Daily News Brief – January 4, 2021

Brexit: How the New Rules Will Change Your Visits to the EU

From holidays and health to mobile phones, we explain what has changed for consumers. Before Brexit, UK citizens could travel, live, go on holiday and work anywhere in the EU without any special permits or visas. As of 1 January 2021 that is no longer the case. The Guardian’s Money team has spent the week poring over the many pages of documentation to explain how Brexit will affect you.

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COVID-19 News

Oxford Vaccine Approval ‘Offers Hope’ for Trade (TRAVEL WEEKLY)

UK Becomes World’s First to Roll out Oxford/Astrazeneca Vaccine as Cases Surge (CNN)


GBTA Convention 2021 

Unite in Solidarity for Business Travel:
Register Now for GBTA Convention 2021

A thriving business travel industry is critical for a strong economy. GBTA recently launched the “Ready.Safe.Travel.” campaign to push for unity and a safe return to business travel through advocacy, education, and awareness. To do our part in this effort, GBTA is bringing our industry together July 17-21 for GBTA Convention 2021 in Orlando, Florida to unite in solidarity for business travel.

Attendees can expect to engage with the most innovative suppliers in the industry, relevant and actionable education and unlimited networking opportunities.

Registration rates increase January 30.

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Call for Proposals 

GBTA Convention 2021:
Submit an Education Session Proposal

GBTA is now accepting proposals for education sessions at GBTA Convention 2021 in Orlando, FL from July 17-21. Our tradition of delivering the best education on the topics most relevant to business travel is only made possible by your participation.

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. Our highest-rated presenters have challenged conventional wisdom and have been willing to share real “lessons learned.”

The deadline to submit an education session proposal is this Friday, January 8.

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Professional Development

Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™
Register Now for the Virtual Course

The Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™ course builds off of the Fundamentals curriculum to aid business travel professionals in increasing their knowledge of the industry while also expanding on their professional skills. This course is designed for travel buyers overseeing a managed business travel program and suppliers offering travel-related products and services.

The core curriculum includes:

  • Travel Policy Compliance
  • Travel Risk Management
  • Data Strategy
  • Category Management, Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management

Course dates are January 15, January 22, January 29, and February 5.

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Job Board

Is Your Company Hiring?

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

Qantas to Resume Acceptance of International Flight Bookings (SIMPLE FLYING)

The World’s Safest Airlines for 2021 Revealed (CNN)

US Airways to Begin New Service from Philadelphia to Charleston, Lexington and Memphis (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

World’s Top Twenty COVID-19 Compliant Airlines (AIRLINE RATINGS)

LAX Launches COVID-19 Rapid Test Facility (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Korean Air Returns to Almost All North American Destinations (SIMPLE FLYING)

India-UK Flights to Resume from Jan 6, 2021 (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Hospitality Industry News

Wyndham Rolls out Mobile Check-In to 6,000 North American Properties (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

More Industry News

Plotting Post-Pandemic Travel: Six Technology Trends Set to Transform Air Travel in 2021 (TTG ASIA)


Member Benefit: GBTA On Demand

GBTA On Demand is comprised of GBTA Collaboratory webinars, education sessions from events, archived webinars, Industry Voices Interviews and more.

This GBTA member only benefit includes access to nearly 2,000 videos on the latest topics and trends in the business travel industry. Watch a quick video on how to navigate GBTA On Demand. Not a member? Join today.


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Australia – Tropical Cyclone Imogen Makes Landfall in Queensland

Malaysia – Flooding Occurring in Parts of Eastern Coast of Peninsular

Norway – Authorities Lift Travel Ban on All Direct Flights with the UK

United Kingdom – Authorities Temporarily Suspend Inbound Flights at Edinburgh Airport due to Inclement Weather

Venezuela – Authorities Likely to Continue Flexible Quarantine Measures through Early January


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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