Daily News Brief – November 9, 2020

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Memo to GBTA Members

While the 2020 election is not yet final, it appears that former Vice President Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States. President-elect Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, will become Vice President and she will make some very important history.

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COVID-19 News

COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Is 90% Effective, Says Manufacturer (THE GUARDIAN)

Australia’s Worst-Hit State Continues to Ease Pandemic Restrictions, with No New COVID Cases Recorded (BUSINESSWORLD)

Ontario to Ease Covid-19 Restrictions Starting on November 14 (MENAFN)


GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Don’t Miss Tuesday’s Collaboratory Webinar:
Beyond the Shift: Drivers of Long-Term Value in Virtual and Hybrid Events

Tuesday, November 10 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Future meetings and events are going to contain a hybrid element or move to a virtual offering. The purpose of this session is to discuss the value of this change, how to measure it, and its impact on SMMPs. Market data, budget impacts, and risk factors will be shared through a real-life case study to demonstrate how to tackle the complexity of this shift effectively.


  • Nick Pupa, Category Manager, DSM – Chair, GBTA Meetings & Events Committee
  • Rene Proske, Vice Chair GBTA Meetings & Events Committee, CEO Proske
  • Matthias Schultze, Managing Director, German Convention Bureau
  • Gary Murakami, Director of Global Sales, MGM Resorts International

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November 9-13 Collaboratory Webinars Made Possible by Citi


Call for Education Session Proposals

GBTA Convention 2021:
Submit an Education Session Proposal

GBTA is now accepting proposals for education sessions at GBTA Convention 2021 in Orlando, FL from July 17-21. Our tradition of delivering the best education on the topics most relevant to business travel is only made possible by your participation.

We are seeking industry professionals to contribute new ideas, solutions, and innovations for current issues and challenges that confront the travel industry. Now more than ever, content focused on the industry’s recovery will be critical. Our highest-rated presenters have challenged conventional wisdom and have been willing to share real “lessons learned.”


The deadline to submit an education session proposal is January 8, 2021.

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GBTA Conference 2021 – Toronto:
Submit an Education Session Proposal

GBTA is now accepting proposals for education sessions at GBTA Conference 2021 – Toronto, taking place May 9-12, 2021. Our tradition of delivering the best education on the topics most relevant to business travel, coming off a record-breaking year, is only made possible by your participation. Submit a proposal today!

The deadline to submit an education session proposal is December 1, 2020.

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Job Board 

Director of Sales Conventions and Conferences Daytona FL
Daytona Beach, FL

The Director of Sales Conventions and Conferences is responsible for developing corporate event business for venue and hotel properties. This role is responsible for lead and revenue generation and marketing the Speedway as a convention and large scale meeting destination throughout the year.

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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

Austrian Airlines to Introduce Mandatory COVID-19 Testing on Selected Flights (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Lufthansa Starts First Trial Run for COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

WTTC Responds to the Implementation of Testing on Departure at Airports Across Europe (4HOTELIERS)

Hospitality Industry News

Marriott Posts Surprise Profit on Cost Cuts, Improved Bookings (HOSPITALITY NET)

More Industry News

Travelogix Signs Agreement with Airline Data Specialists Airhex (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Trip.com Partners with Global Airlines to Maximize Customer Benefits and Propel Travel Recovery (BENZINGA)

Amadeus’ Performance Improves Slightly in the Third Quarter Thanks to Domestic Travel (AMADEUS)

GBTA’s ‘Ready. Safe. Travel.’ Campaign to Bring Back Business Travel (BUSINESS TRAVELER USA)

Virtual Commercial Cards May Guide a New Future for Business Travel (PYMNTS)


Member Benefit: GBTA On Demand

GBTA On Demand is comprised of GBTA Collaboratory webinars, education sessions from events, archived webinars, Industry Voices Interviews and more. This GBTA member only benefit includes access to nearly 2,000 videos on the latest topics and trends in the business travel industry. Watch a quick video on how to navigate GBTA On Demand. Not a member? Join today.


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Canada and United States – Storm System to Bring Heavy Snowfall to Multiple Regions

Central/South America – Recovery Efforts Continue in Several Countries Following Widespread Damage Caused by Hurricane Eta

Maldives – Authorities Continue Easing Restrictions in Male

United Kingdom – Authorities Further Tighten Entry Restrictions on Visitors from Denmark due to Increased Coronavirus Disease Activity

United States – Celebrations, Protests, Heightened Security Likely in Cities Nationwide through Early November

United States – Officials in Alabama Ease Certain Coronavirus Disease-Related Restrictions, Extend Orders for Residents to Wear Facemasks


 COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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