GBTA Launches Rules of the Road to Optimize Business Travel

GBTA Honors Senators and Representatives for Championing Business Travel

Alexandria, VA (May 10, 2016) – The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – today announced the new Rules of the Road for optimizing business travel at its 14th annual Legislative Symposium. GBTA mobilized its members to create this declaration of travel reform to guide industry, business leaders and policy makers in creating a travel ecosystem that fosters growth, jobs, safety and efficiency around the globe.

The Rules of the Road consists of eight guiding principles including safety and security, taxes, competition, fee clarity, communication, innovation, traveler experience and quality and connectivity. Together these principles will help to make the global travel systems safer, more secure, more reliable and a better place to conduct and facilitate business.

In conjunction with the Rules of the Road, GBTA created the inaugural GBTA Navigator Award to honor Senators and Representatives who have been strong champions for business travelers and the business travel industry.

“These Senators and Representatives clearly recognize the important impact business travel has on driving the economy and job growth, and GBTA appreciates their efforts and actions to promote business travel,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA Executive Director and COO.

The 2016 GBTA Navigator Award honorees are:

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D – CT)
Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Senator John Thune (R-SD)

Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN)
Representative Sam Graves (R-MO)
Representative John Katko (R-NY)
Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY)
Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL)

The awards were given as part of the GBTA Legislative Symposium where business travel professionals have an opportunity to advocate for the future of the business travel industry and meet with lawmakers to share their opinions on key industry issues. The two-day event includes educational sessions, Congressional speakers and more than 140 visits with Senators and Members of Congress.

CONTACT: Colleen Lerro Gallagher, +1 703-236-1133, [email protected]

About the Global Business Travel Association
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA and the GBTA Foundation deliver world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth,