GBTA News and Commentary

GBTA is the voice of the global business travel industry. GBTA leadership and members are often sought as experts to comment on wide-ranging issues affecting our industry. Our news, editorials and perspectives bring to life the latest business travel industry insights, trends, advocacy, events, research and education.


 

GBTA to Congress: Don’t Increase the PFC

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“The IATA study confirms that any PFC increase will have a negative economic impact,” said Michael W. McCormick, GBTA executive director and COO. “This is especially true for the business traveler as the PFC is essentially a tax on the cost of doing business. Money spent on taxes and fees is money that is not spent supporting economic growth and job creation. Congress should reject any PFC increase.”

GBTA Honors BCD Travel’s Torsten Kriedt with Luoma Award

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – recently honored Torsten Kriedt, Vice President for Product Strategy and Innovation at BCD Travel, with the prestigious Luoma Award. Gehan Colliander, Chair of the GBTA Europe Advisory Board, presented the award during GBTA Conference 2017 Frankfurt in partnership with VDR last month.
 

AI, Risk and Traveller Centricity Were the Hot Topics of GBTA Conference 2017 Frankfurt in Partnership with VDR

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The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – and German business travel buyer association VDR – wrapped up yet another successful joint conference in Europe last month. Artificial intelligence (AI), duty of care and traveller centricity were among the hot topics discussed throughout the three-day industry gathering bringing together travel professionals and industry leaders for Europe’s largest business travel event.

Survey: Consolidation of Event Programs Leads to Future Success for Travel Managers, Event Planners

Two years later, nearly all travel managers and event planners with consolidated programs report success

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Travel, meeting and event program consolidation — when organizations connect internal structures that overlap in function, but have not historically communicated with each other — has grown 62 percent since 2015. If this trend continues at this rate, two-thirds (68 percent) of programs will be fully consolidated by 2019, according to new research released today by the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with Cvent, Inc., the leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology company.

 

Access to Risk Management Services Still Far From Universal

Duty of Care Made Difficult by Lack of Visibility into Travel Plans

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The vast majority of business travellers feel their companies take duty of care seriously, yet access to various risk management services is far from universal, according to new research released today from the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association. Roughly one-third of German, French and UK business travellers say their organisation does not provide an assistance hotline to call in an emergency or unexpected event – one of the most basic services available.

GBTA and Travelers United to Congress: Don’t Tax Travel Again

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Alexandria, VA (November 8, 2017) – Today, the Global Business Travel Association and Travelers United sent a joint letter to Congress urging opposition to a proposal that would increase the cap on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC). In July, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted unanimously (31-0) to approve a proposal included in the FY2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Act, that would increase the cap on the PFC from $4.50 to $8.50. The estimated cost, $2.6 billion, would be levied on all travelers purchasing airlines tickets.

Many Companies Don’t Know the Details of Their Travel Payment Methods

Payment Solutions: What You Don’t Know Can Cost Your Company

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Alexandria, VA (October 31, 2017) – Small and mid-sized companies are significantly more likely to allow business travelers to use non-transparent payment methods such as personal credit cards or cash advances, according to new research released today by the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association. When looking at usage of corporate credit cards, Central Travel Accounts (CTAs) and virtual cards, adoption is consistent regardless of company size, showing these methods are accessible for a variety of companies.

Travel Coalition Supports the TSA Modernization Act

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Alexandria, VA (October 24, 2017) – Today, a coalition of travel associations sent a letter to the Senate Leadership urging support for S. 1872, the TSA Modernization Act. A copy of that letter can be found here. The TSA Modernization Act would advance the deployment of new technologies at security checkpoints, mitigate risks to public areas at airports, and reduce delays in air travel. The bill would also give the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) additional tools to expand TSA PreCheck, a valuable trusted traveler program that increases security at the checkpoint while providing for expedited screening.

Asia Pacific Business Travelers Identify Top Challenges They Face on the Road

Frictionless Travel Can Impact Employee Recruitment and Retention

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Alexandria, VA (October 10, 2017) – Time spent in transit is the most challenging aspect of business travel, according a new report released today by the GBTA Foundation – the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association. The work environment while travelling, layovers and rebooking flights and hotel stays also topped the list of most challenging aspects for Asia Pacific business travellers.

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