Daily News Brief – October 29, 2020

Commission Backs EU-Wide Coronavirus Testing Strategy, Passenger Locator Forms

The European Commission wants EU countries to take the same approach to coronavirus testing and use a single passenger locator form to help coordinate the bloc’s response to the virus. Recommendations published Wednesday urge national governments to test as “widely as possible,” and prioritize the same groups of people for testing — symptomatic individuals, people who’ve had contact with confirmed cases and severe local outbreaks.

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COVID-19 News

Coronavirus Vaccine Update: Serum Institute Promises a Vaccine by December and More Updates You Need to Know Today (TIMES OF INDIA)

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Still Possible in 2020 Despite Data Lag (RAPPLER)

Merkel on Curbs; Singapore to Allow China Tourists: Virus Update (BLOOMBERG)


GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s GBTA Collaboratory 2020 Webinar:
Emerging Technology Trends to Watch in Hospitality

Friday, October 30 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

This year has brought an increased need for accommodations providers to innovate and invest in technology that will shape the future of the guest experience. Join our panelists as they detail innovations in a no-touch guest experience including mobile, robotics, and artificial intelligence. This session will highlight how these technologies are used today, discuss their impact on the return to travel, as well as deliver a glimpse into what the future of accommodations service will look like.

James Filsinger, GM, Travel Optimization, Alliances, Coupa


  • Javier Aguirre – UK Director, Zennio
  • Kass Dawson, Vice President, Brand Strategy & Communications, SoftBank Robotics
  • Philipp Knuepfer, General Manager, Mandarin Oriental, Boston

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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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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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Responsible for the development & execution of the Sourcing Strategy for the assigned categories to develop, implement, program manage and sustain world class processes and tools which maximize synergies and optimize key stakeholder outcomes

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Trending Industry News

Top Story

Harvard Team: COVID Risk on Planes Is Lower Than Grocery Stores (TRAVEL WEEKLY)

Aviation Industry News

United Launches Free COVID-19 Tests Between New York And London (SIMPLE FLYING)

Experts Agree – Airline Cleaning and Safety Measures Combat the Spread of COVID-19 (AMERICAN AIRLINES)

Flight Review: American Airlines A321T Business Class (SIMPLE FLYING)

Ground Transporatation Industry News

Marriott Inks Grab Partnership to Integrate App Platform, Access Customer Base (ZD NET)

Hospitality Industry News

OYO Rolls Out ‘Contactless Check-In’ Facility (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Airline Disinfecting Program Expands to Hotels (HOTEL MANAGEMENT)

More Industry News

Travel Advisers: A Secret Weapon During COVID-19 (CNN)


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

Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam – Typhoon Molave Continues Westward Across Southeast Asia Following Landfall in Quang Ngai Province

Greece – Storms with Heavy Rainfall, Strong Winds, and Possible Flooding Forecast Nationwide

Italy – Protests over Coronavirus Disease-Related Restrictions Likely to Continue in Major Cities

Mexico – Anti-government Activists to Protest in Several Cities

Switzerland – Authorities Ease Coronavirus Disease-Related International Entry Restrictions

United States – Officials in California Ease Restrictions in Several Counties


COVID-19 Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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