns to World’s Longest Flight (SIMPLE FLYING)

Hospitality Industry News

U.K. Hotel Markets Showing 2021 Events Boost (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

IHG Hotels and Resorts Survey Reveals Desire to Resume Business Travel (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

7 Hospitality Trends That Require a Shift in Strategy (OTA INSIGHT)

More Industry News

Travellers on Business Travel Pass Scheme Required to Undergo Additional COVID-19 Tests (CHANNEL NEWS ASIA)


Ready. Safe. Travel. Summit
Wednesday, February 17 | 10:00 AM EST – 1:00 PM EST

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 Ready.Safe.Travel. Summit will ensure we address these relevant and timely issues and continue to move forward our industry.

Register Now >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Canada – Officials in Quebec and Ontario Ease Certain COVID-19-Related Restrictions

Europe – Heavy Snowfall and Strong Winds Forecast Across Eastern and Central Countries

Europe – Heavy Rainfall, Thunderstorms, Strong Winds, and Flooding Forecast Across Southeastern Countries

United States – Officials in New York State to Ease Certain Restrictions

United States – Officials in Rhode Island Have Eased Certain COVID-19 Restrictions

United States – Officials in West Virginia Ease Restrictions in 11 of the State’s 55 Counties



COVID-19 Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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