Daily News Brief – January 21, 2021

GBTA Poll: More Than Half Expect to Return to Office by Q3

Confidence is growing for a return to business travel

GBTA released the results from its 15th coronavirus poll, the first in 2021, to measure the impact on business travel following the onset of the pandemic last year.

The latest survey finds that more than half of respondents expect most of their employees will return to the office by Q3, in line with a return to non-essential business travel and a growth in traveler confidence.

“While we continue to face challenges for our industry, there is light at the end of the tunnel and projections for a return to some normality remain positive for Q3,” said Dave Hilfman, interim Executive Director of GBTA. “The global roll out of vaccination programs continues to be a key driver in restoring traveler confidence, but uncertainty remains around traveler requirements for a return to business travel, whether this be pre-testing, testing on arrival or proof of vaccine. GBTA will continue to lobby on behalf of members for clarity and a consistent approach among governments.”



COVID-19 News

UK Scientists to Update COVID-19 Vaccine to Resist New Variants (ARAB NEWS)

Biden Looks to Galvanize COVID-19 Fight, Vaccinations as He Takes Office (REUTERS)


Industry Webinar 

Responsible for Ground Transportation? Join Us Next Tuesday for
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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Register Now for an All-New Webinar featuring GBTA’s Annual BTI™ Report:
2020 Business Travel Index – Data and Insights

Tuesday, February 2 | 11:00 AM ET – 12:30 PM ET

The eagerly-anticipated annual GBTA BTI™ report will be released in February. Join us for a webinar where GBTA, in partnership with Rockport Analytics, will discuss the results of the annual study of global business travel spending patterns and reveal trends and regions where business travel is recovering. Following a turbulent year which has had a huge impact on both the global economy and business travel, this webinar promises to deliver key data points and applicable ways to utilize this information to promote a safe return to travel for your corporate travelers.



•  Jon Gray, Principal, Rockport Analytics
•  Chris Ely, Director of Research, GBTA

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Call for Presentations

Share Your Industry Knowledge at GBTA Convention 2021:
Submit an Education Session Proposal

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.

We are seeking industry professionals to contribute new ideas, solutions, and innovations for current issues and challenges that confront the travel industry. Now more than ever, content focused on the industry’s recovery will be critical.

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].


Job Board 
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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Join Us for a New GBTA France Webinar:
How to Make Your Hybrid Event a Success?

January 28 | 11:00 AM CET

According to a recent BCD study, 64% of companies surveyed preferred a hybrid event format in 2021. Join this webinar to learn about the challenges and keys to success in executing hybrid events.

*This event will be conducted in French

Learn More >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Australia – South Australia Eases Some Coronavirus Disease Restrictions

Australia – Queensland to Ease Coronavirus Disease Measures in Greater Brisbane

Indonesia – Officials Maintain Orange Alert Level at Mount Merapi in Central Java

France – Two Activist Groups to Hold Separate Protests in Central Paris

United States – Officials in Tennessee Ease Coronavirus Disease-Related Gathering Restrictions Through Feb. 27


COVID-19 Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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