Daily News Brief – November 18, 2020

How the Airline Industry Can Tackle Climate Change and Drive Sustainability, Even in a Pandemic

United Airlines environmental affairs and sustainability executive shares innovative ideas on addressing climate change

As part of its Collaboratory 2020 webinar series, GBTA welcomed Lauren Riley, Managing Director of Global Environmental Affairs and Sustainability for United Airlines to discuss implementing strategies and practices that produce tangible sustainability results, and why this pandemic provides an important opportunity for this work.

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COVID-19 News

American, British Airways, Oneworld to Trial COVID-19 Tests (REUTERS)

COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Complete, Pfizer and BioNTech Update Their Promising Result (SCIENCE MAG)

2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Shows Striking Success in US Tests (BUSINESSMIRROR)


GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Register Now for Tomorrow’s Collaboratory Webinar:
How Your Accommodation Programme Can Contribute to Your Sustainability Objectives

Thursday, November 19 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Corporate travel sustainability does not start and end at the traveller. Businesses can take steps to encourage more sustainable practices across organisations, and that starts with selecting partners that are making strides towards sustainability. In this session, we will explore what accommodation providers are contributing to sustainability, how hotel programmes are adapting to incorporate sustainability, and what the sustainability processes the accommodation sector needs to provide. Information will be shared on the progress hotels have made to ensure sustainable practices.


  • Alex Ryll, Director Global Corporate Sales, Pegasus
  • Catherine Logan, Regional Vice President, EMEA, GBTA


  • Nicohlas Nelson, Global Lodgings and EMEIA Developed Markets Travel, EY
  • Marie Fukudome, Director of Environmental Affairs, Hyatt
  • Jo Hendrickx, Founder, Travel Without Plastic
  • Sandrine Büring, Network Coordinator – Sustainable Development Department, Accor

Register Now >>

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


Industry Spotlight

Grab Your Smartphone and Get Involved!

GBTA’s new “Ready. Safe. Travel” unity campaign is pushing for a safe and responsible return to business travel while also increasing public awareness around the economic necessity of a thriving business travel industry.

We need industry professionals, like you, to show your support and join us in this effort by entering the “Ready. Safe. Travel.” video contest. And we’re giving away two (2) $1,000 (USD) GBTA scholarships to the winners to apply to any GBTA offering of your choice!

Learn More and Get Started >>


Fly the Eco-Skies of United

At United, we’re committed to operating sustainably and responsibly. This commitment means we strive to minimize the environmental impacts associated with our operations and continuously look for ways to reduce our footprint in the air, on the ground and at our facilities.

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Job Board
Sales ManagerHomestead, FL

Minimum of three years of Hospitality management experience, relative franchise sales experience preferred. Excellent leadership abilities. Superior communication skills, (both oral and written). Detail-oriented and organized. Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced environment.

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Trending Industry News 

Aviation Industry News

Coronavirus Testing Before Flying Could Become the Norm as Airlines Try to Boost Confidence and Woo Travelers (THE WASHINGTON POST)

British Airways Partners with American for Transatlantic Testing Trial (SIMPLE FLYING)

Star Alliance Lounge Los Angeles Airport Recognized as Best in North America (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Airlines Saw an Immediate Boost in Passenger Bookings Following Vaccine Announcements (FORTUNE)

Emirates Increases A380 Services to UK Cities (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Breaking: Boeing 737 MAX Recertified in the United States (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Ground Transportation Industry News

Didi Unveils Custom Ride-Hailing Electric Vehicle (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)

More Industry News

New IATA Guidance Prepares for Global Vaccine Distribution (4HOTELIERS)

SiteMinder Partners with AsiaPay to Simplify Hotel Customer Payments Across Asia (SITEMINDER)



GBTA Board Elections Now Open
Make Your Voice Heard – Help Determine the Future of GBTA!

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 

Australia – National Australia Bank Closes Branches Nationwide due to Unspecified Security Threat

Central/South America – Major Disruptions to Persist Across Multiple Regions Through at Least End November Following Landfall of Hurricane Iota

United Kingdom – Authorities to Move 11 Councils in Scotland to Maximum Coronavirus Disease-Related Alert Level

United States – Officials in California Tighten Restrictions in Most Counties, Issues Travel Advisory, due to Increases in Coronavirus Disease-related Activity

United States – Officials in Illinois to Impose Additional Coronavirus Disease-related Restrictions


COVID-19 Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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