Daily News Brief – November 10, 2020

How the Pandemic Will Change the Meetings and Events Industry for the Better

Exciting new technologies and creative content will be key for a stronger industry

For this week’s Collaboratory 2020 webinar series, GBTA welcomed CEO and Founder of Cvent, Reggie Aggarwal, to share his insights on the future of meetings and events and how technology will play an even bigger role moving forward.

In the week’s headliner webinar, “Virtual, In-Person, Hybrid: What’s Next for the Meetings Industry?,” GBTA Interim Executive Director Dave Hilfman engaged Aggarwal on diverse topics related to the meetings and events industry, leading to several fascinating key takeaways.

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COVID-19 News

Pfizer Vaccine Trial Success Signals Breakthrough in Pandemic Battle (REUTERS)

COVID Vaccine Could Be Ready for Rollout Next Month, Says Hancock (THE GUARDIAN)


GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Register Now for Wednesday’s Collaboratory Webinar:
Event Operational Changes & Technology Strategies: A Buyer Discussion

Wednesday, November 11 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Hosting a hybrid or virtual meeting comes with a new set of event complexities. This session will feature travel and meeting buyers who can share recommendations and insights on making quick operational changes to support hybrid and/or virtual meetings. Additionally, panelists will share how to best develop, expand and implement a robust technology strategy to support this immediate corporate need.

Kathy Grau, Vice President of Program Operations, The CM Group


  • Jennifer Kowal, Director of Corporate Meeting & Events, Aon Service Corporation
  • Carmen Smith, Sr. Manager – Travel & Events, IFC
  • Karen Bond, Travel Manager, HNTB Corporation

Register Now >>

November 9-13 Collaboratory Webinars Made Possible by Citi

Industry Spotlight 

Join Us for a New Series of Complimentary Webinars

GBTA Italy Week | November 16-20

2020 was an anomalous year that tested several sectors, in particular travel. To help you better plan for 2021, GBTA Italy will conduct a week of complimentary webinars. Topics covered range from hybrid meetings to accommodations, from the digital approach in the travel world to the impacts of COVID on the sector.

Learn More and Register Now >>

*All webinars will be conducted in Italian


GBTA recently launched our latest coronavirus poll. This poll includes several new questions that will inform our advocacy efforts worldwide. All buyers and suppliers are encouraged to participate! To take the poll, please click here. Results will be posted on the GBTA website and available to members and non-members.

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Job Board

Director of Sales Conventions and Conferences Daytona FL
Daytona Beach, FL

The Director of Sales Conventions and Conferences is responsible for developing corporate event business for venue and hotel properties. This role is responsible for lead and revenue generation and marketing the Speedway as a convention and large scale meeting destination throughout the year.

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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

How a COVID-19 Vaccine Will Impact Air Canada’s Operations (SIMPLE FLYING)

Starlux Airlines Looks to Fly to 15 Airports in the United States (SIMPLE FLYING)

Skyscanner to Launch First of Its Kind COVID-19 Travel Insurance (TRAVELDAILYNEWS)

Women Help Desk Launched at Hyderabad Airport (BUSINESSTRAVELLER)

The Safest Airlines in the Time of COVID-19 (TRAVEL PULSE)

UK Making ‘Good Progress’ Towards Testing at Airports (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Qatar Airways Launches ‘Basic’ Business Class Fares (THE POINTS GUY)

Hospitality Industry News

Hotel CEOs See Big Improvement in 2021 (TRAVEL PULSE)

More Industry News

How President Joe Biden Rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement Will Affect Business Travel (INSIDE HOOK)


Your Industry Needs You!

2020 has hit the business travel industry hard. This is a time to unite. The GBTA #ReadySafeTravel initiative will focus and mobilize advocacy efforts to support the industry; ensure passenger and worker safety in ways meant to restore traveler and corporate confidence; and grow public awareness around the economic necessity of a thriving business travel industry.

Find out how you can help >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Canada and United States – Storm System to Bring Heavy Snowfall to Multiple Regions

Central/South America – Recovery Efforts Continue in Several Countries Following Widespread Damage Caused by Hurricane Eta

Maldives – Authorities Continue Easing Restrictions in Male

United Kingdom – Authorities Further Tighten Entry Restrictions on Visitors from Denmark due to Increased Coronavirus Disease Activity

United States – Celebrations, Protests, Heightened Security Likely in Cities Nationwide through Early November

United States – Officials in Alabama Ease Certain Coronavirus Disease-Related Restrictions, Extend Orders for Residents to Wear Facemasks


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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