Daily News Brief – November 17, 2020

Business Travel in 2021 - Is It Possible to Plan Ahead?

According to a survey conducted by Corporate Traveller, words like ‘challenging, uncertain, difficult, quiet and non-existent’ are just some of the terms used by travel procurement managers to describe the travel industry following the Covid-19 outbreak. “As the year slowly comes to a close, decision-makers are faced with the gargantuan task of attempting to budget and plan for business travel in 2021. The task is daunting not only because finances are tight, but also because nobody has any inkling regarding what the world is going to look like in six to 12 months from now,” says general manager, Oz Desai.

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COVID-19 News

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions By State: What You Need to Know Before You Travel (USA TODAY)

What COVID Vaccine Effectiveness Means (BUSINESS MIRROR)


GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Collaboratory Webinar:
Prioritizing Sustainability Within Your Travel Program: A Buyer Discussion

Wednesday, November 18 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Most organizations have ‘sustainability targets’ as a part of their overall strategy tied to corporate goals and objectives. This buyer discussion will enlighten the business travel community by exploring opportunities to align and support company initiatives. Not only by reviewing policies and practices to support the reduction of the company’s carbon footprint but also incorporating traveler wellbeing. Partners across your travel journey are already investing in sustainability to make an impact to reduce CO2 emissions, invest in bio-fuel, remove single-use plastic, and eliminate waste. This panel will showcase thought leadership of a sustainable travel journey that supports one’s corporate ‘sustainability’ strategy.

Kessie Bratko, Senior Vice President, Global Program Management, BCD Travel


  • Paige Furr, Director Global Travel Services, Pfizer Pharmaceutical
  • Cheryl Glick, Global Director, Nike Travel

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



Industry Spotlight

GBTA Italy Webinar:
The Impact of COVID: Air Transport and Business Travel Outlook

Wednesday, November 18 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CET

2020 has been an exceptional year and has been very challenging for every sector. Transport and travel, however, were the most impacted. As part of our series of webinars, this week’s discussion will offer GBTA members and partners an overview of measures taken at European and Italian national level in the context of the pandemic. We will also discuss best practices and actions that will restore confidence in travel and we will look at the prospects for a safe reopening of travel between Europe and the US.



  • Andrea Giuricin, CEO, TRA Consulting
  • Flavio Ghiringhelli, Country Manager, Emirates
  • Davide Maistro, Manager, Grayling
  • Kevin McAleenan, Chairman and CEO at Pangiam and Former Acting Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

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*This webinar will be conducted in English

This webinar is presented as part of the complimentary GBTA Italy Week webinar series, taking place November 16-20. Learn more about the series >>


Job Board
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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

First Passengers Use United’s Transatlantic COVID Testing Scheme (SIMPLE FLYING)

U.S. Tentatively Approves Adding Aer Lingus to Oneworld Alliance Group (METRO)

This Airline Will Let You Swap Airline Miles for a Free At-Home COVID-19 Test (USA TODAY)

No-Change-Fee Policies May Only Be the Beginning of More Customer-Friendly Airline Updates (THE POINTS GUY)

British Airways Reopens Lounge at Heathrow (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Hospitality Industry News

NH Hotel Group Launches New Digital Platform (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

More Industry News

Google Maps Is Adding a New Dedicated Section for ’Trips’ in the Timeline View (DIGITAL FORMATION WORLD)


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

Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam – Typhoon Vamco Worsens Disruptions Associated with Ongoing Flooding and Landslides

Central/South America – Iota Rapidly Strengthens into Category-5 Hurricane

Croatia, Italy, San Marino and Vatican City – Storms with Heavy Rainfall, Strong Winds, and Possible Flooding Forecast Through at Least Nov. 18

Philippines – Internet Disruptions Occurring Nationwide

United States – Officials in Washington State Impose Significant Restrictions Statewide


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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