GBTA Research and Professional Development Update

GBTA and American Airlines Raise $20,000 for ECPAT-USA during GBTA Convention 2018

GBTA held its first-ever Awareness 5K Run & Walk, in partnership with American Airlines, to raise awareness and funding to stop human trafficking on Sunday morning of Convention with more than 200 registered participants. GBTA continued to raise money throughout Convention, presenting a $20,000 check on Wednesday to benefit ECPAT-USA and its efforts to end child exploitation and trafficking. Details available here.


Majority of Travel Buyers Believe Female Business Travelers Face Greater Risk on the Road; New Research Identifies Top Safety Concerns for Women Travelers

Nearly 7 in 10 (69 percent) U.S. travel buyers believe that female travelers generally face greater risk when traveling for business, according to new research released by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with WWStay. Additionally, 61 percent feel it is very important to consider female safety when implementing risk management programs. Learn more.


Companies Increasingly Exposed to Financial Loss and Duty of Care Violations as the Number of Meetings Grow

Globally, half of company-held meetings are simple meetings, yet roughly half of survey respondents report their organizations do not use a “managed” meetings channel for simple meetings, according to new research released by GBTA in partnership with HRS. Read more.


Buoyant Global Economy Means Higher Hotel and Air Prices in 2019

Travel prices are expected to rise sharply in 2019, with hotels going up 3.7%, and flights 2.6%, driven by a growing global economy and rising oil prices, according to the fifth annual Global Travel Forecast, published by GBTA and CWT with the support of the Carlson Family Foundation. More details here.


New Research Identifies Business Travel Dining Trends

Clear generational differences exist when it comes to business traveler dining, payment and expensing options, according to new research released by GBTA in partnership with Dinova, Inc. According to first-of-its-kind research that delves into the psyche of the business diner, Millennials are more likely to dine on-the-go, while Boomers are most likely to wine and dine clients and Gen Xers typically dine in a group with colleagues. Learn more.


Travel Buyers Looking to Bring Innovation to Booking Process

Consumerization, personalized booking and live chat top the list of booking innovations travel buyers are most excited about offering through their travel program to improve the user experience, according to new research out from GBTA in partnership with SAP Concur. Read on for more details.


GBTA Forecasts Seven Percent Growth in Global Business Travel Spend, Potentially Signifying End to Era of Uncertainty

Global business travel spending reached $1.33 trillion in 2017, advancing 5.8 percent over 2016 levels, according to the GBTA BTI™ Outlook – Annual Global Report & Forecast, a new report released during GBTA Convention 2018. Spending is forecast to advance another 7.1 percent in 2018 and will expand to $1.7 trillion by 2022. Read more.


Upcoming Events

September 5: Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™ (Education)

September 6: Partner Event – DBTA TEMA MØDE | Let's Talk TMC Future (Education)

September 6: Partner Event – Hotelmanagement: Einkauf von Hotelleistungen (Education)

September 6: 2019 Global Travel Forecast- How much will travel cost in 2019? (Webinar)

September 11: Lost in Translation- 5 counter-intuitive realities in business travel management (Webinar)

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Thank You to Our Partners



AirPlus International


Avis Budget Group

BCD Travel

Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Carlson Family Foundation


Delta Air Lines



EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services

Enterprise Holdings, Inc.



HRS Global Hotel Solutions

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

IHG® – InterContinental Hotels Group

Lufthansa German Airlines

Millennium Hotels and Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts

Radius Travel

RoomIt by CWT

SAP Concur

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Southwest Airlines

United Airlines

U.S. Bank



Wyndham Hotel Group

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