Daily News Brief – January 27, 2021

COVID: Arrivals to England from Virus Hotspots Face Hotel Quarantine

British residents arriving in England from COVID hotspots will have to quarantine in hotels, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced.

The measures will apply to people coming from most of South America, southern Africa and Portugal, amid concern over new variants of the virus.

Most overseas visitors from those countries are already barred from entering the UK.

But Labour said hotel quarantine should be mandatory for all arrivals.




COVID-19 News

Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Ian Brownlee and CDC Director for Global Migration and Quarantine Marty Cetron on New COVID Testing Requirements for International Travelers (US DEPARTMENT OF STATE)

China Reports Decline in New COVID-19 Cases (REUTERS)

Germany: COVID-19 Cases Decline for 4th Day in a Row (ANADALOU AGENCY)

New York to Ease Some Covid-19 Restrictions as Cases Decline (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL)


Industry Webinars 

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 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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Join Us for Tomorrow’s GBTA France Webinar:
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Tomorrow | 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.

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Professional Development 

Learn the Basics of Business Travel:
Register Today for the Fundamentals of Business Travel Management™

Virtual Event

Designed as a comprehensive guide to the key areas of managed travel, GBTA’s Fundamentals curriculum includes a full range of topics including safety, policy, trends, performance and more. Participants in this course gain a better understanding of business travel management and make themselves indispensable to the business travel needs of their organization.

The core curriculum includes:

  • Overview of Travel Management
  • Travel Policy
  • Creating a Service Model
  • Strategic Sourcing / Vendor Management
  • Travel Technology Basics
  • Data and Analytics / Measuring Success
  • Travel Risk Management

*Participants will need to complete a recorded session and prep work prior to each virtual session.

Course begins March 2 and runs weekly throughout the month.

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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

While You Weren’t Looking: Revised Airline Policies May Make Flying Better (THE NEW YORK TIMES)

United App Now Accepts Flyers’ COVID Test, Vaccine Info (PHOCUSWIRE)

Ryanair Eyes Alitalia’s Slots at Italy’s Major Airports (SIMPLE FLYING)

American Airlines Issues Skiplagging Warning to Travel Agents (SIMPLE FLYING)

Hospitality Industry News

WorldHotels Begins a New Era of Hybrid Conventions in Japan (4HOTELIERS)

Hyatt Offers Seamless Travel Experience with Complimentary COVID-19 Testing (4HOTELIERS)

More Industry News

NEF Spotlight: Mapping the Travel Sector’s Recovery (MCKINSEY)

GBTA Poll: Confidence Is Growing for a Return to Business Travel (HOTEL NEWS RESOURCE)


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.


WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Australia – Authorities to Ease Coronavirus Disease-Related Restrictions in Greater Sydney

India – Transport Workers Call off Strike in Assam State

Italy – Air and Rail Transport Workers to Hold Nationwide Strike

Ecuador – Union Group Calls for Nationwide Protests

Europe – Heavy Precipitation, including Rain and Snow, and Strong Winds Forecast Across Southeastern and Eastern Europe


 COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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