Daily News Brief – November 24, 2020

GBTA Completes Acquisition of ACTE

Alison Taylor and Steve Sitto to join the GBTA Board of Directors; Christle Johnson and Greeley Koch to co-chair new Integration and Brand re-activation committee

GBTA has completed its acquisition of key assets of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), continuing its pledge to unify the industry and help lead business travel out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are beyond thrilled to bring GBTA and ACTE together, creating one home for the thousands of business travel professionals who will collectively bring back business travel bigger and better than ever,” said Bhart Sarin, President of GBTA.

“The addition of an amazing brand like ACTE will give GBTA members the absolute best opportunities for education, networking, research and advocacy. We look forward to combining the best attributes of both associations with our Ready. Safe. Travel campaign as we continue to advocate for business travel’s path to recovery,” said Dave Hilfman, Interim Executive Director of GBTA.

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COVID-19 News

AstraZeneca’s Oxford Coronavirus Vaccine Is 70% Effective on Aerage, Data Shows, with No Safety Concerns (CNN)

COVID Live Updates: Vaccines Seek Approval; States Extend Restrictions and Mask Mandates (NBC)

COVID-19 Cases in Argentina Show Signs of Decline (CGTN)


Industry Spotlight
Be a Star! Enter the Ready. Safe. Travel. Video Contest

You Could Win a $1,000 (USD) GBTA Scholarship

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!

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Register Now for Next Week’s 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?

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This GLP® course will fulfill the “Leadership” competency requirement for those pursuing the GLP Designation or their Certificate of Professional Development. Course dates are December 15, 17, and 18.

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Job Board
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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

Qantas to Require COVID-19 Vaccine on International Flights (RAPPLER)

American Airlines Removes Change Fees on International Flights (BUSINESSTRAVELLER)

COVID Passports Emerge as Key to Restarting International Travel (THESEATTLETIMES)

IAG Working with IATA on Its New Travel Pass (BUSINESSTRAVELLER)

Hospitality Industry News

Accor Adds India and Turkey to Its Middle East and Africa Region (BUSINESSTRAVELLER)

Europe’s Hotel Construction Pipeline Increases Year-Over-Year (4HOTELIERS)

More Industry News

Asia Is Leading the Way in Travel Recovery, Says Bookings Platform Agoda (CNBC)

IATA: Steps Forward for Testing to Reopen Borders without Quarantine (TRAVELDAILYMEDIA)

England Cuts Traveler Quarantine Period to Five Days (CNN)


Make Your Voice Heard!

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 >>


Editor’s Note

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the GBTA Daily News Brief will halt distribution Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27. We will resume distribution on Monday, November 30.

Please visit gbta.org to learn the latest about developments in business travel.


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Algeria, Egypt, Italy, Libya and Tunisia – Storm System to Bring Additional Rounds of Rain and Strong Winds to Mediterranean Region Through Nov. 27

Greece – Aviation Workers Plan Nationwide Work Stoppages

South Korea – Labor Union Calling for Strike Nationwide

United States – Officials in Massachusetts Update Travel Restrictions List

United States – Storms to Develop in Central Regions Through Nov. 25 Bringing Downpours, Damaging Winds, Hail, and Tornadoes


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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