Daily News Brief – September 24, 2020

Latest GBTA Poll Results: Two-Thirds of Companies Plan Return to In-Person Events

Latest GBTA Poll Results: Two-Thirds of Companies Plan Return to In-Person Events

Attention turns to 2021 as two-thirds of companies plan return to in-person events

The majority of GBTA companies expect their employees to return to in-person events in 2021. Almost half (45%) expect attendance to resume in the first half of the year, according to the latest poll conducted between September 15-19, 2020, by GBTA, with an additional 25% expecting a return to in-person events in the second half of 2021.

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COVID-19 Updates

US Study Shows Decline in Viral Load of Patients with COVID-19 as Pandemic Progressed (MEDICAL EXPRESS)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First Point-of-Care Antibody Test for COVID-19 (FDA)

Coronavirus Update: Potential Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Has Advantages over Moderna, Pfizer (CBS LOCAL)

New COVID-19 Cases Decline in Virginia, Northern Virginia (INSIDE NOVA)

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

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Professional Development

GBTA Academy
Get Started on Your Career Development

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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GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s GBTA Collaboratory 2020 Webinar:
A Global Business Travel Pulse Check: Africa

Friday, September 25 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET: Africa

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 Africa.

Catherine Logan, Regional Vice President, EMEA, GBTA

Robyn Christie, Business Consultant and Travel Luminary & GBTA South Africa Board of Directors’ Member


  • Darryl Erasmus – Client Guest Visitor Experience Expert, Independent Consultant
  • Elke Emmenis, Travel Operations Analyst, Jones Lang La Salle
  • Simon Stobbs, Chief Sales Officer, Wilderness Safaris

Register Now >>


Industry Spotlight 

GBTA Canada Call for Volunteer Applications
Deadline to Apply is October 16, 2020

The GBTA Canada Call for Volunteer Applications is now open! Volunteers are an essential component to the health and success of GBTA in Canada. We have developed a vast network of industry professionals that have contributed to the evolution of our Canadian association over the years. GBTA Canada is pleased to expand our volunteer opportunities with a variety of open positions.

Gain exposure, grow your network, expand your industry knowledge, develop your personal and professional profile, contribute industry insights and subject matter expertise, and give back to the business travel industry!

Apply Today >>

View the Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities Document >>

*Please Note: Volunteers must be a GBTA Member or become a GBTA Member in order to serve.


Job Board

Is Your Company Hiring?
Use the GBTA Career Center to post your business travel job openings and access thousands of qualified industry professionals looking to make their next career move.

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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

Positive About Flying? Airlines Look to COVID Tests That Give Results in Minutes (REUTERS)

Lufthansa to Start Pre-Flight “Rapid COVID Testing” Next Month (EXECUTIVE TRAVELLER)

Domestic Flights: Airlines Allowed to Return to Their Own Check-In Baggage Policies (THE TIMES OF INDIA)

United to Offer Hawaii-Bound Passengers Coronavirus Tests, a Possible Blueprint for Flights Abroad (CNBC)

Australian Domestic Airlines Promote State Border Openings (CENTRE OF AVIATION)

American Airlines Updates Mobile App with Touchless Check-In Experience, Useful Widget (THE POINTS GUY)

United Airlines Becomes First U.S. Carrier to Make COVID-19 Tests Available to Customers (PR NEWSWIRE)

UAE Airlines Could Reach 70-80% of Pre-COVID-19 Levels as Early as November (GULF NEWS)

More Industry News

Face-to-Face Meetings Still Preferable Despite Pandemic (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Thailand MICE Show Signs of Recovery (4HOTELIERS)


GBTA Ladders Program Mentors are highly accomplished executives with proven success in the travel business.

Want to establish connections with travel industry leaders and professionals? Check out the GBTA mentorship program. Application deadline: Oct. 9

More Information >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Australia – Authorities Easing Restrictions in Southeast Queensland; Border Restrictions, Other Measures Continue

Belgium – Authorities Announce Easing of COVID-19-Related Restrictions

Singapore – Authorities to Ease COVID-19 Domestic Controls, including Workplace Protocols

United States – Major Protests in Louisville, Ky.

United States – Officials in California Amend Restrictions in Certain Counties

United States – Authorities in Nevada Ease Restrictions on Certain Businesses in Some Counties


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