Daily News Brief – January 11, 2021

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Memo to GBTA Members

I was going to start this Monday morning memo out with the standard Happy New Year greeting but with all that happened last week in Washington D.C., it seemed a little awkward. We’ve all been through so much the past year with the pandemic and frankly I was just looking forward to a smooth and uneventful start to 2021. Obviously that didn’t happen.

I know we all condemn the violence that occurred at the nation’s Capitol and mourn those who were lost. Personally, I will forever be the eternal optimist and am confident we will work through our differences as a country. We’re always better together.



COVID-19 News

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions by State: See Testing, Quarantine Requirements (USA TODAY)

See How the Vaccine Rollout Is Going in Your State (THE NEW YORK TIMES)


GBTA Regional Townhall 

Don’t Miss Thursday’s GBTA Europe Town Hall:
What Does Brexit Mean for Business Travel?

Thursday, January 14 | 2:00 PM GMT

After more than four years of intensive negotiation Brexit has finally happened and a deal has been struck between the UK and EU, but what does this mean for business travel? Experts from GBTA’s lobbying firm Grayling from the UK and Brussels will outline what has been agreed upon and what travel managers need to consider.

Join our first GBTA Europe Town Hall of 2021 to hear about the impact of Brexit on the business travel industry, exciting committee updates, and GBTA plans for 2021.

Learn More >>


Industry Webinar 

Register Today for an All-New Webinar:
Ground Transportation in 2021: A Focus on Business Travel New Normal

Tuesday, January 26 | 9:00 AM ET | 3:00 PM CET

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected the global economy and business travel is not exempt from severe economic fallout. GBTA, in partnership with FREE NOW for Business, will discuss the results of a recent white paper on ground transportation in Europe.

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Professional Development

Demonstrate Your Industry Knowledge:
Earn Your Global Travel Professional® (GTP) Certification

Brought to you by GBTA Academy, The GTP® Certification is designed to raise industry standards, enhance work performance, and recognize individuals who demonstrate core competencies essential to the business travel management discipline. On average, GTP® Certification holders earn over 7% more than buyers who did not have the certification. (Source: 2019 Travel Buyer Compensation and Benefits Report)

The Spring Exam application deadline is March 24, 2021. Virtual proctoring now available.

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Job Board 

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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

Emirates Airline Plans to Expand Services to U.S. From Dubai (BLOOMBERG)

Airlines Need New Data Sources to Predict Demand and Gain Flexibility (PHOCUSWIRE)

New COVID-19 Testing Provider, TACKL Health, Begins Service at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

EGO Airways: Italy’s Newest Airline (ONE MILE AT A TIME)

Hospitality Industry News

Hoteliers Expect Group Business to Begin to Return in Late 2021 (COSTAR)

Singapore Is Trying to Entice Business Travelers to Return with a Luxury ‘4-Star’ Bubble Hotel to Stay in for 14 Days Before Entering the Country (BUSINESS INSIDER)

Hotelbeds Signs Strategic Partnership with Rosewood Hotel Group (4HOTELIERS)

Marriott to Unveil AC Property in Downtown Orlando (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)


GBTA Convention 2021:

Call for Proposals Deadline Extended!

The GBTA Convention 2021 Call for Proposals (CFP) submission deadline has been extended to Friday, February 26, 2021. 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.

Learn More and Submit a Proposal Today >>

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].


WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Australia – Officials to Ease Coronavirus Disease Rules in Greater Brisbane Jan. 11-22

United Kingdom – Authorities Mandate All International Arrivals Must Produce Negative Coronavirus Disease Test Results Before Departing for England or Scotland

United States – Officials in Minnesota to Ease Certain Restrictions

United States – Officials in Iowa Ease Certain Coronavirus Disease-related Gathering Restrictions

United States – Storm System to Bring Period of Snow to Portions of Southwestern Jan. 11-12


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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