Daily News Brief – October 21, 2020

GBTA Europe Town Hall and Advocacy Efforts

GBTA Europe held its second Town Hall yesterday to share regional knowledge and insights with the GBTA membership. The event was hosted by Catherine Logan, Regional Vice President – EMEA, GBTA.

Dave Hilfman, Interim Executive Director, GBTA opened the event with an update on the association, our ongoing advocacy efforts and plans for the future. Mark Cuschieri, Chair of the European Advisory committee then gave an update on volunteer and committee activity.

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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates: Pfizer Begins Clinical Trials in Japan, Moderna Expects Interim Results in November (BUSINESS INSIDER)

Coronavirus Updates: San Francisco to Lift More Restrictions, Mayor Says; Stimulus Talks Inch Forward (CNBC)

Active COVID Cases in India Decline Further as Recovery Rate Inches Up (LIVE MINT)

New COVID-19 Cases Decline 8 Pct in One Week in Chile (XINHUA NET)

More Helpful Articles/Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

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Industry Spotlight

Call for Nominations: GBTA Board of Directors
Deadline Is Today – Don’t Miss the Chance to Make an Impact in the Business Travel Industry!
Nominations Are Due Today by 5:00 PM Eastern

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 Collaboratory Highlights
Join the GBTA Aviation Committee for Tomorrow’s Collaboratory Webinar:

Raise Your Tray Tables as We Prepare to Land

Thursday, October 22 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

The GBTA Aviation Committee will discuss the safe, responsible return to air for business travelers. The panel will share data and trends to show air travel is coming back, specifically in key global markets. Join us to hear how travel safety is on the forefront of return to travel, addressing the critical challenges faced by companies and travelers alike. This discussion will provide an optimistic outlook that you can share with your executive team in restoring confidence in the air segment.

Florian Mueller, Air Practice Lead, 4th Dimension Business Travel Consulting


  • Sebastian Mikosz, Senior Vice President for Member & External Relations, IATA
  • Marc Newman, Senior Manager Travel, Novo Nordisk

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


Coming Up Next Week:
An In-Depth Outlook on the Future of Business Travel
Hotel Outlook: 2021 and BeyondGBTA Collaboratory 2020 continues next week with an all-new theme of Accommodations. This multi-week webinar series continues to provide the business travel industry with perspectives, best practices, expert insight, and actionable takeaways to address the issues facing our global industry. Webinars next week include:

  • We Are Traveling and This is What We Have Learned!
  • Buyer Discussion: Anticipating and Setting Traveler Expectations for the New Hotel Experience
  • Accommodations: Past, Present and Future
  • Emerging Technology Trends to Watch in Hospitality

Registration is now open for our Accommodations week.

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GBTA Collaboratory Speaking Opportunities

GBTA Collaboratory speakers and panelists are made up of business leaders, GBTA committees and volunteers, sponsors, and industry experts. Speaking opportunities are available. If interested, please complete our Speaker Interest Form.


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.

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Trending Industry News 

Aviation Industry News

Japan Air Commuter and Hokkaido Air System to Join Oneworld in Late Oct-2020 (CENTRE FOR AVIATION)

United Airlines Testing Global Health App on UK-U.S. Flight in Effort to Reopen Borders (REUTERS)

Singapore Airlines Resumes World’s Longest Direct Flight from New York City (FOX NEWS)

WTTC Responds to the Implementation of Testing on Departure at Airports Across Europe (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

What’s Next for No-Touch Air Travel? (CNN)

CDC Issues New Guidance, Advises Travelers on Public Transportation to Wear a Mask (USA TODAY)

More Industry News

Japan and China to Lift Ban on Business Travel (NIKKEI ASIA)

India and Japan Form Air Bubble (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Travel Industry Reacts to Google Antitrust Probe in the U.S. ([PHOCUSWIRE])

WTTC to Establish Global Steering Committee to Revive International Travel (4HOTELIERS)


Sponsor the GBTA Collaboratory 2020

Sponsorship opportunities are available on a weekly basis. Gain brand recognition and show your support! Sponsorships include an opportunity to speak about the week’s topic and having your company’s logo highlighted on the website, within all promotional emails, in thank you emails to webinar registrants, and on social media. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities or email us at [email protected].


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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Asia – Tropical Storm Saudel Enters South China Sea following Landfall in Northern Luzon, Philippines

Australia – Officials in New South Wales to Ease Gathering Restrictions

Australia – South Australia to Ease Coronavirus Disease-Related Border Restrictions with Victoria

Europe – Frequent Disruptions due to Winter Weather Likely Across Scandinavia Through April 2021

United States – Officials in Chicago, Ill., to Update Travel Restrictions List

United States – Officials in New York State Update Travel Restrictions List


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