Daily News Brief – November 19, 2020

Business Travelers Itching to Get Back on the Road

News of effective vaccines renews optimism for a return to travel and in-person events in 2021

Half (50%) of GBTA travel buyer and procurement professionals feel their employees are ‘willing’ or ‘very willing’ to travel for business in the current environment. Only one in five (22%) GBTA members feel their employees are not willing, demonstrating a strong readiness to resume business travel.

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COVID-19 News

Exciting Progress Being Made on COVID-19 Testing by Airlines (GBTA BLOG)

The Latest: Germany Reports Slowdown in COVID-19 Spread (ABC NEWS)

Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID Vaccine Shows Robust Immune Response Among Older Adults (CNBC)


GBTA Collaboratory Highlights 

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Collaboratory Webinar:
Call to Action – Educate Yourself and Your Travelers on Human Trafficking

Friday, November 20 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Call to action for travel buyers to educate your travelers to help abolish the global issue of human trafficking. Find out the shocking statistics and realities of human trafficking today and how we are uniquely positioned to make a positive impact. Take away tangible ways that you can prepare your travelers to be ready to take action to help end the devastating practice.


Kerrie Henshaw, Associate Director – Business Travel, Astra Zeneca


  • Yvonne Chen, Director of Private Sector Engagement, ECPAT-USA
  • Bill Clark, Chief Advancement Officer, A21
  • Bob Rodgers, CEO, Street Grace

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


Professional Development

Join Us for Two All-New Webinars in December!

The Devil’s in the Details: Make Your OBT Work for You, Your Policy and Traveler Safety
Tuesday, December 1 | 11:00 AM ET

The Online Booking Tool (OBT) sits at the intersection of your travel program objectives and your travelers’ safety/experience. OBTs are a critical point of shared interaction, which provides countless opportunities to achieve both objectives. This session will focus on providing actionable suggestions buyers can take back to their organizations to enhance their current OBT utilization. This space in particular is evolving and costs are limited, but creativity is not. Join us to uncover some of the untapped tools and resources that are available for you today.

GBTA Members: Complimentary
Non-Members: $49 USD

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GBTA Webinar: Global Affairs Beyond COVID-19: What’s Ahead in 2021
Wednesday, December 2 | 11:00 AM ET

The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the headlines over the past year, and rightly so. Upwards of a million people have died from the disease worldwide — more than 220,000 in the United States alone. Health experts are warning that the situation will turn even more dire as winter approaches, and already we are witnessing a spike in infections in Europe and the United States.

On top of that, in the shadow of this global health crisis, many other worrying trends continue to emerge. A combination of the pandemic, a decrease in societal interaction, and a distracted international press have served to dampen or stall international conflicts and acts of terror around the world. So, what happens when the pandemic ends?

Cost: Complimentary

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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

Boeing’s Troubled 737 Max Cleared to Fly Again. When Will Travelers Start Boarding? (USA TODAY)

Hamad International Airport to Install Advanced Passenger Screening Checkpoint Technology (THE PENINSULA QATAR)

Lufthansa Group to Adopt Buy on Board (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Hospitality Industry News

Which Hotels Are Offering COVID-19 Tests? (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Booking.com Now Requires Rental Properties to Meet Minimal Cleanliness Score (PHOCUSWIRE)

Oracle Hospitality to Buy Hotel Tech Startup Nor1 That Upsells You Before You Reach the Front Desk (SKIFT)

More Industry News

Egencia Debuts Travel Advisory, Trend Tracking Tools (BUSINESS TRAVEL NEWS)

Headout Launches COVID Travel Restrictions Tracker to Help Travelers Find Safe Travel Destinations Around the Globe (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

U.S. and UK Airlines Urge Opening of Transatlantic Corridor (TRAVEL OFF PATH)

South Africa Opens for Leisure and Business Travel (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)


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

The GBTA Board elections are open through Friday, December 4. The GBTA Board of Directors serves as the governing body of the Association and is responsible for establishing the focus and direction of the Association. 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 >>


Be a GBTA Star!

We’ve launched our new #readysafetravel campaign and we want to know: What does “Ready. Safe. Travel.” mean to you? Tell us, and you may win a $1,000 USD GBTA scholarship!

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Australia – Activists to Rally at Sydney Town Hall in Sydney

Mexico – Authorities Tighten Coronavirus Disease-related Restrictions in Three States

Norway – Heavy Rainfall, Strong Winds, and Possible Flooding Forecast in Southern Regions

South Korea – Authorities to Tighten Restrictions in Gwangju from Nov. 19, Incheon from Nov. 23

United States – Authorities in Pennsylvania Impose Coronavirus Disease-related Restrictions for Arriving Travelers


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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