Daily News Brief – November 16, 2020

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Memo to GBTA Members

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s GBTA elections will take place as scheduled at our virtual annual meeting, set for December 7, 2020. One position on the GBTA Board of Directors will be determined by election – an Allied Member at-large seat who will serve a two-year term.

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COVID-19 News

Which COVID-19 Tests Allow You to Travel? (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Moderna COVID Vaccine Candidate Almost 95% Effective, Trials Show (THE GUARDIAN)


GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Register Now for Tomorrow’s Collaboratory Webinar:
How Your Air Program Can Contribute to Building a Sustainable Business Travel Program

Tuesday, November 17 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Building a sustainable business travel program is more important than ever and travel managers have an important role to play. Air travel can have a large impact on a company’s environmental footprint, and simply offsetting CO2 emissions is not enough. As travelers are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious and corporates are building sustainability into initiatives across their organizations, the air travel industry is coming under pressure to develop more sustainable business practices. Join this session to learn the four steps travel managers can take to create a more sustainable business travel program.


  • Julia Fidler, Global Travel Sustainability & Employee Engagement Lead, Microsoft
  • Olivier Benoit, Principal and Vice President, Air, I&A, Advito
  • Carine Morin, Regional Travel Manager – EMEA, Service Now
  • Jill Blickstein, Managing Director and Head of ESG at American Airlines

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November 16-20 Collaboratory Webinars Made Possible by United for Business


Industry Spotlight 

GBTA Business Travel Index™ Outlook Sponsorships

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Be among the first to engage broadly with the industry with relevant data to help recover and build business. The GBTA Business Travel Index™ is the industry’s critical planning tool. For the past 12 years, the Index provides an exhaustive study of business travel spending and growth covering 73 countries across 44 industries.

Sponsorship includes brand awareness, speaking opportunities, promotion through email, and more.

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GBTA Regional Town Hall

Mark Your Calendar for GBTA Canada’s Final Town Hall of 2020

Wednesday, December 2 | 2:00 PM ET

Our Canadian Business Travel Industry Town Hall Calls are intended to share information, tools and resources, that support our community through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Past GBTA Canada Town Hall recordings are available 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

Aviation Industry News

Business Travel Essential to Global Economy, ACTA Session Told (TRAVEL PULSE) – FEATURES GBTA

Dublin Airport to Open Two COVID-19 Testing Facilities (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Dubai Airports Prepares for Tel Aviv Flights (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Lufthansa Operates First COVID-Tested Flight (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Airline President Highlights Adaptability, Safety (MIAMI.EDU)

Hospitality Industry News

Marriott Launches Business Travel Programme for SMBs (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

More Industry News

Asia Pacific Airlines Call for Harmonised Testing Regimes By Governments (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

UAE and UK Announce Air Corridor (4HOTELIERS)

What Travel Companies Can Do Now to Prepare for Recovery (PHOCUSWIRE)


Make Your Voice Heard – Help Determine the Future of GBTA!

GBTA Board Elections Now Open

The GBTA Board Elections are open through Friday, December 4. This is your opportunity to vote for the candidates you believe will best lead our organization.

View each candidate’s campaign video, platform statement and Board of Directors Election Brochure 2020 >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Central/South America – Iota Rapidly Strengthens into Hurricane

India – Authorities Relaxing Business and Transport Restrictions in Western Regions

Portugal – Tropical Storm Theta to Bring Heavy Rainfall While Making Close Approach to Madeira

United States – Authorities in Pennsylvania Update Travel Advisory List

United States – Severe Weather Causing Widespread Power Outages in Eastern Parts


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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