Daily News Brief – October 22, 2020

Overwhelming Call for Rapid Testing Pre-Departure

Travel Buyers Cite Government Restrictions and Policies as Biggest Barrier to Travel

76% of respondents believe that rapid testing prior to departure, and waiving quarantining requirements for those who test negative, to be the best way to open up international travel. Among European members specifically, this number rises to 86%.

63% of European GBTA members and 43% globally cite government travel restrictions and policies, such as quarantine and entry restrictions, as the greatest barrier to travel, according to the latest GBTA poll.

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COVID-19 Updates 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Who Are The Frontrunners? (DEUTSCHE WELLE)

More Helpful Articles/Links

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:

What Does Essential Business Travel Look Like During This Pandemic?

Friday, October 23 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

Many business travelers are on and returning to the road and air, and some are considering different modes of transportation. This session will explore the increasing demand for flying on charter/ private aircraft, driving and parking at destinations, and taking the train or private car to avoid large crowds and public spaces. During and post-pandemic, corporate travel is witnessing significant changes in traveler mobility needs, as road warriors return to travel with renewed confidence.

J. Grant Caplan, President, Procurigence, Inc.


  • Robert S. Bourrier, Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Sales, Wheels Up
  • Arooj Aslam, Vertical Operations Manager, SpotHero for Business
  • Matt Assolin, President, Nikko’s Worldwide Chauffeured Services

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


Industry Advocacy

GBTA Calls for UK Government to Rethink COVID-19 “Test and Release” System for Travel
Speaking to the aviation industry Airlines 2050 summit on Monday, Grant Shapps, UK Transport Secretary discussed the concept of a new “test and release system” to cut quarantine period for international arrivals to the UK. The system under review by the recently launched UK Travel Task Force would require a single coronavirus test to be taken 5-7 days after arrival and paid for privately.

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 Professional Development

Global Leadership Professional® (GLP) Program: Leading a Corporate Culture of Innovation

Register Today for the Three-Day Course!

This virtual course is designed for business leaders wanting to gain a solid understanding of Building Effective Organizations, Leading Effective Organizations, Reciprocity – Hidden Keys for Building Collaboration & Trust and much more. This three-day course equips leaders from all backgrounds with the skills necessary to accurately assess effectiveness and design for innovation in Leadership.

This GLP® course will fulfill the “Leadership” competency requirement for those pursuing the GLP Designation or their Certificate of Professional Development. Course dates are December 15, 17, and 18.

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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.

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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

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Hospitality Industry News

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First Avid™ Hotel in Canada Breaks Ground (4HOTELIERS)

Ground Transportation Industry News

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Opens in Aruba and Panama, Expands in Brazil (PR NEWSWIRE)

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Expand your thinking and your industry knowledge with business travel education. Stay up-to-date with the latest best practices most critical to your business with a GBTA membership. More Info >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Asia – Increased Threat of Flooding and Landslides during Northeast Monsoon Season

Belize – Authorities Ease Entry Requirements and Restrictions on Traveler Movements

China and Philippines – Tropical Storm Saudel Strengthens in South China Sea

Georgia – Authorities to Resume Certain International Flights from Nov. 1

United States – Officials in New Jersey Issue Updated Travel Advisory List


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