Daily News Brief – October 20, 2020

TSA Administrator Shares Insights with the World’s Largest Business Travel Association

TSA Administrator Shares Insights with the World’s Largest Business Travel Association

The steps TSA is taking to ensure a safe, secure return to travel

For the eighth week of its Collaboratory 2020 series, GBTA’s Interim Executive Director, Dave Hilfman, hosted David Pekoske, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the headliner webinar of the week: “TSA: Leveraging Technology and Innovation to Stay Healthy and Secure.” In his role at the head of TSA, Administrator Pekoske leads a workforce of approximately 60,000 employees and is responsible for security operations at nearly 450 airports throughout the United States.

During yesterday’s webinar, participants heard from Pekoske about the agency’s response to growing passenger volumes, protective measures being taken to make the screening process safer for passengers and employees, and technological innovations designed to reduce physical contact and increase social distancing at the checkpoint.

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COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Vaccine Update: Pfizer, BioNTech Begin Combined Trials in Japan (HINDUSTAN TIMES)

Coronavirus Vaccine Update: China’s Sinovac Is Safe, Says Brazil’s Leading Research Institute (MONEY CONTROL)

Scientists on Lookout for COVID Mutations Which Cause Treatments to Lose Potency (THE GUARDIAN)

More Helpful Articles/Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information


GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Register Now for Tomorrow’s Collaboratory Webinar:

The Realities of a Future Business Trip: A Buyer Discussion

Wednesday, October 21 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

As we look toward the end of 2020, business leaders will need to determine when, where, and how to safely and responsibly return to business travel. This interactive buyer discussion will dive into the crafting of a travel restart plan, and explore the critical input needed from the C-Suite and their business travelers in this process. Learn key strategies from this diverse travel buyer panel as they “unpack” their plans to support essential service travel and business-critical travel.

Chris Crowley, Partner, Nina and Pinta


  • Gehan Colliander, Global Head of Travel, Boston Consulting Group
  • Sharon Fogarty, Manager, Global Corporate Travel, Sarepta Therapeutics
  • Shelly Lewchuk, Manager of Corporate Travel, Canadian Natural Resources Limited

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


Industry Spotlight

Call for Nominations: GBTA Board of Directors

Time is Running Out – 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 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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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

Top Story

Covid ‘Test-and-Release’ System for Airlines ‘In Place by December’ (THE GUARDIAN)

Aviation Industry News

More than 99.988% of Qatar Airways Passengers Travel COVID-19-Free (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Emirates Expands Connections in Southern Africa with 45 New Destinations (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

London Heathrow Departure Testing Begins (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Canada Considers How to Help Its Airlines (SIMPLE FLYING)

Spicejet Launches New Flights (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Hospitality Industry News

U.S. Leads the World in Hotel Construction During Pandemic (SKIFT)

QR Code-Accessed Digital Menus Becoming the Norm for Room Service (4HOTELIERS)

Ground Transportation Industry News

Uber Puts $150M into South Korean Mobility Partnership (PHOCUSWIRE)


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 

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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