Daily News Brief – September 4, 2020

Approval for Business Travel Is Changing, Plan for Considered Travel Permission

Approval for Business Travel Is Changing, Plan for Considered Travel Permission

How and when travel for business is approved has become a hot topic during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst some presume that all business travel was halted, this is not the case. Some organizations and sectors of industry had to continue to travel during the height of the pandemic in order to maintain the movement of essential goods and services.


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COVID-19 Updates

NY, Once Coronavirus Epicentre, Prepares to Reopen Malls, Casinos (ALJAZEERA) https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/ny-coronavirus-epicentre-prepares-reopen-malls-casinos-200903181114649.html

Abbott Is Testing Its Rapid Coronavirus Test on Asymptomatic People in Hopes of Expanding FDA Authorization (CNBC) https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/28/abbott-has-trial-of-its-rapid-coronavirus-test-for-asymptomatic-people.html

Number of Coronavirus Cases Continues to Decline in Saudi Arabia (ARAB NEWS) https://www.arabnews.com/node/1728021/saudi-arabia


More Helpful Articles/Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Dashboard – Updated frequently with new guidance documents and details – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/whats-new-all.html

COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country (CDC) – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

CDC Coronavirus Information – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/index.html

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

CBP Extends Closure of Trusted Traveler Programs Enrollment Centers to September 8 – https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-extends-closure-trusted-traveler-programs-enrollment-centers

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Overview of TSA’s “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” Campaign – https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-extends-closure-trusted-traveler-programs-enrollment

“Stay Healthy. Stay Secure” Video – https://www.tsa.gov/videos/stay-healthy-stay-secure

What to Know Before You Go – https://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/infographic-062920.pdf

TSA Screening Checkpoint Numbers for 2019 and 2020 – https://www.tsa.gov/coronavirus/passenger-throughput

TSA’s COVID-19 Webpage – https://www.tsa.gov/coronavirus

Runway to Recovery – https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/2020-07/Runway_to_Recovery_07022020.pdf

TSA Prepared for Summer Travelers with Updated Security Procedures – https://www.tsa.gov/news/press/releases/2020/05/21/tsa-prepared-summer-travelers-updated-security-procedures

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GBTA Collaboratory Highlights

The Road to Recovery Continues September 14

The all-new GBTA Collaboratory will continue September 14-18 with the theme, Virtual Payment Solutions. This webinar series continues to provide perspectives, best practices, expert insight, and actionable takeaways to address the issues facing the global business travel industry.

Week 4 Webinars include:

–   Benefits of Offering Contactless Payment Options

–   Crawl, Walk, Run: Quickly Launching a Virtual Payment Program

–    Buyer Discussion: Virtual Payments for the Future of Travel

–    The Impact of Regulation on Global Payments

–   Payment Solutions: Future of Touchless Virtual Payments

Registration for Week 4 is now open.

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Professional Development

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Wednesday, September 9

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM BST

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Trending Industry News

Aviation Industry News

Do You Need a COVID-19 Test If You Plan to Travel? Do You Still Need to Quarantine? What to Know About the Confusing Rules (USA TODAY) https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/09/04/covid-19-tests-quarantines-states-rules-can-confound-travelers/5659063002/

TSA Tests Touchless System That Matches Your ID to Your Face, Avoids COVID-19 Risks (USA TODAY) https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/09/02/covid-19-tsa-tests-touchless-system-matches-id-face/5681210002/

As Airlines Cut Flights, Southwest Is Adding Two New Warm-Weather Destinations (USA TODAY) https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/airline-news/2020/09/03/southwest-airlines-miami-palm-springs-flights-coming-schedule/5708662002/

Airlines and Airports Agree Conditions for European Winter Slots Waiver (TRAVEL DAILY NEWS) https://www.traveldailynews.com/post/airlines-and-airports-agree-conditions-for-european-winter-slots-waiver

Airlines Urge UK, US to Start London-New York Passenger Testing Trial (THE JAKARTA POST) https://www.thejakartapost.com/travel/2020/09/04/airlines-urge-uk-us-to-start-london-new-york-passenger-testing-trial.html



More Industry News

WTTC Calls for ‘Air Corridors’ Between Key Global Cities to Restore Business Travel (SOURCE) https://www.marketscreener.com/news/WTTC-calls-for-lsquo-air-corridors-between-key-global-cities-to-restore-business-travel–31230482/

Approval for Business Travel Is Changing, Plan for Considered Travel Permission (PHOCUSWIRE) https://www.phocuswire.com/business-travel-authorization

How Apple’s New Privacy Effort Will Impact Travel Marketing (SKIFT) https://skift.com/2020/09/03/how-apples-new-privacy-effort-will-impact-travel-marketing/

How to Manage Your Employees and Clients Through the Pandemic (HOSPITALITY NET) – FEATURES GBTA https://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4100460.html




COVID-19 Resources





Editor’s Note

In observance of Labor Day, the GBTA Daily News Brief will halt distribution on Monday, September 7. We will resume distribution on Tuesday, September 8. Please visit gbta.org to learn the latest developments in business travel.




WorldAware Intelligence Brief



Brazil – Activists Plan to Hold Nationwide Vehicular Protests China, Japan, North Korea and South Korea – Typhoon Haishen Strengthens while Tracking Westward in Philippine Sea Hong Kong SAR – Activists to March along Nathan Road in Kowloon Area of Hong Kong New Zealand – Authorities Extend Coronavirus Disease Restrictions Through at Least Sept. 16 Norway – Authorities to Tighten Coronavirus Disease-related International Entry Restrictions for Travelers from Italy and Slovenia United States – Officials in Ohio Update Travel Advisory List




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