Daily News Brief – September 28, 2020

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Memo to GBTA Members

Dave Hilfman’s Monday Memo to GBTA Members

Around the world, we continue to see sobering statistics about spikes in COVID-19 infections. This unwelcome news and its downward economic impact on global business travel underscores the need for governments of all nations to provide more help and resources for our members and the business travel sector.

Here in the U.S., October 1st represents a key deadline for the airline industry: The previous CARES ACT relief effort protected employees’ jobs until that date for companies who received funding as part of the initial $25 billion relief effort. Collectively, America’s largest airlines have broadcast that as many as 100,000 layoffs could occur soon after October 1st should Congress not pass another round of relief funding.

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COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Vaccine Update: Australian Firm Says Its Nasal Spray Reduced Coronavirus Growth In Animal Study (TIMES OF INDIA)

Fauci Sees COVID-19 Vaccines for Different Patients with Five in Final-Stage U.S. Trials (FORBES)

Coronavirus Weakening? Viral Loads Carried By Patients on the Decline, Along with Death Rate (STUDY FINDS)

L.A. County Coronavirus Numbers Show Continued Decline in Hospitalizations (LOS ANGELES TIMES)

More Helpful Articles/Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information


Industry Spotlight

Time Is Running Out for Small Businesses – Congress Must Act Now
Please follow this link to send a message to Congress to act on funding for airline employees and to release additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds for the industry.GBTA has joined with the American Hotel & Lodging Association, U.S. Travel Association, International Franchise Association, along with trade associations representing wide swaths of the economy, to implore Congress to take swift action to provide additional relief to America’s small businesses.

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GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s GBTA Collaboratory 2020 Webinar:
Finding the Balance: Company and Personal Privacy While Working Remotely

Tuesday, September 29 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET

As millions of employees find themselves working from home (“WFH”), they may be putting the security and privacy of themselves, their families, and their employers at risk. This session will look at personal and family safety, security and privacy issues, and good practices. We will walk through the myriad of organizational security and privacy issues that arise from working remotely, whether at home or at other locations. Issues that range from people overhearing phone and meeting conversations, what happens to confidential information that was printed out, to access and storing confidential information on your home computer. Finally, we will debate the organizational responsibility for compensation for use of the home, internet, and other resources.

Bruce McIndoe, Founder, WorldAware


  • Jorge Mesa, Director – Global Crisis Management, BCD Travel
  • Angela Mazzonetto, Chief Privacy Officer, Bruker
  • Jill Samuel, Vice President of Human Resources, Dragos

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GBTA Regional Town Halls
GBTA Mexico Town Hall

Monday, October 5 | 4:00 PM CST

This event is created exclusively for the Mexican market and its travel industry. Attendees will connect with local peers and exchange useful information, while influential industry professionals will share their thoughts on a new era in the travel industry, post-COVID-19.

Complimentary for travel industry Buyers and Suppliers.

*GBTA Mexico Town Hall will be offered in Spanish

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Wednesday, October 7 | 3:00 PM CST / 5:00 PM ART

What is the present and what is the future for corporate events? Join us for this virtual event where a panel comprised of front-line professionals in the field – organizers, suppliers, and venues – will have an informal discussion and review the tools applied to navigate this challenging year. Trends will be also analyzed, while we review the new objectives and new opportunities for 2021 and beyond.

Complimentary for travel industry Buyers and Suppliers.

*GBTA LATAM Town Hall will be offered in Spanish

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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

‘IATA and UNOCT to Cooperate on Countering Terrorist Travel’ (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS)

Delta Air Lines to Resume Minneapolis to Amsterdam Flights (SIMPLE FLYING)

Airlines’ Push for Rapid COVID Tests Is Here to Stay (TRAVEL PULSE)

Flights Between the UAE and Saudi Arabia Resume (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Emirates to Resume Flights to Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Hospitality Industry News

Wyndham Launches New Mobile App (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Ground Transportation Industry News

Uber Wins Appeal Against London Ban (THE VERGE)

More Industry News

Keep the Change: Will Business Travel Evolve for the Better? (CWT)

WTTC: New Report Reveals Keys to Restoration of Travel and Tourism (HOTELMARKETING.COM)


Member Benefit: GBTA On Demand

GBTA On Demand is comprised of GBTA Collaboratory webinars, education sessions from events, archived webinars, Industry Voices Interviews and more. This GBTA member only benefit includes access to nearly 2,000 videos on the latest topics and trends in the business travel industry. Watch a quick video on how to navigate GBTA On Demand. Not a member? Join today.


WorldAware Intelligence Brief

Australia – Authorities to Further Ease Restrictions in Metro Melbourne

China – Protests Possible in Hong Kong Through National Day

Europe and Tunisia – Storm Systems to Bring Heavy Precipitation, Strong Winds, and Possible Flooding to Multiple Regions Through at Least Sept. 29

New Zealand – Heavy Precipitation, Strong Winds, and Possible Flooding Forecast Nationwide Through at Least Sept. 29

United States – Florida Lifts All Coronavirus Disease-Related Restrictions Statewide


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