Daily News Brief – January 29, 2021

Analysis: Dip in Travel Confidence as EU Faces New Challenge

With new COVID-19 variants emerging and cases rising, growing confidence in business travel’s recovery took a hit in the closing months of 2020 – but Q3 of 2021 is still viewed as the moment when it could return in meaningful volumes. The shift in current business travel activity was identified in the European results of GBTA’s latest poll and reflects concerns around new COVID variants when the research was conducted in December.



COVID-19 News

How COVID-19 Vaccines Were Developed in Record Time, Without Compromising Safety (ABC)

Johnson & Johnson Single-Shot Vaccine 85% Effective Against Severe COVID-19 Disease (ABC)


Industry Webinar 

Explore the Findings of GBTA’s Annual BTI™ Report
Don’t Miss Next Tuesday’s Webinar:
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 Proposals

GBTA Conference 2021 Wiesbaden in Partnership with VDR:
Call for Education Session Proposals Now Open!

GBTA is now accepting proposals for education sessions at GBTA Conference 2021 Wiesbaden in Partnership with VDR, taking place October 13-15 in Wiesbaden, Germany.

As the industry prepares for the return to travel we want to ensure that our attendees are as informed and prepared as possible with a high-quality education programme that supports our conference theme of Ready.Safe.Travel. We want to hear about new approaches to managing travel; new technologies and best practices that will better equip our sector for year ahead.

Share your experience with the industry and submit a proposal today!

Deadline to Apply is Friday, February 26.

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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. 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.

Deadline to Apply is Friday, February 26.

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].


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Easyjet Survey Reveals That Two Thirds of Consumers Are Planning to Travel This Year (WEBWIRE)

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WINiT Awards & Virtual Gala – Nominate an Industry Leader Today!

Shine a light on individuals and companies doing leading-edge work when it comes to supporting women in the business travel workplace. Nominations now open for GBTA’s WINiT Awards. Winners will be recognized in front of industry members at the March 8 Awards & Virtual Gala.

*New for 2021: There is no cost to submit nominations.

Learn More >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

China – Officials in Taiwan to Impose Some Controls on Train Ridership

Cyprus – Authorities to Ease Some Coronavirus Disease-Related Business Restrictions from Feb. 1

Italy – Florence Airport to Close for Runway Resurfacing from Feb. 1 – March 20

Japan – Heavy Snowfall, Strong Winds, and High Waves Forecast Across Northern and Western Parts

South Pacific/Oceania – Multiple Nations and Territories Continue to Adjust Coronavirus Disease-related Measures


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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