Daily News Brief – November 2, 2020

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Memo to GBTA Members: #ReadySafeTravel Campaign Premieres

In 2020, during some extremely dark days for business travel, the people who make this industry our profession have refused to quit, because quitting is not an option. Together, we can and must continue to get this industry we love ready and safe for the upcoming return to business travel.

That commitment rests at the center of a new unity campaign architected by the Global Business Travel Association. 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.

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COVID-19 News

Britain Starts Accelerated Review for Astrazeneca’s Potential COVID-19 Vaccine (BUSINESSWORLD)

Sputnik V Covid Vaccine: First Batch of Elderly Volunteers Receive Dose in Russia (LIVE MINT)


GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

The New Hotel Experience: Anticipating and Setting Traveler Expectations

With hotel gyms and spas closed, food service limited, and concierge services and housekeeping restricted, what does the new hotel experience look like? In this webinar, Moderator Jon Bolger, Head of Travel for Deloitte in the United Kingdom, was joined by other members of the GBTA Accommodations Committee – Bonnie Brabb, Enterprise Travel Manager for Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.; Holly McTague, Sr. Manager of North America Travel at Halliburton; and Steven M. Van Overmeiren, Associate Director of Global Travel Services at Baker McKenzie – to discuss top-of-mind issues: how to adjust traveler expectations, the future of loyalty programs for business travel, communication of hotel requirements to travelers (masks, public space restrictions, food service options, etc.), and more.

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GBTA Regional Town Hall 

Don’t Miss This Week’s All-New LATAM Town Hall!

Thursday, November 5 | 3:00 PM MEX | 4:00 PM EST | 6:00 PM ART

What is the state of travel in Latin America? Learn about the current operating status at airports and hotels in the major LATAM markets. We’ll also hear projections and key information on the slow – and very much expected – return to travel.


  • Rafael Echevarne, Director of the International Council of Airports for Latin America and the Caribbean, ACI-LAC
  • David Rios, Regional Vice President for Marketing, Commercial and Revenue Management for Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, IHG
  • Diego García, Senior Vice-President, Air Europa


Complimentary for travel industry Buyers and Suppliers.

*GBTA LATAM Town Hall will be offered in Spanish

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Job Board
Sourcing Manager – Travel & Entertainment and Fleet Categories

Marlborough, MA

Responsible for the development & execution of the Sourcing Strategy for the assigned categories to develop, implement, program manage and sustain world class processes and tools which maximize synergies and optimize key stakeholder outcomes

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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

United Airlines Launches World’s First Free Transatlantic COVID-19 Testing Pilot (UNITED AIRLINES)

Guidelines for COVID-19 Tests for Airline Passengers Could Set Global Bar for Reliability, Sources Say (REUTERS)

Airports and Airlines Are Installing Futuristic Technologies (EURO WEEKLY NEWS)

Airlines Hoping to Create Their Own Bubble (TRAVEL PULSE)

Hospitality Industry News

Accor Launches Digital ‘Order and Pay’ Service At Four UK Hotels (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Hotel Indigo® Expands in 14 New Neighbourhoods Around the Globe (4HOTELIERS)

More Industry News

Notice on Airline Boarding Requirements for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results (CHINA-EMBASSY.ORG)

New York’s New Testing & Quarantine Requirement – What You Need to Know (SIMPLE FLYING)

Fastpayhotels Signs a Global Deal with Mastercard (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)


We are excited to announce the launch of Ready. Safe. Travel, by GBTA.

A thriving business travel industry is critical for a booming economy. Join us as we lead the efforts for a safe return to business travel through advocacy, education, and awareness. Learn More >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Argentina – Authorities Reopen Air and Sea Borders to Travelers from Neighboring Countries

China – Authorities Tighten Testing Requirements on Arrivals from Multiple Countries

Japan – Authorities Lift Entry Coronavirus Disease Entry Ban for Nine Locations

United Kingdom – Severe Weather, including Heavy Rainfall and Strong Winds, Forecast for Several Regions

United States – Officials in New York State Update Coronavirus Disease-Related Travel Restrictions

United States – Heightened Security and Protests Likely Nationwide Before and After Nov. 3 Presidential Elections


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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