Daily News Brief – March 4, 2021

Update on Project Unite

Project Unite, focused on the integration of GBTA and ACTE, has been making progress and we’d like to provide you with this update.

At the beginning of February, we completed the analysis of over 1,200 global responses to the survey that was conducted to gather thoughts on what people have enjoyed from the two associations, what wasn’t working and what can be done to create a stronger GBTA.

Here is a sampling of the key findings from the survey:

  • Networking, education and research are some of the most important member benefits, albeit in different order in different parts of the world
  • The survey participants indicated how they believe a range of events, from smaller events (500 attendees or fewer), to peer-to-peer formats for direct benchmarking and networking, along with larger global conferences, would provide them with the most value
  • Past ACTE conference attendees were more inclined to feel the mixture of education, networking and exhibit time was “just right” whereas past GBTA convention attendees would like to see more time for education and networking.  As an aside, the GBTA July Convention planning committee has expanded the education sessions from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.

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COVID-19 News

Updated Coronavirus Vaccines Can Be Fast-Tracked Like Flu Jabs (BBC)

EU Starts Sputnik Review, Germany to Ease Curbs: Virus Update (BLOOMBERG)


Industry Spotlight

Just a Few Days Left Until the WINiT by GBTA Virtual Awards Gala
Join Us as We Honor These Trailblazing Industry Leaders!

On March 8, 2021, WINiT once again will honor the women, men, and organizations who have led the way in promoting this important mission at the second WINiT by GBTA Virtual Awards Gala.

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Announcing the Top 50 Women in Travel

GBTA recently announced the Top 50 Women in Travel, a distinguished group of professionals who are promoting the important mission of WINiT by GBTA while also serving as the best and brightest in their own careers. These outstanding women leaders will be honored at the WINiT by GBTA Virtual Awards Gala on March 8.

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Industry Webinar 

Save the Date for Next Week’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.

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Professional Development 

Looking for a Better Understanding of Business Travel Management Practices?
Register Today for the Fundamentals of Business Travel Management™

Deadline Extended to March 8


GBTA’s Fundamentals curriculum includes a full range of topics including safety, policy, trends, performance and more. Participants in this course gain a better understanding of business travel management and make themselves indispensable to the business travel needs of their organization.

*Participants will need to complete a recorded session and prep work prior to each virtual session.

Register today to save your spot! Course runs weekly throughout the month of March.

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Scholarships Now Available!

This course is eligible for the GBTA Academy Scholarship Program. All GBTA Members and Chapter Members can apply. Visit our website to learn more and submit an application.


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

Air Baltic to Trial IATA Travel Pass (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Lufthansa to Launch New Business Class on 787s or A350s (SIMPLE FLYING)

British Airways Offers Discounted Rapid Antigen Tests (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Japan Airlines Resumes Nonstop Flights to Tokyo from San Diego International Airport (AVIATION PROS)

More Industry News

As COVID-19 Cases Trend Downward, More People Comfortable to Travel; Support for Vaccine Passports Exist (JDPOWER)

Spain Considers Travel Corridor with UK (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Sixt SE Announces Senior Management Succession Plan (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)

What the Recent TripActions Investment Means for the Rest of Us in Business Travel (PHOCUSWIRE)


Deadline Extended!

There is Still Time to Submit a Proposal for GBTA Conference 2021 – Wiesbaden in Partnership with VDR

We have extended the deadline to March 8 to submit a proposal for education sessions at GBTA Conference 2021 – Wiesbaden in Partnership with VDR, 13-15 October 2021.

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Australia and New Caledonia – Tropical Cyclone Niran Tracking Southeastward in Coral Sea off Queensland

Hungary – Health Officials Ease COVID-19-related Entry Restrictions for Some Business Travelers

Malaysia – Bus Operators Likely to Rally at Sabah State Administrative Center in Kota Kinabalu through Mid-March

United States – Officials in California Ease Restrictions in Seven Counties

United States – Officials in Louisiana Ease Several Business and Gathering Restrictions

United States – Officials in Indiana Ease Restrictions Implemented to Curb Spread of COVID-19


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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