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 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.

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.

European Business Travellers 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. Layovers, changing a reservation mid-trip, work environment while travelling and preparing expense reports also topped the list of most challenging aspects for European business travellers.

GBTA Announces Partnership with MPI to Deliver New Meeting and Event Education Track at Upcoming Conference

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London, 18 September 2017- The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) today announced the two associations are collaborating to present meeting and event focused education at GBTA Conference 2017 Frankfurt in Partnership with VDR, taking place in Frankfurt, 28-30 November.

GBTA Announces New European Advisory Board Appointments

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London, United Kingdom (December 15, 2016) - The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – announced three new appointments to its European Advisory Board: Ricardo Crespo, AbbVie; Flavio Ghiringhelli, HRS; and Javier Amigo Prous, Campofrío Food Group Holding. Scott Torrey of Concur was also recently appointed to the GBTA Foundation European Advisory Board.

Brexit Impact Yet to Hinder Europe’s Growing Business Travel Market

Germany Continues to Lead the Charge Amongst Major Business Travel Markets in Europe

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FRANKFURT, Germany (16 November 2016) –The Eurozone’s population and institutions may have been surprised by the outcome of the June Brexit referendum, but the economy has barely missed a beat as markets have snapped back after an initial slide, according to the GBTA BTI™ Outlook – Western Europe report, conducted by the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). Consumers are consuming and businesses are hiring, investing and traveling for now. While spending has been somewhat resilient, measures of near-term investment intensions plunged in the third quarter of this year, suggesting coming weakness.

GBTA and VDR Announce American Express Global Business Travel CEO Doug Anderson as Featured Speaker for Upcoming Europe Business Travel Conference

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London, 8 November 2016 - The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – and German business travel buyer association VDR – today announced that Mr Doug Anderson, CEO of American Express Global Business Travel, will be a featured speaker at GBTA Conference 2016 Frankfurt in Partnership with VDR, taking place in Frankfurt, 14-16 November.

GBTA and VDR Announce Security and Counter Terrorism Expert Hagai Segal as Opening Keynote for Upcoming Europe Business Travel Conference

GBTA and VDR Announce Security and Counter Terrorism Expert Hagai Segal as Opening Keynote for Upcoming Europe Business Travel Conference

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London, 2 November 2016 - The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – and German business travel buyer association VDR – today announced that Mr. Hagai Segal, will be a featured speaker at GBTA Conference 2016 Frankfurt in Partnership with VDR, taking place in Frankfurt, 14-16 November. Mr Segal’s address is made possible by Sabre Corp.

GBTA and VDR Announce Concur President Elena Donio as Featured Speaker for Upcoming Europe Business Travel Conference

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London, 15 September 2016 - The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – and German business travel buyer association VDR – today announced that Ms Elena Donio, President of Concur, will be a featured speaker at GBTA Conference 2016 Frankfurt in Partnership with VDR, taking place in Frankfurt, 14-16 November.

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