Daily News Brief – October 13, 2020

Airlines Restructuring and Rapid Testing Before Flights - What the New Normal for Aviation Could Look Like

After getting battered this year by COVID-19 travel restrictions, experts say the commercial aviation sector could look very different as it tries to build a post-pandemic future. “The global airline industry is facing an unprecedented crisis and airlines are in survival mode. Many airlines will not have the financial means to survive an indefinite shutdown that, for many, already exceeds a half-year,” International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Asia Pacific corporate communications assistant director Albert Tjoeng told CNA. Continue Reading >>


COVID-19 Updates

VA Continues COVID-19 Case Decline (VIRGINIA BUSINESS)

India Sees Decline in Daily COVID-19 Cases (ANADOLU AGENCY)

AstraZeneca’s Quick COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Restart Splits Experts (CLINICAL TRIALS ARENA)

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

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GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Collaboratory Webinar:
Fearless Girl: Growing Your Career Amid and After A Global Pandemic

Wednesday, October 14 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted women especially hard in the business travel sector. BWH Hotel Group’s Dorothy Dowling will discuss these impacts and the pace of recovery, along with how to best position yourself to move forward in your career today and in the future. Dorothy, a proponent of WINiT for years, will also discuss why the initiative has never been more vital.


  • Dave Hilfman, Interim Executive Director, GBTA
  • Dorothy Dowling, Chief Marketing Officer, BWH Hotel Group

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GBTA Regional Town Halls 

GBTA Europe Town Hall Call

Tuesday, October 20 | 2:00 PM BST

Register today for an update on what’s happening in our association from Catherine Logan, Regional Vice President, GBTA, and Mark Cuschieri, GBTA Europe Advisory Board Chair.

Key industry association leaders, representing different elements of the supply chain, will also share how COVID-19 has impacted them and what needs to happen for a return to travel:

  • Julia Lo Bue Said, CEO, The Advantage Travel Partnership
  • James Foice, CEO, Association of Serviced Apartment Providers

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GBTA Canada Town Hall Call

Wednesday, October 28 | 2:00 PM EDT

The Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Business

The Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, will be GBTA Canada’s next Town Hall featured speaker. Mr. Beatty will address The Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Business. He will discuss the economic and business implications on a variety of industries, sectors, and policies, such as transportation, agriculture, manufacturing, finance, and natural resources, providing a current pulse check into the health and stability of business in Canada.

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Industry Spotlight

Call for Nominations: GBTA Board of Directors

Make an Impact in the Business Travel Industry!

Nominations Are Due by October 21, 2020

GBTA’s Board elections are held each year in conjunction with the annual Convention. With the cancellation of the 2020 annual Convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GBTA is moving forward with a special election on December 7, 2020. Volunteering on the Board is a chance for industry leaders to make a long-term positive impact on our profession. We invite you to participate by nominating candidates for the vacant positions. We hope that you will choose to participate by nominating a peer – or even yourself.

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Bothell, WA

The ideal candidate for this role will be experienced in global travel management, vendor/partner relationship and performance management, corporate travel credit card management and Concur administration. They will stay current with industry trends and have the ability to understand the business and effectively enhance our program to meet the needs of our business travelers. They will be asked to evaluate all aspects of our current corporate travel program and assess potential areas for operational improvement and cost savings.

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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

United Airlines Has a Controversial New Way to Stop You Working from Home (ZDNET)

Airlines Restructuring and Rapid Testing Before Flights – What the New Normal for Aviation Could Look Like (CHANNEL NEWS ASIA)

How Many Passengers Are Currently Flying in India? (SIMPLE FLYING)

Latin America Reopens and Airlines Try to Gauge Demand (CENTRE FOR AVAITION)

Singapore Airlines Publishes December Flying Schedule (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Southwest Airlines to Expand to Major Airports in Chicago, Houston (UPI)

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Hong Kong Tourism Board Launches A Standardised Hygiene Protocol to Assure Visitors (4HOTELIERS)

American Express GBT Acquires 30SecondsToFly to Boost Corporate Traveler Experience (PHOCUSWIRE)

Travelport Signs Multi-Year Agreement with CTI Business Travel (ETURBONEWS)


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GBTA On Demand is comprised of GBTA Collaboratory webinars, education sessions from events, archived webinars, Industry Voices Interviews and more.

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – Tropical Storm Nangka Tracks Westward in South China Sea

Europe – Heavy Rain, Strong Winds, and Flooding Forecast Across Eastern and Southern Regions Through at Least Oct. 14

France – Climate Activists to Demonstrate in City Centers Through Oct. 18

Panama – Authorities to Continue Relaxing Restrictions on Nonessential Activities and Reopen Ports of Entry to All International Travelers

South Korea – Authorities Relax Domestic Coronavirus Disease-Related Measures

United States: Officials in Texas to Ease Certain Restrictions


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