GBTA Daily News Brief – March 15, 2021

More Airlines Offering Vaccine Status on an App

British Airways is planning to allow people to register their vaccination status on its smart phone app. Under the plans, people who have had both jabs will be able to register their status. The airline’s chief executive, Sean Doyle, hailed the UK’s “great progress” in tackling the pandemic. He has called for vaccinated people to be allowed unrestricted options for international travel. “Those who have not been vaccinated should be able to travel with a negative test result,” he said. BA wants the government to support digital health apps which can be used to verify a vaccination or negative Covid-19 test results. (Source: PLANETSKI)

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COVID-19 News

Coronavirus Vaccine Updates: Travel Increase in US as States Ease Restrictions (ABC)

S.Korea to Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Drive, Aims to Inoculate Quarter of Population by June (YAHOO!)

Canada Adds 2,956 More COVID-19 Cases as Provinces Expand Vaccine Rollouts (GLOBAL NEWS)


Industry Spotlight

Virtual Listening Tour Begins Tomorrow!
Meet Suzanne Neufang, GBTA CEO

Suzanne Neufang, GBTA’s new CEO, is starting off in her new role by listening to, and checking in with, you – our members, industry leaders, suppliers and sponsors. During this listening tour, Suzanne will provide an overview of her background, share her future vision for GBTA and take your questions/comments. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance of the meeting.

Register Today to Meet Suzanne at One of these Upcoming Events:


GBTA Europe Town Hall / Listening Tour
March 16 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
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United States

US East Region Listening Tour
March 23 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
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US Midwest Region Listening Tour
March 24 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
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US West Region Listening Tour
March 25 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
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Latin America

GBTA LATAM Town Hall / Listening Tour and Latest Results from the BTI™ Outlook
March 25 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MEX
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Eastern Canada Listening Tour
March 29 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
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Western Canada Listening Tour
March 31 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
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Professional Development

Demonstrate Your Industry Knowledge:
Earn Your Global Travel Professional® (GTP) Certification

Brought to you by GBTA Academy, The GTP® Certification is designed to raise industry standards, enhance work performance, and recognize individuals who demonstrate core competencies essential to the business travel management discipline. On average, GTP® Certification holders earn over 7% more than buyers who did not have the certification. (Source: 2019 Travel Buyer Compensation and Benefits Report)

The Spring Exam application deadline is March 24, 2021. Virtual proctoring now available.

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Scholarships Now Available!

The new GBTA Academy Global Scholarship Program is designed to make education accessible for hundreds of members by offering financial assistance. As a result, GBTA members will have increased access to valuable educational opportunities during this challenging time in our industry due to the pandemic.

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GBTA Convention 2021

Suppliers: Prepare for GBTA Convention 2021 with a Complimentary, Virtual Event
GBTA Supplier Summit 2021


Wednesday, March 24 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Join industry peers and hear from GBTA staff to help you prepare for GBTA Convention 2021. Attendees will virtually tour the Orange County Convention Center, hear what new plans and protocols are in place for safety, learn about new critical sponsorship placements, and review important information, updates and more.

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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

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Airlines Turn to Traveler Intent Data to Forecast Demand (PHOCUSWIRE)

COVID-19 Bill Provides $800M for Airport Concessionaire Rent and MAG Relief (AUTO RENTAL NEWS)

Hospitality Industry News

Trip.com Group and Shangri-La Group Deepens Strategic Partnership (4HOTELIERS)

American Express and Hilton Launch Co-Branded Cards (4HOTELIERS)

More Industry News

New York Lifts Domestic Quarantine Rule Starting April (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Singapore, Australia Working on Possible Air Travel Bubble (DAILY SABAH)


Introducing the “Women in Tech” Series hosted by the GBTA Technology Committee

The GBTA Technology Committee created the “Women in Tech” Series so that executives in the travel industry could share their stories to encourage other women to blaze a career path in technology. This series kicks off with a recorded interview of Claudia Batten, a successful entrepreneur and Chair of the Board of Directors for Serko conducted by Anthea Crittle, Chairperson of the GBTA Technology Committee.

Recommended by WINiT

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Upcoming Events

National Security Roundtable: The Future of Travel Post COVID-19
March 30 | 2:00 PM EDT
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GBTA Canada Town Hall
April 7 | 2:00 PM EDT
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Career Builder from GBTA in Partnership with Dr. Lucy Rattrie
April 12
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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

China – Officials Easing Transport Restrictions, Testing Requirements in Beijing from 00:01 March 16

United Kingdom – Authorities Ease COVID-19 Restrictions in Scotland and Wales

United States – Heavy Rainfall, Strong Winds, Hail, and Possible Flooding Forecast Across Central and Southern Regions

United States – Officials in Washington State to Ease Restrictions Statewide and Amend Recovery Plan

United States – Officials in New York State to Continue Easing COVID-19 Restrictions Throughout March and Early April


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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