Daily News Brief – January 25, 2021
Dave Hilfman’s Monday Memo to GBTA Members
I can’t believe we’re already nearing the end of January. To me, it feels like we’ve experienced about a year of activity in one month. Not sure about you but I’m just trying to catch my breath!
Here in the U.S., we’ve seen the inauguration of a new president and vice president, the ushering in of the Biden/Harris administration, and they are already making their mark on our industry.
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel, which includes a temporary federal mandate requiring face coverings be worn on all domestic modes of public transportation; and the implementation of policies requiring international air travelers to produce a negative COVID-19 test prior to departing for the U.S. and to comply with CDC guidelines for self-isolation and self-quarantine upon arrival.
Companies Are Racing to Build Digital Passports for People to Prove They’ve Had the COVID Vaccine (CNBC)
US Passes 25m COVID Cases, Over a Quarter of World’s Infections (ALJAZEERA)
More Vaccines Could Be Coming Soon and They Could Be a Big Boost to the Rollout (CNN)
Responsible for Ground Transportation? Join Us Tomorrow for
Ground Transportation in 2021: A Focus on Business Travel New Normal
Tomorrow | 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
Made Possible by FREE NOW
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.
The nomination deadline is Friday, February 5.
Join Us on Thursday for a New GBTA France Webinar:
How to Make Your Hybrid Event a Success?
Thursday, 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
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GBTA released the results of its 15th coronavirus poll, the first in 2021 to measure the impact on business travel following the onset of the pandemic last year. The results find that more than half expect to return to office by Q3 this year and confidence is growing for a return to business travel.
WorldAware Intelligence Brief
Botswana and South Africa – Officials Warn of Heavy Rainfall and Flooding Across Multiple Regions Through Jan. 26
France – All Arrivals from EU via Air or Sea Required to Produce a Negative Coronavirus Disease Test
Norway – Most Arrivals Required to Present Negative Coronavirus Disease Test Taken Within 24 Hours
Thailand – Labor Activists to Rally at Government House in Bangkok
United States – Authorities in Wyoming Plan to Ease Gathering Restrictions
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
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