Daily News Brief – January 20, 2021

Why Bill Gates Is Wrong and Business Travel Won’t Die in 2021

The COVID‐19 pandemic will no doubt drastically change the way business gets done moving forward, especially when it comes to travel. Microsoft co‐founder Bill Gates has even predicted that over 50% of business travel will go away permanently now that remote work and virtual meetings have become the norm.



COVID-19 News

Brazil Begins COVID Vaccinations amid Delay of Ingredient Imports (AL JAZEERA)

What We Now Know — And Don’t Know — About the Coronavirus Variants (STAT NEWS)

EU Preps for Vaccine Passport Framework (PYMNTS)


Industry Webinar 

Responsible for Ground Transportation? Don’t Miss Next Week’s 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. This webinar will provide insights into the impact of COVID-19 on ground transportation, the role of sustainability in the mobility ecosystem, and how business travelers and travel managers perceive corporate ground transportation policies.


•  Saša Savić, VP Commercial FREE NOW for Business
•  Chris Ely, Research Director GBTA

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GBTA Convention 2021
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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.

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Professional Development
GBTA Academy Career Path

GBTA Professional Development is designed to power the careers of business travel professionals using education and certification to fuel recognition and advancement. Education and training makes individuals more knowledgeable and competitive in the marketplace. GBTA provides education for business travel professionals at every level of his/her career; whether you are new to business travel management or have decades of experience there is always a “next step” on the GBTA Career Path.

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New York Travel Specialist
New York, NY

We are looking for an experienced travel specialist to help manage travel logistics to-and-from our New York office for the entire Jane Street community, including employees, candidates, program attendees, and clients. This role is an exciting opportunity to shape the foundation of a growing team at our firm.

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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

US FAA Extends Slot Relief Through October (SIMPLE FLYING)

Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Trial Vaccination ‘Travel Pass’ (EXECUTIVE TRAVELLER)

Air New Zealand Outlines Network Plan Until July (SIMPLE FLYING)

Air Charter Service Reveals Private Jet Travel Predictions For 2021 (EGLOBAL TRAVEL MEDIA)

More Industry News

Why Bill Gates Is Wrong and Business Travel Won’t Die in 2021 (PHOCUSWIRE)

Business Travel Will Come Back More Sophisticated with Bigger Role for TMCs, Says Amadeus (WEB IN TRAVEL)

Business Travel Trends: The Travel Consultant of the Future (BIZ COMMUNITY)

Hospitality Industry News

VIDEO: Hilton on an Evolving Digital Environment for Accommodation (PHOCUSWIRE)

IHG and City Tattersalls Club to Open Hotel Indigo Sydney Centre in 2025 (4HOTELIERS)


GBTA Launches New Global Committee Focusing on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

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The diversity, equality and inclusion committee, comprised of global members, will strive to bring to light many of the issues facing travelers and co-workers in the workplace, whilst traveling or attending meetings, or handling travel needs.

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Caribbean Netherlands – Authorities Lift Travel Ban; Coronavirus Disease Testing Requirements and Quarantine Orders Remain

Ireland and United Kingdom – Authorities Issue Warnings for Heavy Rain Jan. 19-21

New Zealand – Severe Weather to Continue in Southern and Western South Island Through Early Jan. 21

Philippines – Officials Close Kalibo International Airport in Aklan Province Through Jan. 21

United States – Authorities in Illinois Ease Restrictions in Most Counties


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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