Daily News Brief – October 23, 2020

The Realities of a Future Business Trip: A Buyer Discussion

This week’s Buyer Discussion webinar, “The Realities of a Future Business Trip,” was sponsored by Deem and brought together several diverse travel buyer panelists to share key strategies on how they are supporting essential and business-critical travel within their organizations: Gehan Colliander, Global Head of Travel for Boston Consulting Group; Sharon Fogarty, Manager of Global Corporate Travel for Sarepta Therapeutics; and Shelly Lewchuk, Manager of Corporate Travel for Canadian Natural Resources Limited.

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COVID-19 Updates

Euro Roundup: UK Revs up for COVID Vaccine Approval (RAPS)

Germany Readies for Coronavirus Vaccine Before End of Year — Report (INQUIRER.NET)

More Helpful Articles/Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

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GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Join GBTA’s Dave Hilfman for Monday’s GBTA Collaboratory 2020 Webinar:

Hotel Outlook: 2021 and Beyond

Monday, October 26 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

The accommodation sector has felt the full impact of the pandemic, from the small local B&B to the city-center corporate hotel, reaching every corner of the globe. As the world comes to terms with the new ‘norm’, hear the latest analysis and marketplace insights from global hospitality experts. Research and benchmarking specialists from Smith Travel Research (STR) will give an overview on the year-to-date statistics, identifying key market trends and forecasts for 2021. Dave Hilfman, Interim Executive Director of GBTA, will then conduct a Q & A session with HRS CEO, Tobias Ragge, getting the latest update on the state of hotel negotiations for next year and the completely revamped priorities of corporate hotel program leaders.


  • Dave Hilfman, Interim Executive Director, GBTA
  • Jan Freitag, Senior Vice President, STR
  • Tobias Ragge, CEO, HRS

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GBTA Regional Town Hall

Don’t Miss Next Week’s GBTA Canada Town Hall:

The Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Business

Wednesday, October 28 | 2:00 PM EDT

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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Professional Development

Jump Start Your Career Development with the GBTA Academy

GBTA Academy now makes it easier for you to get started on your career development by offering an intuitive Career Path. These are color coded and easily definable tracks that let you choose your program based on your current level of experience and knowledge.

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Concur Administrator
West Reading, PA

Under the supervision of the Director, Treasury Services, the Concur Administrator will support all needs with SAP Concur including projects to expand the use of the program.

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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

Which US Airlines Are Still Blocking Middle Seats? (SIMPLE FLYING)

Southwest Airlines Adds 3 New Destinations, Will Sell Flights Full in December (DALLAS BUSINESS JOURNAL)

Booking.com Launches Flight Search and Booking in the U.S. (PHOCUSWIRE)

Emirates Prepares to Distribute the COVID-19 Vaccine (SIMPLE FLYING)

Hospitality Industry News

Nashville Airport Authority Approves First On-Site Hotel, Releases Design Images (USA TODAY)

Amadeus: Hilton Expands Business Intelligence Partnership (HOTELMARKETING.COM)

Using QR Codes to Increase Hotel Satisfaction Scores and Maximize Revenue (TRUSTYOU)

More Industry News

Sabre and Google Working on AI Solution (HOTELMARKETING.COM)

GBTA Poll Reveals Impact of COVID-19 on Business Travel (FINANCIAL TIMES) – FEATURES GBTA

Government Barriers to Travel Are Delaying Recovery – GBTA (IMPACT HUB) – FEATURES GBTA


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.

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 WorldAware Intelligence Brief

China and Vietnam – Typhoon Saudel Strengthens in South China Sea

Germany – Unionized Public Transport Workers to Strike in Hesse

United Kingdom – Authorities Update International Arrival Quarantine List

United States – Activists to Hold Anti-Government Protests in Major Cities Nationwide

United States – Officials in Ohio Revise Travel Advisory List


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