Daily News Brief – January 8, 2021

Don’t Miss Next Week’s GBTA Europe Town Hall: What Does Brexit Mean for Business Travel?

Thursday, January 14 | 2:00 PM GMT

After more than four years of intensive negotiation Brexit has finally happened and a deal has been struck between the UK and EU, but what does this mean for business travel? Experts from GBTA’s lobbying firm Grayling from the UK and Brussels will outline what has been agreed upon and what travel managers need to consider.

Join our first GBTA Europe Town Hall of 2021 to hear about the impact of Brexit on the business travel industry, exciting committee updates, and GBTA plans for 2021.

Learn More >>


COVID-19 News

Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine Makers ‘Encouraged’ By Study That Shows Vaccine Appears to Work Against Variants (CNN)

Washington State to Ease Some COVID-19 Restrictions (REPUBLIC WORLD)

Denmark Developing Digital COVID-19 ‘Vaccine Passport’ (REUTERS)


Professional Development

Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™
Virtual Course Begins Next Week – Register Today!

Jump start your professional development in 2021 with GBTA’s Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™. This virtual course builds off of the Fundamentals curriculum and 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.

Register Now >>


Call for Proposals

GBTA Convention 2021:
Call for Proposals Deadline Extended!

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.

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].


Industry Spotlight

Last Call for Volunteers – Seamlessly Integrating ACTE Within GBTA
Lend Your Expertise to Advance Our Industry

With the recent acquisition of the key assets of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), GBTA has the unique opportunity to unite the best of two premier organizations in the business travel industry.

We need your help. We’re looking for volunteers from across the business travel world (Buyer, Supplier, Media, Member, Non-Member) who have expertise in the following areas to serve on the integration committee:

  • Blended research and education
  • Advocacy
  • Networking
  • Membership
  • Branding

A successful integration, with input from members across the Association, will ensure we get the most out of GBTA’s investment in ACTE’s brand and robust intellectual assets. To volunteer for this important effort, email your name, email address and a brief description of your area of interest and expertise to [email protected] by January 13, 2021. Potential volunteers will be contacted to discuss the project and its timeline and to answer any questions you may have.

Learn More >>


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.

Get Started >>


Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

WestJet Has Already Stopped Passengers Without COVID Tests (SIMPLE FLYING)

UK Introduces Pre-Travel-Testing – Everything You Need to Know (SIMPLE FLYING)

New Testing Requirements for Air Travel to Canada (4HOTELIERS)

Airlines Boost Staffing and Security After Assault on Capitol (CBS NEWS)

IATA Welcomes the Resumption of Air Connectivity Between Key Nations in the Middle East (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Which JetBlue Flights Have Mint Business Class? (SIMPLE FLYING)

Vistara to Fly Between Delhi and Frankfurt (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Hospitality Industry News

Will Augmented Reality Enhance the Hotel Stay of the Future? (HOSPITALITY NET)

The Young Hoteliers Summit Explores the Growing Trend of Travel Bubbles (HOSPITALITY NET)


GBTA Honorary Membership

GBTA will provide business travel professionals who have been displaced due to the impact of coronavirus and the global pandemic a GBTA Honorary Membership. This membership will be valid until August 1, 2021 or until finding employment. GBTA is committed to helping the business travel community stay connected during this challenging time.

Apply Now >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Australia – Authorities to Ease Restrictions in Northern Beaches, New South Wales from Jan. 10

France, Italy, Morocco and Spain – Storm Filomena to Bring Rain and Snow to Western Mediterranean Region Through Jan. 10

India – Activists to Protest on Maraimalai Adigal Salai in Puducherry Jan. 8-11

Japan and South Korea – Heavy Snowfall, Strong Winds, and High Waves Forecast

United States – Officials in Washington State to Launch Region-based System to Impose Restrictions Based on Local Coronavirus Disease Activity


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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