Daily News Brief – October 19, 2020

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Morning Memo to GBTA Members

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Morning Memo to GBTA Members

As we all continue to manage through the roller coaster of COVID-19, GBTA continues to actively work on your behalf to advocate for the economic support needed to ensure our industry can come back strong from this pandemic. We have an exciting campaign in the works that will reinforce the importance of the business travel industry to the global economy – stay tuned for more details.

We have a busy week ahead, with informative education offerings and the opportunity for you to provide your viewpoint on the pace of recovery and the future of GBTA.

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COVID-19 Updates

The Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine Heats Up (RAPPLER)

Melbourne Eases Lockdown as Coronavirus Cases Decline (ARAB NEWS)

COVID-19 Cases in Latin America Show Signs of Decline (AA.COM.TR)

More Helpful Articles/Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information


GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Collaboratory Webinar:
Forget Everything You Knew: An Examination of Today’s Global Entry Landscape for Business Travel

Tuesday, October 20 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

2020 has brought unimaginable challenges to travel programs as the COVID-19 pandemic has closed borders, stranded international travelers, and halted the integral movement of talent throughout the world. Even well-organized programs remain in “survive-and-react” mode; only recently have teams been able to begin long-term planning for the new landscape of global travel. While global businesses will continue to see significant changes in the ways international travelers interact, move, and immigrate, we can now see certain trends and new practices more clearly emerge. Travel and HR professionals will gain an in-depth understanding of the current issues as they prepare travelers for border entry processes – including health certificates, additional travel documentation requirements, quarantine restrictions, and COVID-specific apps. During this session, you will learn about critical strategies to navigate areas of immediate impact and concern when employees travel internationally.


  • Jason Rogers, Vice President and Senior Global Counsel, Newland Chase
  • Aaron Ansell, Director, Business Development, CIBTvisas
  • James Pianello, Global Travel Manager, GM

Register Now >>

Week of October 19 – October 23 Collaboratory Webinars Made Possible by Deem


Industry Spotlight

Call for Nominations: GBTA Board of Directors
Don’t Miss the Chance to 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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GBTA Regional Town Hall
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:

  • James Foice, CEO, Association of Serviced Apartment Providers
  • Julia Lo Bue Said, CEO, The Advantage Travel Partnership
  • Thomas Reynaert, CEO, A4E

Register Now >>


Job Board
Director of Travel Management Services
Austin, TX

We are seeking an experienced travel management or travel industry professional to fill the Director of Travel Management Services position. This position is responsible for the strategic, operational, and financial direction of the Travel Management Services office by continuously building a quality and cost-effective travel management program in an ever-changing travel industry.

Apply Now >>


Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

IATA Welcomes US Military Report on Low Risk of Catching COVID-19 on a Flight (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Airlines Are Trying to Develop an Alternative to the 14-Day Quarantine (FORTUNE)

Jet Airways to Make a Comeback (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Qatar Airways Network Expands to 100 Destinations (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Mumbai Airport Extends COVID Testing Facility for Departing Passengers (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Hospitality Industry News

Accor Successfully Implements ALLSAFE Throughout Its Hotels and Resorts Worldwide (4HOTELIERS)

Marriott to Open Edition Hotel in Tokyo (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Ground Transportation Industry News

Grab and 3Sixty Announce Their First Partnership at DFW (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)


GBTA Global Research: Most Viewed

GBTA’s research and tools allow business travel professionals to stay up-to-date on trends and topics that shape the industry and leverage that knowledge to help them be more effective in their roles.

Access the most viewed research studies of 2019-2020 >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Australia – Officials Continue Easing Coronavirus Disease Restrictions Across Victoria

Greece – Air Traffic Controllers Plan Intermittent Work stoppages Nationwide

Paraguay – Authorities Begin Gradual Reopening of Borders

United Kingdom – Hospitality Workers to Protest in Central London

United States – Authorities in Louisiana Ease Coronavirus Disease-Related Restrictions in New Orleans

United States – Authorities in Pennsylvania Issue Updated Coronavirus Disease-Related Travel Advisory List


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