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.


 

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.

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.

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.

GBTA Foundation Study Examines Booking Behaviours for German, UK and French Business Travellers

Nearly Half of Travelers Who Use Corporate OBTs Also Choose to Book Direct

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Alexandria, VA (March 28, 2017) – A new GBTA Foundation survey of business travellers who are based in Europe’s three largest business travel markets – Germany, the United Kingdom and France – revealed business travellers are increasingly booking direct with suppliers and embracing mobile and sharing economy services.

Business Travelers Rate How Safe Travel Feels to Top Developed and Emerging Destinations

Business Travelers Rate How Safe Travel Feels to Top Developed and Emerging Destinations

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Alexandria, VA (March 16, 2017) – Business travelers view terrorism as the greatest safety risk they face on the road, according to a new study released today by the GBTA Foundation, the research and education arm of the Global Business Travel Association. Almost half (45 percent) rank it as their greatest concern when traveling for business, much higher than the share indicating street crime (15 percent), illness/disease outbreaks/sanitation (13 percent), property crime/theft (12 percent), kidnapping (8 percent) or natural disasters (6 percent).

Ride-Sharing Services Now Allowed by One-Half of Corporate Travel Policies Across the Globe, According to Latest Survey by the GBTA Foundation and American Express

Road Warriors Find it Tough to Stay Fit on the Road

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Alexandria, VA (January 31, 2017) –Ride-sharing services are now allowed by one-half (50%) of all corporate travel policies, a jump from 44% in June 2016, according to the GBTA Business Traveler Sentiment Index™ Global Report – January 2017, in partnership with American Express. The Index examines business travelers’ feelings about their trip experience and how those feelings affect their behaviors on the road.

GBTA Foundation Study Reveals Majority of Companies Provide Travel Insurance and Assistance Services to Business Travelers

Overwhelming Majority of Travel Professionals Find Offering Insurance or Assistance Services to Employees Valuable

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Alexandria, VA (September 15, 2016) – A majority (53 percent) of travel professionals report their company provides both travel insurance and assistance services to their business travelers, according to a new study released today by the GBTA Foundation – the education and research of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – in partnership with AIG Travel, a worldwide leader in travel insurance and global assistance services. Additionally, almost all travel professionals (95 percent) feel providing insurance or assistance services offerings to employees are valuable for international trips with a vast majority (76 percent) agreeing they are valuable for domestic trips as well. 

MPI and GBTA Foundation Recognize CMM Recipients from Las Vegas 2016 Class

Accepting Applications for Reno/Tahoe Program in December

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DALLAS, TX and ALEXANDRIA, VA – September 6, 2016 – Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), recently presented the distinguished Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM) to 20 more meeting and travel professionals, bringing the total number of holders to 1,148 worldwide. This class participated in the program held May 6 – 9, 2016, in Las Vegas at the Aria Resort & Casino.

GBTA Foundation Honors GLP Designation Recipients

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Alexandria, VA (July 29, 2016) – The GBTA Foundation – the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – awarded 21 recipients with the prestigious GLP Designation during GBTA Convention 2016 last week in Denver. 

 

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