Daily News Brief – September 21, 2020

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Morning Memo to GBTA Members

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Morning Memo to GBTA Members

Last week passed the two month mark since I joined GBTA as interim Executive Director. I’ve been on a “listening tour” of our global membership the past sixty days and am grateful for your advice, constructive feedback, candid insights, keen observations and encouragement! Thank you as well for your support and patience as we work to earn back your trust and confidence during these extraordinary times.

Our team continues to forge ahead in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, doing everything in our power to provide value to members, advocate for the reopening of global business travel and reset the Association to better serve you and our industry.

We’re committed to directly communicating with our members more frequently as we want to inform you about everything we’re doing at GBTA and how these efforts positively impact business travel. You’ll be hearing from me on a weekly basis in the Monday Morning Memo, meant to serve as a quick overview of all things GBTA.

Read more from Dave about the latest updates on the GBTA Collaboratory 2020 Series, European and Canadian Town Halls, and more >>


COVID-19 Updates

A Coronavirus Vaccine with 50 Per Cent Effectiveness: Astrazeneca Shares Trial Blueprint After Moderna, Pfizer (TIMES NOW NEWS)

IATA Comment on Studies Regarding Onboard Transmission of COVID-19 (4HOTELIERS)

US Borders with Canada, Mexico to Remain Closed Through Oct. 21 to ‘Slow Spread of COVID-19’ (USA TODAY)

More Helpful Articles/Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information


GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Register Now for Tomorrow’s GBTA Collaboratory 2020 Webinar:
A Global Business Travel Pulse Check: Europe

Tuesday, September 22 | 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 Europe.

Catherine Logan, Regional Vice President – EMEA, GBTA

Lotten Fowler, General Manager, Swedish Business Travel Association (SBTA)

Anthony Baldwin, EMEIA Emerging Markets Travel Leader, EY
Eija Kurttila, Global Travel Manager, Telia Company
Carol Fergus, Global Travel Manager, Fidelity International

Register Now >>


 Industry Spotlight

GBTA Europe Town Hall

Join Us Tomorrow for an Informative Update!

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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Washington, DC

The purpose of this position is to serve as the Director, Travel and Relocation in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The incumbent advises the CFO and other staff on travel and relocation regulations, policies and procedures.

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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)

Monthly US Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Nearly Double in August (BUSINESSWIRE)

Gatwick Introduces ‘UV Tunnels’ to Disinfect Security Trays (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

IAG and American Airlines Granted Interim Extension to Joint Business Agreement (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Ground Transportation Industry News

New Normal in the Car Rental Industry: Hygiene a Prime Focus (FINANCIAL EXPRESS)

Hospitality Industry News

IHG Partners with Owner of the InterContinental® Houston – Medical Center to Install IVP Air Technology to Combat COVID-19 (HOSPITALITYNET)

More Industry News

Travel Industry Must Consider Offering Contactless Payment (GBTA.ORG)

EU Travel Industry Steps Up Quarantine Pushback (REUTERS)

From Travel Manager to Travel Enabler: How Policies, Standards and Roles Must Change as Travel Resumes (PHOCUSWIRE)


Ladders Mentoring Program: Apply Today

Are you one of the industry’s best and brightest? Ladders, GBTA’s prestigious mentoring program, is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 season. Deadline to Apply is October 9!

More Information >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Canada – Authorities Extend Border Closure with US Through at Least Oct. 21

Japan – Authorities Ease Large Gathering Limits Imposed due to Coronavirus Disease

Qatar – Second Part of Phase 4 of Easing Coronavirus Disease-related Restrictions Underway

United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi Emirate Clarifies Coronavirus Disease-related Quarantine Requirements for International Travelers

United States – Activists Plan to Hold Protests in Multiple Cities

Vietnam – Officials Continue to Ease Restrictions in Da Nang


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