GBTA Daily News Brief – March 19, 2021

Survey: Most Buyers Project 2021 Domestic Travel Return

About three-quarters of corporate travel buyers and procurement professionals surveyed this month by the Global Business Travel Association project their organizations will resume non-essential domestic business travel sometime this year, if they haven’t already.

About 60 percent of the approximately 302 respondents to the GBTA survey, which was conducted online March 8-13, indicated they believe their organizations will restart such travel in the second half of 2021, with about 24 percent projecting no restart until 2022. About 7 percent indicated such travel already has restarted, with the remainder suggesting it would start by the end of June. – FEATURES GBTA (SOURCE: BUSINESS TRAVEL NEWS)

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COVID-19 News

Europe to Resume Use of AstraZeneca Vaccine After Blood Clot Concerns (THE WASHINGTON POST)

Side Effects Mean Your COVID-19 Vaccine Is Working. But What If You Don’t Have a Reaction? (INQUIRER)


Industry Spotlight

The Politics of Travel

As we discussed in the last Politics of Travel, Congress passed, and the President signed the $1.9 Trillion American Recovery Plan. The plan invests billions of dollars to increase the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, expand testing capacity, and bolster the public health system’s ability to respond to the virus. Our friends at Cornerstone Government Affairs produced an excellent break down of the bill. 628 pages reduced to two.

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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 next Wednesday, March 24.

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 at this supplier only event 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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Industry Spotlight

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

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?

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Trending Industry News

Top Stories

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American Airlines to Restart Ten Transatlantic Routes Before End of March (MOODIE DAVITT REPORT)

Turkish Airlines Reporting Better Traffic Results Than Its Competitors (TRAVEL WEEK)

Singapore Changi Launches Baggage Disinfection Service (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

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Business Travel Industry Optimistic About Digital Health Verification

Chris Ely, research director at the Global Business Travel Association, (GBTA) offers some insights into GBTA’s 17th monthly poll on the impact of the pandemic on the business travel industry.

The poll uncovered some optimism around digital health verification programs. Two-thirds of GBTA members and stakeholders (66%) believe implementing digital health verification (also known as “vaccination passports”) is a good policy. Among those who feel digital health verification is a good idea, most believe it is a quick and easy way to document that people have been vaccinated, which will help employees safely resume business travel.

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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 – Health Officials Easing COVID-19 Restrictions

Europe – Activists to Rally in Cities Across Europe to Denounce COVID-19 Lockdown Measures

Japan – Authorities to End State of Emergency for Tokyo and Surrounding Prefectures

Sri Lanka – Authorities Relax COVID-19 Quarantine for Vaccinated Entrants and Short-term Outbound Travelers

United States – Heavy Rainfall, Strong Winds, Hail, and Possible Flooding Forecast Across Eastern Coast


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Visa Information

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