Daily News Brief – October 27, 2020

Can Airport COVID-19 Testing Encourage More People to Fly?

Desperate to try to fill planes again, airlines are rushing to implement on the spot, rapid-response pre-flight Covid-19 testing for passengers. Will it work, and what are the stumbling blocks?

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COVID-19 Updates

Pfizer’s Late-Stage Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Is Near Complete Enrollment with 42,000 Volunteers (CNBC)

COVID-19 on Decline? Here’s What Decreasing Infection, Surge in Recovery Rates Mean for India (NEWS18)

Australia’s Second-Largest City to Begin Emerging from Strict COVID-19 Lockdown   (VOICE OF AMERICA)

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

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GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Register Now for Tomorrow’s GBTA Collaboratory 2020 Webinar:
Buyer Discussion: Anticipating and Setting Traveler Expectations for the New Hotel Experience

Wednesday, October 28 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

With hotel gyms and spas closed, food service limited, and concierge services and housekeeping restricted, what does the new business traveler experience look like in hotels? Do traveler’s expectations match the current realities? Join buyer members of the Accommodations Committee as they discuss a variety of “top-of-mind” topics and lingering questions. How can we adjust traveler expectations? What is the future of loyalty programs? Should we be shifting property types and/or adding new property types in the travel program? How do we best communicate individual hotel requirements to travelers (mask requirements, public space restrictions, food service options, etc.)? This is a can’t miss session!

Jon Bolger, Head of Travel, Deloitte


  • Bonnie Brabb, Enterprise Travel Manager, TDS
  • Holly McTague, Sr. Manager – North America Travel, Halliburton
  • Steven M. Van Overmeiren, Associate Director, Firm Travel Services, Baker McKenzie

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GBTA Regional Town Hall

Register Now for Tomorrow’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.

Additionally, an Alberta provincial government official will provide details about the newly announced air and land border rapid testing pilot for international travelers arriving to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Professional Development 

Join Us for an All-New Webinar:
Boeing Confident Travel Initiative

Thursday, November 5 | 12:00 PM ET

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on airlines and the aviation industry as a whole. The recovery has been slower than first expected and, while many are eager to start traveling again, the question continues to be asked is it safe to get back on an airplane? Boeing in response has launched the Confident Travel Initiative and is working across the industry with airlines, health organizations, regulators, industry associations, and other manufacturers to address these concerns and reassure travelers it is safe to fly.

Cost: Complimentary

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Made Possible by Boeing


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.

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Trending Industry News

Top Stories

Business Travellers Favour Pre-Departure Testing, Says GBTA (TRAVEL WEEKLY)

The Realities of a Future Business Trip: A Buyer Discussion (TRAVEL INDUSTRY WIRE)

Aviation Industry News

ANA to Launch New Airline with Australia in Its Sights (EXECUTIVE TRAVELLER)

Boeing 737 Max Is Safe to Fly Again, Europe’s Aviation Regulator Says (CNBC)

StarLux Airlines Expands Route Map During Pandemic (AIRLINE GEEKS)

Spicejet Facilitates COVID-19 Testing (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Hospitality Industry News

Accor Declares ‘Worst of Crisis Behind Us’ (HOTELMARKETING.COM)

IHG Expands Hotel Indigo Brand Portfolio with 14 New Properties This Year (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Oasis Launches Subscriptions for Extended-Stay Apartment Rentals (SKIFT)


Member Benefit: Benchmarking Tools

GBTA members have access to multiple benchmarking tools. These tools evaluate how your managed travel program, in various areas, matches up to industry best practices. Compare airfare, hotel rates and more to see how strong your program is performing and identify areas of improvements.

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WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Australia – Authorities in Tasmania Reopen Border to Most States

Europe – Heavy Precipitation, Strong Winds, and Flooding Forecast Across Southern Europe

Germany – Berlin Tegel Airport to Close Permanently; Operations to Continue from Berlin-Brandenburg

Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – Typhoon Molave Continues Westward across South China Sea

United States – Storm System to Bring Early-Season Snowfall and Ice to Plains and Intermountain West Regions


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