Daily News Brief – July 30, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Is Critical to Restart Travel Safely

COVID-19 Testing Is Critical to Restart Travel Safely

GBTA Urges the EU to Boost Testing Capabilities

(BRUSSLES, BELGIUM) As the travel industry braces for a second COVID-19 wave, GBTA, the Global Business Travel Association, calls for widening testing capabilities and requirements across the EU as a better alternative to blanket travel restrictions. “Sudden and unilateral shifts in government response, such as imposition of quarantines or border closures, take a heavy toll on the travel industry, further impeding economic recovery and causing chaos for travellers”, says Dave Hilfman, new Executive Director of GBTA and airline industry veteran. “Increased testing is what we need to restart travel safely. It will restore confidence and revive travel demand whilst preventing new waves of infection. Borders cannot stay closed indefinitely, the economy needs trade to resume with people back to work and travelling”. Continue Reading >>


COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Live Updates: Global Infections Top 17 Million; Australia Reports New Daily Record Cases (CNBC)

As US Passes 150,000 Coronavirus Deaths, Experts at Johns Hopkins Call for Reset in National Response (CNN)

Russia Claims It Will Soon Approve the World’s First COVID-19 Vaccine, But Major Questions Remain (CNN)

More Helpful Articles/Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

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 Industry Spotlight 


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GBTA Academy Webinar

Tech Safari: New Virtual Series

Presented by GBTA Technology Committee, the Tech Safari Series showcases new technologies launching cutting-edge solutions that solve COVID-19 immediate issues and needs. Three companies, identified and vetted by the GBTA Technology Committee, will reveal their new product and/or solution. Panel members will question the technology’s usability in corporate travel, explore the product’s availability, and identify the audience(s) that will benefit from its use. Join us August 6 at 11:00am EST.

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Trending Industry News 

Aviation Industry News

JetBlue Trials New Ultraviolet Onboard Cleaning System (SIMPLE FLYING)

Airline Mask Requirements Encourage More People to Travel (VOA NEWS)

Airport Industry Reaffirms Commitment to Climate Action As Aviation Takes First Steps Towards Post-COVID-19 Recovery (TRAVEL INDUSTRY WIRE)

Pacific Airlines Enters Strategic Partnership with Sabre to Power Industry Recovery and Growth (TRAVEL INDUSTRY WIRE)

Ground Transportation Industry News

ACRA Supports Senate Liability Proposal (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)

How Car Rental Companies Are Responding to COVID-19 (TRAVEL PULSE)

Hospitality Industry News

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Launches Meeting with Purpose (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

More Industry News

WTTC Launches Insurance Guidelines for the Travel & Tourism Sector (TRAVEL INDUSTRY WIRE)


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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Europe – Excessive Heatwave to Persist Across Southern Parts

Germany – Rival Activist Groups to Protest in Berlin, July 31-Aug. 2

Japan – Rail Disruptions Occurring on Tohoku and Senseki-Tohoku Lines in Sendai Following Train Derailment

Mexico and United States – Heatwave to Persist Across Parts of Western Regions

United States – Officials in Illinois Maintain Some Restrictions

United States – Localized Strong-to-Severe Storms Could Bring Flooding to Central, Southern Parts


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