Daily News Brief – March 9, 2021

Check-in with Suzanne

Hello Everyone,

Time to check in!

These are such good words, ones we’d all love to see regularly again in our travel apps – anticipating the meetings, agendas, relationships, and business success driving us to travel in the first place.

So, it’s week two for me at GBTA! And it’s time for me to check in with you.

I hope you were able to celebrate International Women’s Day with me yesterday as we recognized nearly 60 deserving women (and a few men!) from around the world at our WINiT Awards and Virtual Gala. If you missed it, we will be posting a recording of the 90-minute event, graciously sponsored by Cvent, United for Business and CTM. The recording will be accessible via our home page and the GBTA Hub. Congratulations to all the winners and those nominated – what talent we have in our industry!

As I listened in and spoke with more of you in the past few days, I’ve been so pleased to confirm the resilience of GBTA’s mission. It’s all about members… connections at the local/regional/global level, and collective expertise. We are also a marketplace of ideas. And we are better as an industry when we are all strong, doing what we love.

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COVID-19 News

Ireland Reaches Milestone of Half a Million COVID Vaccinations (THE GUARDIAN)

India ‘at Forefront’ in Fighting COVID-19; ‘Stands Out’ in Vaccine Policy, Says IMF’s Gita Gopinath (BUSINESS TODAY)

EU Looks to Secure COVID-19 Vaccine Supplies for Jabs Ramp-Up (CHANNEL NEWS ASIA)


Industry Spotlight
Don’t Miss the Chance to Meet Suzanne Neufang, GBTA CEO/Executive Director

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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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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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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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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Introducing the “Women in Tech” Series hosted by the GBTA Technology Committee

The GBTA Technology Committee created the “Women in Tech” Series so that executives in the travel industry could share their stories to encourage other women to blaze a career path in technology. This series kicks off with a recorded interview of Claudia Batten, a successful entrepreneur and Chair of the Board of Directors for Serko conducted by Anthea Crittle, Chairperson of the GBTA Technology Committee.


Recommended by WINiT

Watch the Video >>


Industry Webinar 

Join Us for 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.

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.

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Trending Industry News 

Aviation Industry News

More Space and Privacy for Emirates Economy Class (4HOTELIERS)

Airlines Ask White House for Standardized COVID-19 Travel Documentation (USA TODAY)

Icelandair Returns the Boeing 737 MAX to Service (SIMPLE FLYING)

El Al Begins Rapid COVID-19 Tests at Check-In (SIMPLE FLYING)

Hospitality Industry News

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

Google Eliminates Fees for Hotel Booking Links (PHOCUSWIRE)

More Industry News

Video: Behind the Scenes of Safe Travel in the Post-Pandemic Corporate World (PHOCUSWIRE)

GBTA in the News

Airlines and Travel Groups Urge U.S. to Develop Virus Passport (BLOOMBERG)



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.

Learn More >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Greece – Activists Plan Protests in Athens and Thessaloniki

Philippines – Authorities Increase Alert Level for Taal Volcano in Batangas Province amid Increased Activity

United Kingdom – Authorities Start Easing COVID-19 Restrictions in England

United States – Officials in Maine Ease COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

United States – Officials in West Virginia Ease Additional COVID-19-related Business and Gathering Restrictions


COVID-19 Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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