GBTA: Newly Passed Congressional COVID-19 Relief Funding A Key Step In Saving Travel Jobs, Restoring Worldwide Travel

Alexandria, VA — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s largest business travel association, hailed the passage by Congress of a new round of relief funding for Americans and for reeling businesses, including the global business travel industry.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacted an enormous toll on the travel ecosystem, which in turn has had a major negative impact on the U.S. and world economies,” said Shane Downey, Vice President of Government and Community Relations for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). “As the voice of the business travel industry, GBTA is pleased to see Congress pass a relief package that will save jobs, fast track COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution and aid travel companies on the precipice of bankruptcy.

“We can’t emphasize enough how desperately needed this funding is, or how much this action by Congress will add momentum to a global travel and economic resurgence. With that said, we hope Congress soon will tackle necessary COVID-19 liability relief for companies at risk through no fault of their own.”


David Leibowitz (NORAM), 602-317-1414, [email protected] 

Nikki Stimson (EMEA), +44(0) 7764 618199, [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 delivers 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, visit www.gbta.org.