GBTA Daily News Brief – March 18, 2021

GBTA Poll: Digital Health Verification – The Solution to Safely Resume Business Travel

Optimism Increases as Vaccine Roll-Out Accelerates

GBTA today reported on the findings from its 17th poll looking at the impact of the pandemic on the business travel industry.

Two-thirds of GBTA members and stakeholders (66%) believe implementing Digital Health Verification (also known as “vaccination passports” of “digital green certificates”) is a good policy, the majority of whom believe it will help employees safely resume business travel. The poll also finds a positive increase in optimism among members as the vaccine rollout ramps-up globally and the benefits of a vaccine start to take hold.

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Watch a Two-Minute Video Summary of Poll Results >>


COVID-19 News

28.5% of American Adults Have Gotten a COVID Vaccine: How Each U.S State Is Doing (FORTUNE)

Apple Maps Now Displays COVID-19 Vaccination Locations (APPLE)


GBTA Convention 2021
Call for Volunteers

Apply Today to Become a GBTA Convention Ambassador

GBTA is looking for 50 members to each serve 8 hours during Convention 2021 as a Convention Ambassador. All Ambassadors will receive a preferred registration rate of $150 to attend GBTA Convention 2021. Convention Ambassador applications will be accepted through March 26, 2021 and final selection announcements will go out in April.

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Professional Development 

Learn How to Create an Effective Strategic Meetings Management Program:
Register Today for The Fundamentals of Strategic Meetings Management™

Pioneers and thought leaders in meetings, procurement, and travel management have collaborated to create a road map and share best practices on how to create and manage an effective strategic meetings management program for your company. The program covers 6 modules and includes 3 two-hour live sessions with an instructor. Please note this is a virtual event.

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Scholarships are available for GBTA Members that have met the course requirements.

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Industry Spotlight

Don’t Miss the Opportunity 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 

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

Air India Announces New Flights to Moscow, Singapore and Brisbane (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Singapore Airlines Partners with Collinson for UK Pre-Departure Tests (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

IATA Travel Pass Successfully Trialled On First International Flight (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Hospitality Industry News

Hotel Bookings Reach Near-2019 Levels After UK & US Reopen (4HOTELIERS)

Border Openings and Vaccine Passes Are Essential For Hotel Recovery, Says CEO of Luxury Hotel Group (CNBC)

More Industry News

Updated: Tourism groups back Digital Green Certificate proposals (TRAVEL WEEKLY)

GBTA Supports the European Commission’s Proposal to Introduce a Common, Inter-Operable and Mutually-Recognized Digital Green Certificate (HOSPITALITY NET)

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

How Pandemic-Led Consumer Behaviors Might Play Out in Travel (PHOCUSWIRE)

Sabre Piloting NDC Offers in GetThere (BUSINESS TRAVEL NEWS)

Surge in Demand for Remote Work Drives Innovative HR Tech by Equus (PR NEWSWIRE)


U.S. Representative John Katko, “The new era of air travel is taking shape.”

Representative Katko, Ranking Member on the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, said during GBTA’s Ready. Safe. Travel. Summit, “We are committed to working with key industry partners, including the Global Business Travel Association, to redefine air travel and ensure a safe experience. We have already seen industry taking incredible steps to improve the passenger experience, from contactless check-in to touch-less security procedures. The new era of air travel is taking shape.”

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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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GBTA Europe Town Hall
April 15 | 2:00 PM GMT
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WorldAware Intelligence Brief 

China and Mongolia – Strong Winds May Produce Dust Storms Across Multiple Regions through at Least March 20

France – Activists to Gather in Multiple Cities Nationwide

South Africa – Trade Union Members Plan Protest Outside US Consulate General

Spain – Activists to Protest in Cities Nationwide

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


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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