Daily News Brief – January 26, 2021

Top Business Travel Markets Will Reshuffle in 2021

This year, Orlando, Fla., will be hosting the Global Business Travel Association’s annual convention. As business travel slowly rebounds, expect populated cities in more “open” states like Texas and Florida to bounce back before the historically most popular business travel destinations like New York City. First, the pandemic restrictions won’t be that much different, especially in the first half of 2021. There is a new contagious Covid-19 strain in the U.S., and the World Health Organization said 2021 “could be even tougher.” At the moment, it’s unclear how long the vaccine guarantees immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.



COVID-19 News

COVID-19: U.S. Virus Cases Fall as Variants Spread (THE NEW YORK TIMES)

The Pandemic Is Finally Softening. Will That Last? (THE ATLANTIC)

EU Pressures AstraZeneca to Deliver Vaccines as Promised (ASSOCIATED PRESS)


 Industry Webinar 

Don’t Miss Next Week’s Webinar Featuring GBTA’s Annual BTI™ Report:
2020 Business Travel Index – Data and Insights

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

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 Proposals 

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

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].


Professional Development

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

Brought to you by the 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.

Dates for the Spring Exam are April 24 – May 29. The 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

New COVID-19 Test Requirement for International Flights to the US Begins; Are Travelers (And Airlines) Ready? (USA TODAY)

Meet the Airline Launching in the Middle of the Pandemic (FORTUNE)

Airlines Issue Travel Waivers as Winter Storms Target Southwest, Midwest (USA TODAY)

United Airlines Has a New Online Feature to Help You Get ‘Travel-Ready’ Amid COVID-19 (TRAVEL AND LEISURE)


Indianapolis International Airport Is Getting a New Airline (INDY STAR)

Masks Required on German Airlines (TRAVEL WEEKLY)

Hospitality Industry News

Minor Enters into a Partnership to Fuel China Expansion (4HOTELIERS)

More Industry News

Business Travel Is Back and It’s Weirder Than Ever Before (WIRED)

WTTC Publish Measures for Integrating Health and Hygiene Protocols into Company Culture (4HOTELIERS)



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 Friday, February 5.


WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Canada and United States – System to Bring Rounds of Heavy Snowfall, Ice, and Strong Winds to Multiple Regions

China – Officials Relax Some Movement, Gathering Controls in Parts of Hebei Province

China – Periodic Air Pollution Likely to Continue in Northern Regions Through March

Europe – Heavy Snowfall and Strong Winds Forecast Across Portions of Eastern Europe

Fiji – Heavy Rainfall and Strong Winds Forecast to Continue in Multiple Regions Through at Least Jan. 28



COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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