Daily News Brief – September 18, 2020

Virtual Payments Are the Future of Travel

Virtual Payments Are the Future of Travel

This week’s webinar, “Buyer Discussion: Virtual Payments for the Future of Travel,” featured executives from three different companies sharing their experience with integrating virtual payment systems at their companies: Ryan Pierce, a senior travel manager with Salesforce; Sally Ferrell, a senior manager of Meetings, Events and Global Travel with McDermott International; and Clive Cornelius, the head of travel segment with Visa Business Solutions Europe.

Each panelist noted both the positives and pain points with implementing a virtual payment system, but all agreed that using virtual payments has added efficiencies within each organization’s travel program.

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COVID-19 Updates

Hawaii to Allow Travelers to Bypass Quarantine If They Provide Negative COVID-19 Test (TRAVEL PULSE)

U.S. Plans to Provide Free Coronavirus Vaccines, Aims for Return to ‘Regular Life’ in Q3 2021 (CNBC)

WHO Encouraged by South Africa’s Declining COVID-19 Trend (RELIEF WEB)

Oregon Sees Double-Digit Decline in COVID Case (PORTLAND BUSINESS JOURNAL)

More Helpful Articles/Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information


GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Don’t Miss Monday’s GBTA Collaboratory 2020 Webinar:

A Global Business Travel Pulse Check: Canada

Monday, September 21 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

The “Global Business Travel Pulse Check” theme will cover the current status and market nuances of business travel in Europe, Canada, Australia, LATAM, and Africa. Hear from the regional experts who will provide critical updates for planning travel to these global regions in the near future and post-pandemic. This session is targeted to travel buyers and suppliers supporting travelers and programs to and within Canada.

Nancy Tudorache, Regional Vice President, GBTA Canada

Sue Spear, Manager Corporate Travel & Fleet, Cengage Learning & Chair GBTA Canada Advisory Board

Sharlene Ketwaroo-Nanoo, Category Manager, Travel, Rogers Communications & Past Chair of the GBTA Canada Advisory Board

Jennifer Urquhart, Strategic Sales Director, Global Transportation Solutions, Business Rental, Enterprise Holdings & GBTA Canada Advisory Board Member

Register Now >>


GBTA Regional Town Halls
GBTA Europe Town Hall Call

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM BST

Join Catherine Logan, Regional Vice President – GBTA and Mark Cuschieri, GBTA Europe Advisory Board Chair for the GBTA Europe Town Hall. Attendees will:

  • Get an update from GBTA on what’s happening in our association
  • Hear a briefing from our advocacy expert at Grayling on Brussels’ response to COVID
  • Learn how to help travelers feel comfortable about traveling again with insights from Rocketrip

Learn More and Register Now >>

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GBTA Canada Town Hall Call

Wednesday, September 23 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Our Canadian Business Travel Industry Town Hall Calls are intended to share information, tools and resources that support our community through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Past GBTA Canada Town Hall Dates & Recordings are available now >>


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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

Airline Workers Have Lower Rates of COVID-19 Than The General Population — And Airline Ceos Say It’s Proof That Flying Is Safe (BUSINESS INSIDER)

Emirates Resumes More Flights (4HOTELIERS)

Norwegian to Reduce CO2 Emissions by 45 Per Cent by 2030 (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

First 15-Minute Rapid Test for Large-Scale Events Trialled at the Austria Center Vienna (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Finnair Partners with Terveystalo to Offer Coronavirus Testing for Travellers (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Hospitality Industry News

citizenM Launches Corporate Subscription (HOTELMARKETING.COM)

Some Hotel Brands Are Recovering Faster than Expected (4HOTELIERS)

Ground Transportation Industry News

Dubai Rental Agency Expands Globally (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)

Sixt Releases Vehicle Selection with New iOS Update (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)

More Industry News

Dubai Gathers Momentum with the Resumption of Conferences, Meetings and Exhibitions (4HOTELIERS)


GBTA Honorary Membership

GBTA is committed to helping the business travel community stay connected during this challenging time. GBTA will provide business travel professionals who have been displaced due to the impact of coronavirus and the global pandemic a GBTA Honorary Membership.

Apply for GBTA Honorary Membership >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – Tropical Storm Noul Continues to Track Westward in South China Sea

Colombia – Authorities to Ease International Travel Restrictions

El Salvador – Authorities to Reopen Airports to All Commercial Passengers

Greece, Italy and Malta -Storm Ianos to Continue to Bring Widespread Heavy Rainfall and Damaging Winds

United States – Tropical Depression Sally Continues to Weaken while Tracking Northeastward Across Southeastern Region

United States – Authorities in New Mexico Ease Certain Travel Restrictions


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