Daily News Brief – October 26, 2020

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Memo to GBTA Members

It’s the start of another busy week at GBTA. Not only does our Collaboratory 2020 educational series continue, but we’re launching our new marketing and advocacy campaign to encourage the safe and responsible return to business travel. We’ll be counting on you to help us spread this important message – stay tuned for all the details later this week.

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COVID-19 Updates

AstraZeneca Says Its Coronavirus Vaccine Triggers Immune Response Among Adults (CNBC)

Hopes Rise for Approval of Coronavirus Vaccine by End of Year (THE GUARDIAN)

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 GBTA Collaboratory 2020 Webinar:
We Are Traveling and This Is What We Have Learned!

Tuesday, October 27 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

The Sports, Media and Entertainment Committee will host this interactive session to discuss collaborating with the non-traditional buyers who have a global presence, significant spend, and unique housing needs. We will articulate the nuances of booking this high-touch segment of business, with a focused look on safety and special requests for COVID-19 mitigation. Join us to hear examples of positive – and not so positive hotel experiences – to help our supplier partners anticipate the needs of the SME traveler.


  • Hal Rudy, Vice President Travel Services, ViacomCBS
  • Francine Sommers, Coordinator Risk & Travel Management, Cleveland Indians
  • Rebecca Cortese, Global Director of Entertainment Accounts, Hilton Worldwide Sales
  • Tony Bonanno, Global Account Director, Marriott Global Sales

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GBTA Regional Town Hall

Don’t Miss Wednesday’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

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
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.

Apply Now >>


 Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

Airlines Look to ‘Travel Bubbles’ for COVID-19 Safety and to Restart International Routes (USA TODAY)

6 Things to Know about Southwest’s New Pandemic Policy: No, Middle Seats Won’t Be Empty. Yes, You Can Get a Refund. (USA TODAY)

Dubai to Introduce Facial Recognition on Public Transport (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Indian Airlines to Operate 13,000 Flights in Winter (ASIA TIMES)

Hospitality Industry News

Wyndham Sales SVP Talks Pandemic Strategies and Initiatives (LODGING MAGAZINE)

Holiday Inn Owner Shows Signs of Improvement as New Curbs Weigh (REUTERS)

More Industry News

Expedia Group’s CEO on the Future of Travel, and Why Big Cities Will Someday ‘Come Roaring Back’ (GEEK WIRE)


Member Benefit: GBTA On Demand

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 to Continue Easing Restrictions Across Victoria

China, Thailand and Vietnam – Tropical Depression Saudel Tracks West in South China Sea

Mexico and United States -Tropical Storm Zeta Tracking Northwestward in Caribbean Sea

Spain – Authorities Declare Nationwide State of Emergency Oct. 25

United States – Storm System to Bring Heavy Snowfall to Intermountain West Region Through Oct. 27


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