Daily News Brief – January 22, 2021

We Want to Hear From You! GBTA/ACTE Project Unite

With GBTA’s acquisition of the key assets of ACTE, we have the opportunity to bring the best of both organizations to the business travel industry. Done well, the additive effect of integrating key components of ACTE with GBTA will give our members better education offerings, access to a more comprehensive global professional network and a stronger voice advocating for business travel all over the world.

We are reaching out globally for individuals to spend approximately 5 minutes to complete the following survey. Your expertise and candid feedback are of utmost importance as we move forward.

To take the survey, please click here.

Thank you in advance for your time. With your input, we can unite our industry and achieve great things.

Best regards,

GBTA / ACTE Project Unite Task Force

Christle Johnson, Chairperson, GBTA
Vice President Travel & Business Services, Johnson Downie LLC

Greeley Koch
Senior Vice President, DigiTravel Consulting


COVID-19 News

Fauci Says U.S. Coronavirus Infections May Be Plateauing, Vaccines Should Protect Against New Variants (REUTERS)

Takeaways from Biden’s COVID-19 Executive Orders: Experts Celebrate Plan, Warn ‘A Lot of Work’ Is Left (USA TODAY)


Industry Webinars 

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

Learn More and Register >>

Made Possible by FREE NOW


Don’t Miss 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 travellers.



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

Learn More and Register >>


Made Possible by Enterprise


Join Us Next Week 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 >>


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

Qatar Airways to Resume Atlanta Services (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Turkish Airlines Achieves ‘Diamond’ Status in Health and Safety (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Skycanner Identifies Unserved Routes to Help Aviation Partners in Recovery (4HOTELIERS)

Hawaiian Airlines Expands Pre-Clear Travel Program (MAUI NOW)

Hospitality Industry News

Rooms for Improvement: 3 Ways to Approach Hotel Sourcing in 2021 (SOURCE)

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Amex GBT Lands Ovation Travel Group (BUSINESS TRAVEL NEWS)

Eurostar’s Future Looks More Secure (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)


WINiT Awards & Virtual Gala 2021: Nominate an Industry Leader Today!

WINiT by GBTA, the only group of its kind in the business travel industry, is now accepting nominations for the WINiT Virtual Awards and Gala. WINiT, a network driving positive change for the career advancement of women in travel-related industries, will honor the women, men, and organizations who have led the way in promoting this important mission at its WINiT Awards & Virtual Gala 2021 on March 8.

Learn More >>

The nomination deadline is February 5, 2021.


WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Australia – Australia Day Protests and Celebrations to Take Place Nationwide Jan. 26

Europe – Storm Systems to Bring Rounds of Rain and Snow to Much of Western and Central Europe

New Zealand – Lingering Flight Disruptions Likely at Invercargill Airport due to Bomb Scare

Slovenia – Authorities Ease COVID-19-related Domestic Restrictions

United States – Officials in Massachusetts to Ease Some Restrictions, Extend Others

United States – Officials in Washington, DC, to Ease Certain Coronavirus Disease Restrictions


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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