Daily News Brief – March 10, 2021

WINiT by GBTA Honors Leaders Who Are Driving Positive Change for Women in Business Travel

Ceremony recognizes women, men and companies working tirelessly to elevate and advance the mission of WINiT

GBTA held its second WINiT Awards & Gala March 8, 2021, to honor business travel professionals who are reinventing, leaning in, and creating momentum felt by those beyond their community and field.

The event, held virtually with more than 400 attendees, recognized recipients of the following awards:

  • Company Achievement Award: Fox World Travel
  • Woman of Influence Award: Chrissy Taylor, President & CEO, Enterprise Holdings
  • Best Mentor/Coach – Female: Beth Kinerk, Senior Vice President of sales, Avis Budget Group
  • Best Mentor/Coach – Male: David Kong, President & CEO, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • Rising Female Leader: Grace Knowlton, Associate of Global Travel & Expense, Blackstone
  • Founders Award: Holly Warner, Global Consulting Director for Experience Management, American Express Global Business Travel
  • Unsung Heroine Awards: Michelle (Mick) Lee, Managing Director and Global Head of General and Shared Services, BNY Mellon; and Dorothy Dowling, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  • Outstanding Woman of the Year Award: Allison Ausband, Senior Vice President of In-Flight Service, Delta Air Lines
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Regine Sixt, Senior Executive Vice President, Sixt International

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COVID-19 News 

Coronavirus Vaccine Updates: Number of Vaccinated Americans Surpass Confirmed Cases (ABC)

Coronavirus NY: New York Expanding Vaccine Eligibility to 60+ Starting Wednesday (ABC)

Global Tally of COVID Cases Tops 117 Million as Study Finds Pfizer-Biontech Vaccine Works Against Brazil Variant (MARKET WATCH)


Industry Webinar 

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s All-New Webinar:
Future-Proofing Your Travel Risk Policy: How Organizations Can Build Resilience Through Travel Risk Management

Presented by the GBTA Canada Risk Committee

March 11 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Does your organization need a separate travel risk policy? Is it just a COVID-thing? What about small businesses? Learn what organizations of all sizes are doing to build and implement travel risk policy that addresses not just security risks, but your employees’ health and wellness. Discuss what Duty of Care and Duty of Loyalty mean in the “new normal.” This session will provide expert advice for how organizations can use travel risk management to best position themselves for resilience in the future.

Learn More >>


Industry Spotlight 

Register Today to Meet Suzanne Neufang, GBTA CEO/Executive Director
Virtual Listening Tour Begins Next Week

Suzanne Neufang, GBTA’s new CEO/Executive Director, is starting off in her new role by listening to, and checking in with, you – our members, industry leaders, suppliers and sponsors. During this listening tour, Suzanne will provide an overview of her background, share her future vision for GBTA and take your questions/comments. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance of the meeting.

Register Today to Meet Suzanne at One of these Upcoming Events:



GBTA Europe Town Hall / Listening Tour
March 16 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
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United States

US East Region Listening Tour
March 23 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
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US Midwest Region Listening Tour
March 24 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
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US West Region Listening Tour
March 25 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
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Latin America

GBTA LATAM Town Hall / Listening Tour
March 25 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MEX
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Eastern Canada Listening Tour
March 29 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
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Western Canada Listening Tour
March 31 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
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Become a Ready. Safe. Travel. Specialist This May
Register Today! Early Bird Prices Increase March 31

Learn how to transition business travel, meetings, and its practices beyond the pandemic. Complete the virtual training program to become a Ready. Safe. Travel. Specialist.

Learn More and Register Now >>


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

Top Story

How IATA’s Travel Pass Will Help Eliminate Vaccine Certificate Fraud (SIMPLE FLYING)

Aviation Industry News

Boeing 737 MAX Return to Service Gathers Pace (SIMPLE FLYING)

All Nippon Airways to Trial IATA Travel Pass (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

US Airlines Adding Jobs, Extending Rebound from October Low (THE REPUBLIC)

Hospitality Industry News

Hyatt Plans to Utilize Mobile Health Passport, VeriFLY, for Meetings, Events and More (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Duetto Grows EMEA Portfolio by 40,000 Hotel Rooms (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)


More Industry News

China Unveils COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates for Cross-Border Travel (TRAVEL DAILY MEDIA)

Travelers Gaining Confidence, Time to Plan for Restart: IATA (TIMES OF INDIA)

A Year Later: How the Pandemic Has Affected Rental Car Companies in Dubai (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)

Video: Health Passports and Next Steps for COVID Travel Solutions (PHOCUSWIRE)

GBTA in the News


Ruin & Recovery (p.14) (BUSINESS TRAVEL NEWS EUROPE)


Please Give Us Your Input
Take this Month’s GBTA Coronavirus Poll

Help GBTA monitor the impact of Coronavirus on the business travel industry. Please take 3-4 minutes to take GBTA’s monthly Coronavirus poll. GBTA poll findings are used in government lobbying efforts and information campaigns.

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Upcoming Events 

National Security Roundtable: The Future of Travel Post COVID-19
March 30 | 2:00 PM EDT
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GBTA Canada Town Hall
April 7 | 2:00 PM EDT
Learn More >>

Career Builder from GBTA in Partnership with Dr. Lucy Rattrie
April 12
Learn More >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief

France – Further Unrest Possible in Greater Lyon

South Africa – Student Protest Continues at University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Thailand – Activists Plan to Gather at Chulalongkorn University’s Chakrapong Square in Bangkok

United States – Officials in Rhode Island Ease Certain COVID-19 Restrictions

United States – Some Cities and Counties in Missouri Ease COVID-19 Restrictions


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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