Daily News Brief – March 8, 2021

The First Real-World Data for COVID Vaccines Is in - And It’s Really Good News

The first real-world data for COVID-19 vaccines is in – and the vaccines’ effectiveness have once-again shot past scientists’ expectations. Vaccines are typically less effective in the real-world than in clinical trials. But in data from Israel and the United Kingdom, both of whom have managed to vaccinate a large slice of their population, vaccine effectiveness appears to be matching that seen in clinical trials. (SOURCE: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD)

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COVID-19 News 

India’s COVID Vaccine Rollout “Rescued The World”: Top US Scientist (NDTV)


Industry Webinar

Don’t Miss Thursday’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 

Demonstrate Your Industry Knowledge:
Earn Your Global Travel Professional® (GTP) Certification

Brought to you by GBTA Academy, The GTP® Certification is designed to raise industry standards, enhance work performance, and recognize individuals who demonstrate core competencies essential to the business travel management discipline. On average, GTP® Certification holders earn over 7% more than buyers who did not have the certification. (Source: 2019 Travel Buyer Compensation and Benefits Report)

The Spring Exam application deadline is March 24, 2021. Virtual proctoring now available.

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Scholarships Now Available!

The new GBTA Academy Global Scholarship Program is designed to make education accessible for hundreds of members by offering financial assistance. As a result, GBTA members will have increased access to valuable educational opportunities during this challenging time in our industry due to the pandemic.

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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

Etihad Extends COVID-19 Cover Through September (SIMPLE FLYING)

Coming Soon: An All Premium Economy Airbus A350 Startup Airline (SIMPLE FLYING)

Airlines Warn Passengers of Data Breach After Aviation Tech Supplier Is Hit by Cyberattack (ZD NET)

Hospitality Industry News

Singapore Builds World’s First ‘Bubble’ Hotel for Business Travelers to Skip Quarantine (SFGATE)

Hyatt Announces Global Expansion of Independent Collection Brands with New Hotel Openings And Developments Slated Through 2025 (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

More Industry News

Accor Says ‘It’s All Good’ to Travel (THE HOTEL CONVERSATION)

‘Vaccine Passports’ Will Help You Travel Abroad This Year. But They Won’t be Without Their Challenges (CNBC)

WTTC’s ‘Safe Travels’ Stamp Reaches Its 250Th Destination (4HOTELIERS)


Become a Ready. Safe. Travel. Specialist

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.

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

sia and Australia – Rallies to Mark International Women’s Day Likely in Several Cities throughout Asia-Pacific

Central/South America – Women’s Rights Demonstrations to Take Place in Several Latin American Countries

New Caledonia – Tropical Cyclone Niran Continues to Weaken, Tracking Southeastward in South Pacific Ocean

Saudi Arabia – Authorities to Lift Some Domestic COVID-19 Restrictions

United States – Officials in Connecticut Plan to Ease Several Business Restrictions


COVID-19 Resources 

enters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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