GBTA Daily News Brief – March 17, 2021

GBTA Supports The European Commission’s Proposal to Introduce a Common, Inter-Operable and Mutually-Recognised Digital Green Certificate

To Kickstart a Return to Business Travel


GBTA supports the European Commission’s proposal to introduce a Digital Green Certificate that is inter-operable and consistent across Members States. The certificate will verify that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has recovered from the virus, or has a negative test result, to enable the safe and swift restart of business travel in the EU.

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COVID-19 News

Entering China Is Now Easier for People Who Have a Vaccine — But Only If It’s Made in China (CNBC)

Moderna Begins Testing Its COVID-19 Vaccine on Young Children (GLOBAL NEWA)


GBTA Regional Town Hall

GBTA Europe Town Hall

Yesterday GBTA Europe held its monthly Town Hall incorporating the first in a series of listening tours with new GBTA CEO, Suzanne Neufang. During the Town Hall Suzanne provided an overview of her background, shared her future vision for GBTA and answered members questions on a variety of topics including sustainability, the future of hybrid events and global advocacy efforts.

If you missed the Town Hall, you can listen to the recording here.


Industry Webinar

Hear from Aviation Experts in an All-New Webinar:
National Security Roundtable: The Future of Travel Post COVID-19

Tuesday, March 30 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Join us for an interactive conversation with aviation experts as they explore the policies and programs needed to regain the confidence of the traveling public. Speakers will share their unique perspectives on how the aviation industry will grow from the COVID-19 pandemic and capitalize on the innovative opportunities that await the industry, driving the future of a touchless travel experience.

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GBTA Convention

Early Bird Rates Have Been Extended!
Register Today for GBTA Convention 2021

Join your peers at The Business Travel Event of the Year® for exclusive education and networking around the latest industry trends, technologies, challenges, and solutions facing the business travel industry. GBTA Convention 2021 will take place July 17-21 in Orlando, Florida.

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Health and Safety Measures
GBTA and the OCCC are keeping you safe in Orlando.

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Industry Spotlight

Don’t Miss the Chance to Meet Suzanne Neufang, GBTA CEO
Virtual Listening Tour Continues Next Week!

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:

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 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 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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Job Board 

Business Travel Jobs Postings

Meeting Planner | Chicago, Illinois
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Director, Global Travel Operations | Austin, Texas
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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

United Airlines Returns to JFK Airport in New York (SIMPLE FLYING)

Recovery in UK Bookings Unaffected by AstraZeneca Setback, Airlines Say (KELO)

A Successful U.S. Economy Is Dependent on a Successful U.S. Airline Industry: Analyst (YAHOO!)

More Industry News

Vaccine Passports Should Be Free, Private and Secure, White House Says. But Who Will Be Issuing Them? (USA TODAY)

How Travel Brands Are Using Apple’s App Clip to Drive Engagement, Touchless Experiences (PHOCUSWIRE)

Travel Leaders: One-Third of Client Have Booked Their Next Trip (LUXURY TRAVEL ADVISOR)

Emburse Elevates the Post-Pandemic Business Traveler Experience with Acquisition of Roadmap (AOAO)

UK Considers Vaccine Passports to Allow Summer Travel, Says Minister (CNN)

Hospitality Industry News

Holiday Inn Express Shows Brand Momentum in Europe (4HOTELIERS)


Early Signs of Business Travel Recovery

Mark Sharoff, Senior Research Analyst at GBTA, shares some encouraging results from our latest poll on the impact of COVID-19 on the business travel industry.

Watch the Video >>


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
Learn More >>


WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

Cyprus – Health Officials Ease COVID-19 Domestic Restrictions

Europe – Climate Activists to Demonstrate in Urban Centers Across Europe

Switzerland – Health Officials Plan to Ease Domestic COVID-19 Measures

United States – Heavy Rainfall, Strong Winds, Hail, and Possible Flooding Forecast Across Eastern Regions Through at Least Early March 19

United States – Officials in Washington, DC Ease Several Restrictions due to Decreases in COVID-19 Activity


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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